Boyd McCandless Award Open for Nominations

The Boyd McCandless Award recognizes young scientists who have made distinguished theoretical contributions to developmental psychology, conducted programmatic research of distinction, or made a distinguished contribution to the dissemination of developmental science. The award is for continued efforts rather than a single outstanding work. Scientists who are within seven years of completion of the doctoral degrees are eligible, and for the 2018 award (to be judged in 2017), nominees should have received their degrees in 2010 or later. In certain circumstances when the scientist has taken an extended leave of absence (e.g., for his/her own serious health condition, for the birth or care of his/her child, to care for an immediate family member who has a serious health condition, etc.), one extra year of eligibility may be granted. Any scientist wishing to be considered for an extra year of eligibility should submit a letter explaining the circumstances to the Chair of the Award Committee along with official documentation of the leave.

To nominate an individual, please email the following to Willem Frankenhuis (

  • A letter of nomination
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Up to four representative publications
  • Suggestions for additional potential referees.

Nominations are due by March 15, 2017.

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