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The Kurt Lewin Award

Named for the late Kurt Lewin, a pioneer in the science of group dynamics & a founder of the SPSSI, this award is presented annually for "outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action."

Typically, the award recipient presents a distinguished address each year as part of SPSSI's annual meeting.

This is a list of past award winners and the titles of their spoken addresses.

Past winners sorted by name / Sorted by year


Call for Nominations:  SPSSI’s 2022 Kurt Lewin Award

Although Kurt Lewin made contributions in many fields, his activities and research were a remarkable personal crystallization of the goals of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.  The award is given in honor of Kurt Lewin and of his legacy.   

ELIGIBILITY

Nominees and self-nominees should be investigators who have made “outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action.” 

AWARD

Named for the late Kurt Lewin, a pioneer in the science of group dynamics and a founder of SPSSI, this prestigious award is presented annually.  Typically, the award recipient is invited to present a distinguished address as part of SPSSI’s program at the annual meeting.  The winner of the award also receives a plaque and $1,000. The award is made annually.
 
HOW TO APPLY

Nominations and self-nominations should include full name, contact information, current CV, and a short statement of recommendation (400 words or less).  Nominations can be endorsed by multiple SPSSI members, but separate letters of recommendation are not required. Nor is selection made on the basis of how many recommendations are received for any nominee. Nominations should be emailed to awards@spssi.org with the subject “Kurt Lewin Nomination.”  The selection committee may request additional information to supplement nominations.


The deadline for receipt of materials is announced annually, typically in the early fall.  This year, the deadline is November 15, 2021.

 


2021 Kurt Lewin Award

The SPSSI 2021 Kurt Lewin Award is being awarded posthumously to Dr. James S. Jackson.  The Lewin Award is SPSSI’s highest scholarly honor and premier career recognition for distinguished research on social issues. As such, we are thrilled to recognize Dr. Jackson’s significant work and impact on our field. Dr. Jackson was nominated for the Kurt Lewin Award for his outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action, and his research on racial health disparities.