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Psychology Conference Awards

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The following awards are given out annually at the Psychology Conference (Psych).

You can view the most recent winners, or see winners from previous years.

To be considered for an award, please visit the conferences and events page for details on how to register for upcoming conferences.

Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award

Science Atlantic Science Communication Award

The Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award and the Science Atlantic Science Communication Award are offered at each of the annual Science Atlantic-sponsored student conferences.

The Karen Nicholson Award in Neuropsychology

Presented at the Annual Science Atlantic Psychology Student Conference First presented in May 2008

The Karen Nicholson Award in Neuropsychology is presented annually for the best Neuropsychology undergraduate presentation (oral or poster) at the Science Atlantic Psychology Conference. Preference will be given to presentations dealing with human neuropsychology.



The Award will be made following a procedure determined by the Science Atlantic Psychology Committee.

In any year, if there is no suitable candidate, the judging committee has the right to not give an award.

The decision of the judges is final.

The Award

The award is a $100 cash prize which is presented at the conference. By accepting the prize, the winner agrees to have his or her name, presentation title, and abstract provided to the donor.


This award is sponsored by an anonymous donor.

About Karen Nicholson

Karen Nicholson (1971-2007) was a member of the Science Atlantic Psychology Committee whose research interest was in the neuropsychology of perception. Karen grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta where she received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Lethbridge. She then completed her Master’s degree in Psychology with Dr. Doreen Kimura at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), followed by doctoral studies of the types of cues (shape, colour) that impact perception, supervised by Dr. Keith Humphrey, also at UWO.

Karen’s interest in the neuropsychology of perception was furthered during her postdoctoral work with Kevin Munhall at Queen’s University. She carried on to her own lab at Mount Allison University in 2002, where she was hired as an Assistant Professor. Karen passed away in November 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Karen will be remembered as a committed teacher and a talented and energetic researcher.