Society for Music Perception and Cognition

SMPC Awards

About

As part of our mission to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in the fields of music perception and cognition, SMPC has created multiple awards to recognize and support members at various stages of their careers. These include the lifetime achievement award, student research and early career awards, the excellence in mentorship award, and conference travel/childcare awards.

☞☞2022 Deadlines ☜☜

Student Research Awards: Nominations due with conference submission on February 15, 2022
Early Career Award: April 15, 2022
Mentorship Award: April 15, 2022
Travel/Childcare Grant: May 6, 2022

Award Descriptions

Early Career Award

The Early Career Award has been established by the SMPC to recognize a scholar within 10 years of receiving their terminal degree (with extension for parental or medical leave) who has made outstanding research contributions to the study of music cognition and perception and shows continued promise to be a leader in the field. In addition, this award will factor in excellence at mentorship and action to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion as part of this individuals’ research program. Eligibility includes an extension of the 10-year limit of up to two years for applicants who have been granted a childbearing, parental, or medical leave. The award recipient will be highlighted at SMPC in an award ceremony, and will receive free registration to the SMPC conference. They will further be given the opportunity to highlight their research and/or mentorship at a future SMPC event.

Application Submission

Applicants (self-nominations allowed) should submit a 250-500 word research statement outlining: up to three research-related contributions that they judge as most important; envisioned future research; and how their work involves mentorship and promotes equity, diversity and inclusion. Nominees should also provide an abbreviated CV, limited to 2 pages. These materials should be emailed to smpcawards@musicperception.org, with subject line “Early Career Award - [Applicant’s name]” by the deadline.

Decisions will be made by an ad-hoc committee with diversity in interdisciplinary scope, including at least one member of the SMPC Committees for Mentorship and of the Anti-Racism & Equity Committee, based on the submitted letters and statements.

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Mentorship Award

The Mentorship Award has been established by the SMPC to recognize a non-student SMPC member (e.g., postdoctoral fellow, staff scientist, faculty member, industry professional) who excels at mentoring others in achieving their career objectives, providing skill-based and socio-emotional support to students, and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion. This award aims to recognize currently active mentors, who may be early in their careers (rather than serving as a lifetime mentorship award). The mentor should: A. help mentees develop ideas intellectually and guide them in acquiring necessary skills outside of taught courses; and B. demonstrate care for the well-being and career development of mentees. The award recipient will be highlighted at the SMPC conference in an award ceremony, and will receive free registration to the SMPC conference. They will further be given the opportunity to highlight their research and/or mentorship at a future SMPC event.

Application Submission

Nominations for the mentorship award should be made jointly by the mentees and the mentor; we encourage mentors interested in this opportunity to circulate this information to their mentees. Mentors should submit a 250-500 brief statement, addressing their mentoring approach and experience, including efforts to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in this context. Additionally, at least two mentee statements per nominee are required: Mentees (current students, or students who received mentorship in the past five years, at any level) should submit brief statements of 250-500 words; each statement should be written by a single individual and should not be co-signed. Mentee statements should address how the mentor fits the criteria for the award outlined above. 

NEWLY ADDED: Nominating co-mentors for a shared award. It is possible to nominate two co-mentors to share the award. In this case, the mentors’ and students’ statements should also address why a co-award is appropriate (e.g. a history of co-mentoring students in a coordinated and intentional way). Mentees should submit separate statements for each mentor. Therefore, nominations for co-mentors should have four mentee statements (two for each mentor; each mentee should write in support of both co-mentors). 

Statements by mentors and mentees should be sent (together or separately) to smpcawards@musicperception.org, with subject line “Mentorship Award - [Applicant’s name]” by the deadline.

The winner will be chosen among nominees who have received at least two supporting mentee letters. Decisions will be made by an ad-hoc committee with diversity in interdisciplinary scope, including members of the SMPC Committees for Mentorship and of the Anti-Racism & Equity Committee, based on the submitted letters and statements.

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Student Research Awards

Student Research Awards have been established by the SMPC to recognize the contributions of students/trainees (undergraduate, graduate, or postbaccalaureate researchers) at the SMPC meetings. The award recipients will be highlighted at the SMPC conference in an award ceremony, and will receive free registration to the SMPC conference.

Application Submission

All undergraduate, post baccalaureate, and graduate students who are first authors on an SMPC conference abstract submission are eligible to apply. Self-nominations will occur during abstract submissions. Finalists for the award will be asked to submit a 3-5 minute long video presentation of their work after abstract acceptance, which will be due 1 to 2 months before the conference. 

Award decisions will be made by the conference's program committee, together with an ad-hoc committee including members of the SMPC Committees for Mentorship and of the Anti-Racism & Equity Committee, based on the abstracts and videos. Finalists will be able to opt-in to sharing their videos afterward, e.g. through SMPC social media channels.

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Travel and Childcare Grant

The Travel and Childcare Grant has been established by the SMPC to support up to the full the cost of travel to the SMPC meeting, including the cost of childcare, on the basis of merit and need. 

Potential recipients must meet one or more of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for a travel award: (a) full- or part-time students, (b) unwaged or partially waged researchers, including postdoctoral researchers or adjunct faculty with need, or (c) researchers from the Global South/ low- or middle-income countries, particularly those for whom SMPC is the nearest relevant pan-national society meeting.

Application Submission

To be eligible, the applicant must be a first-author or presenting author of work accepted for presentation at the conference. After abstracts have been accepted, individuals should send application materials to smpcawards@musicperception.org, with subject line “Travel Award Application - [Applicant’s name]” by the deadline.

Application emails should provide name, affiliation, contact address, e-mail, as well as the following additional information:

(a) their status, for eligibility for the award (student/unwaged/partially waged/ from Global South or LMIC)

(b) their nationality

(c) their country of current residence

(d) the amount of funding they are seeking, with an approximate itemized budget

(e) why other sources of funding are not available to meet their needs; e.g. additional funding mechanisms they have applied for; or the lack of such opportunities.

(f) A copy of their accepted conference abstract.

Decisions will be made by an ad-hoc committee including members of the Mentorship Committee, Program Committee, and Anti-Racism and Equity Committee. When selecting awardees, the committee is expected to consider equity, diversity and inclusion, by ensuring that awardees include members of underrepresented groups, including but not limited to: Indigenous Peoples, racialized minorities, persons with disabilities, women, first generation students, and researchers from the Global South/ low- and middle-income countries.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

SMPC Lifetime Membership Award

In 1995, the Society awarded lifetime memberships to Leonard Meyer and Diana Deutsch. In recognition of the unique contributions of these two individuals to music perception and cognition, we decided to let their honorary lifetime memberships stand as a special category, separate from the SMPC Achievement Award.

The SMPC Lifetime Achievement Award

Initiated in 2011, the SMPC Achievement Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of music perception and cognition. The award carries lifetime membership in SMPC. Anyone is eligible for the award, except current SMPC board members. Awards are to be presented at SMPC meetings. Nominations and decisions are made by an ad-hoc committee comprising of board members

Past awardees:

• 2017 award: Jay Dowling & David Huron
• 2015 award: Lola Cuddy
• 2013 awards: Mari Reiss Jones & Sandra Trehub
• 2011 awards: Eugene Narmour & Carol Krumhansl

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