Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will PIGs be available next year?
A: This year’s PIG fund was provided by the department as seed money while Psy-COGS attempts to secure money from other sources, such as SGA and the College of Sciences; thus, at this time, the future of the PIG is uncertain.
Q: Is the review single- or double-blind and why?
A: Reviewers know the name of the applicants but applicants do not know the name of reviewers, thus we use a single-blind review process. The PIG Committee has chosen not to anonymize applications because it is important for the reviewer to have knowledge of the applicants’ and their advisors’ expertise and experience and, in many cases, the research question will reveal the applicant(s). We have chosen to keep reviewers anonymous to encourage an objective evaluation of the proposal and because any questions about an award decision should be directed at the PIG Committee (and specifically the PIG directors) who ultimately make the award decisions.
Q: What is being done to mitigate bias in the review process?
A: Award decisions are made based on input from multiple people throughout the various stages of the review process and all decisions must be justified.
Q: How are reviewers chosen?
A: Reviewers are chosen from amongst the psychology graduate student body and are selected based on their expertise and its relevance to the proposed project. Because of the departments small size and even smaller areas, reviewers may not always come from an applicant’s area.
Q: Projects that are already funded cannot be supported by a PIG—can you elaborate?
A: PIG money is a limited resource that should support projects that have the potential to advance knowledge and impact our society but that may not be undertaken without PIG support. Therefore, PIG applications requesting money to enhance a project that is already funded—for example, by increasing the sample size, buying equipment to alleviate a bottleneck, or to pay for training for a new project member—will not be considered.
Q: How can I become part of the PIG committee?
A: Join Psy-COGS next year!
Q: I have some questions/comments/feedback, who do I contact?