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: Who will review the PIG applications?

A: The applications will be reviewed by three sets of reviewers: student reviewers, PIG committee reviewers, and faculty reviewers. Each application will be reviewed by two student reviewers, and the student reviewers’ scores will be reviewed and approved by members of the PIG board and faculty reviewers. Therefore, while student reviewers provide the actual scores for each application, the second and third round of reviews provide an opportunity to compare scores across reviewers and applications to ensure fairness.


Q: Is the review single- or double-blind and why?

A: The review process will be double-blind for the student reviewers. Student reviewers will receive the content of the PIG applications with all names (including faculty supporters) redacted. Although last year we chose not to anonymize the applications for student reviewers, we hoped that doing so this year would help foster more trust in the review process. Applicants will not know the names of the reviewers 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. Once the student reviewer ratings have been made, the PIG board of directors and faculty members will have the full applications, names included, to compare the ratings across student reviewers.


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: Psychology graduate student volunteers will be solicited in the spring semester to review the PIG applications. Reviewers will be assigned to applications 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?

A: interlabgrant@psych.gatech.edu