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Jessica Shankman is presented the Anne Pick Award by ICD Director Megan Gunnar

Anne D. Pick Award for Outstanding Child Development Major

The Anne D. Pick Award was established in honor of Professor Anne Pick’s commitment to undergraduate students and their scholarly endeavors. The award is given to a child psychology major at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, who has demonstrated excellence in academics and research or service activities.

Selection of the award recipient is based on academic potential, and past or present scholarship or service in the area of child development. Recipients have their name inscribed on a plaque at the Institute of Child Development, and receive a certificate and a scholarship of $500 and up to $250 in travel/research funds. Please note that students who have reached their maximum financial aid award are not eligible for the $500 scholarship, but will be eligible for up to $750 in travel/research funds.

Selection Criteria:

  • Senior graduating in the current academic year
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.70 or higher
  • Excellence in scholarship or service
    • Scholarship is defined as intellectual involvement outside the classroom that may include scholarly papers or presentations and/ or active involvement in faculty/student collaborative research or independent research.
    • Service may be to the University of Minnesota, the Institute of Child Development, and/or Twin Cities community and is defined as activities provided to the community (e.g. teaching gymnastics to children with special needs, volunteering in a shelter), positions of leadership held in student academic/service organizations (e.g., CPSO, Psi Chi), peer advising, internships or apprenticeships.

Application instructions:

To apply students must submit the following application materials to Meghan Allen Eliason ( at the Institute of Child Development by Friday, October 27, 2017:

  1. Resume, including two academic and/or professional references.
  2. A personal statement (two pages or less) addressing your current involvement in scholarship, service and/or volunteer projects, as well as any future plans involving child development.

All applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the ICD Undergraduate Studies Committee and applicants will be notified of a decision by the end of November.

Collegiate scholarships

The College of Liberal Arts annually awards scholarships to continuing students based on a separate application. To learn more about collegiate scholarships please visit the College of Liberal Arts Student Services and Advising website.

University-wide and other scholarship opportunities

The University of Minnesota provides scholarship opportunities for new and current students. To learn about University-wide and other scholarship opportunities please visit the One Stop Student Services website.

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