Since 2006, the Faculty of Human Sciences has been giving out the Beatrice Edgell Award for outstanding doctoral theses written by women. The award comes with a cash prize of €1,000.
It is designed to encourage women to pursue a career in research, advance the careers of female early career researchers and increase their chances of securing research funding, fellowships or junior professorships.
In 1901, British psychologist Beatrice Edgell was the first woman to obtain a doctorate from the University of Würzburg. Her doctoral thesis titled ‘Die Grenzen des Experiments als einer psychologischen Methode’ (‘The Limitations of Experiment as a Psychological Method’) was supervised by Oswald Külpe, a pioneer in the field of experimental psychology. After her return to the UK, Beatrice Edgell embarked on a remarkable academic career at the renowned Bedford College, now part of Royal Holloway, at the University of London.
Beatrice Edgell became the first female professor of psychology in the UK (in 1927) and the first female president of various renowned societies and professional bodies for psychologists in the UK, e.g. of the British Psychological Society (in 1930) and the Aristotelian Society (in 1927).
1) Academic qualification - eligibility requirements:
- Doctorate earned ‘magna cum laude’ or ‘summa cum laude’; regarding the grade, the conventions of the relevant disciplines will be taken into account
- Peer-reviewed publications
- Other publications
- Conference contributions
2) Proven anchoring at the Faculty:
- To be eligible for the award, candidates must have completed their doctorate at the Faculty of Human Sciences.
- The candidates’ career and development prospects at the Faculty of Human Sciences will be taken into account when an award decision is made.
3) Applications package requirements:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Letter of motivation - why are YOU the best choice for the award? (2 pages max.)
- Supporting documents for 1)
- Supporting documents for 2)
Re 1) Please attach a list.
Re 2) Please attach a summary of your research accomplishments to date (1 page) and your potential for further achievement (1 page).
A researcher at the Institute of Human-Computer-Media who received her doctorate with distinction was chosen for the 2020 Beatrice Edgell Award: Isabelle Vilsmeier received the award for her doctoral thesis titled ‘Facing Social Robots. Experimental Studies on Emotional Reactions towards Social Robots using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS)’. Her thesis was supervised by Prof. Schwab, holder of the Chair of Media Psychology.
Isabelle Vilsmeier has an impressive track record of publications and talks. An example that women can overcome obstacles and be successful in STEM, she is a deserved winner of the Beatrice Edgell Award.
|2020||Dr. Isabelle Vilsmeier (Media Psychology)|
|2019||Dr. Wienke Wannagat (Psychology)|
|2018||Dr. Diana Löffler (Psychological Ergonomics)|
|2017||Dr. Christiana Schallhorn (Communication Studies)|
|2016||Dr. Andrea Beinicke (Psychology)|
|2015||Dr. Michaela Vogt (School Pedagogy/Primary Education)|
|2014||Dr. Barbara Schwerdtle (Psychology)|
|2013||Dr. Manuela Scheuermann (Political Science)|
|2012||Dr. Katja Likowski (Psychology)|
|2011||Dr. Katharina Diergarten (Psychology)|
|2010||Dr. Petra Markel (Psychology)|
|2009||Dr. Dagmar Fügmann (History of Religion)|
|2008||Dr. Patricia Grygier (School Pedagogy/Primary Education)|
|2007||Dr. Andrea Reimherr (Philosophy)|
|2006||Dr. Christina Schwenck (Psychology)|