The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Esther Hyatt Wender Fund for Collaborative Research in Psychology


Funding is available from the Esther Hyatt Wender Fund to facilitate and financially support summer research in psychology by teams of Reed College faculty and students. This fellowship was created through the generous donation of Reed alumna Dr. Esther Wender ’58, a philosophy major who enjoyed a renowned career as a researcher, pediatrician and early expert in the study of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Esther credits Reed with giving her the tools to rise to leadership positions by teaching her how to think, analyze and come up with good ideas. The award is for $4,800 in the form of a stipend for the student researcher. The expected time commitment is approximately 30 hours/week for 10 weeks, although the specifics will vary by project.


Application is open to faculty/student research teams proposing to work on problems of substantial scientific merit in the field of psychology. Faculty may sponsor only one application each year. Eligible students include those returning to Reed for the academic year following the summer grant period as well as graduating seniors. In most cases, students applying for the Wender Fellowship are expected to apply to the Reed College Science Research Fellowship (RCSRF) as well. Those who receive the RCSRF will be taken out of consideration for the Wender Fellowship.


The application must include the following:

Title of Project, Name of Student, and Faculty Mentor

  1. Abstract: Describe the salient features of the proposal. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.
  2. Introduction: Provide a background and rationale for your project with citations
  3. Identify your specific aims and hypotheses?
  4. Methods
  5. Describe your anticipated results, conclusions and possible implications of your research. Some attention may be given to alternate outcomes.
  6. List of References

Note: Do not exceed 5 pages including references and abstract.


The completed proposal should be sent in electronic form by the faculty member to Joan Meyer ( In addition to the Abstract and Proposal, faculty mentors are asked to submit a Cover Letter that describes their support of the project. Applications are due Friday, April 5, 2024, at 12:00 pm.