Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Student Prize in Psychoanalytic Studies

The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia is pleased to announce an annual prize of $250.00 to be awarded to a student pursuing an undergraduate degree at Penn for the best paper using psychoanalytic ideas. Papers written in either semester of a calendar year must be submitted by December 31st of that year, with the prize to be awarded during the spring semester that follows.

Papers should be submitted to Dr. Lawrence Blum at ldb@lawrenceblum.com

Prize Winners

Yi (Ella) Yang, ’24, 2023
“A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Cursing in Mandarin”

Lillian Cody, ’24, 2023 (Runner-Up)
“Psychoanalysis and Racialized Imperialism: Theoretical Overview and Applicability to the US Colonization of the Philippines”

Liwa Sun, ’24, 2021

Hei-Yue (Hayley) Ng, ’21, 2020
“Collectivism and Individualism in Children Literature: A Cross-Cultural Psychoanalysis of East Asian and Western Moral Reasoning Through the Lens of Folktales”

Zeeshan Huque, ’18, 2017
“The Case of Alma Mahler: Using Freud’s psychoanalytic theories to understand the psyche of the twentieth century’s most famous femme fatale.”

Gabriel Ferrante, ’17, 2016
“A Psychoanalysis of Wordless Music”

Undergraduate Education of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Undergraduate Essay Prize

A $500 prize will be awarded to an undergraduate paper or essay which engages psychoanalytic ideas in relation to a focused question in any academic discipline.
Sponsored by

Committee on Undergraduate Education of the American Psychoanalytic Association


The paper must have been written in an undergraduate course or under an instructor’s supervision within one year of submission. The paper should be between 12-20 pages in length, and should neither have been published nor submitted for publication.


Essays should be submitted by the instructor. In a separate cover letter, please include the course name (if applicable), the instructor’s name, and the name of the student along with his/her contact information (mailing address, email address and telephone number). Submit via email to Debbie Steinke Wardell.

Only one submission per instructor, please.

Essays are due September 30
APsaA’s Psychoanalysis and the Academy Committee Chair
Peter L. Rudnytsky, Ph.D., LCSW (plr@ufl.edu)
Prize Winners
Tung Chau, ’17
“Masochism in Three Texts”

Society for Psychological Anthropology

Undergraduate Essay Prize

The Society for Psychological Anthropology solicits entries for the Richard G. Condon Prize for the best student essay in psychological anthropology. The winner will be awarded $500 and one year’s free membership in the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winning essay will be published in Ethos after working with the Editor for final preparation of the manuscript.

The prize is named for the late Richard G. Condon, whose work included the study of adolescence, family, and change among the Canadian Inuit. Psychological anthropology is defined broadly to include interrelationships among psychological, social and cultural phenomena. Essays will be judged on their relevance to psychological anthropology, organization and clarity, and their theoretical and methodological strengths. The author must be an undergraduate or graduate student on July 10, 2020, but the author need not be a current member of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winner will be recognized at the SPA Business Meeting at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

Submission Guidelines

Papers submitted for consideration must follow these guidelines:

1.     The submitted paper must not be published in any form, or currently under review for publication in any outlet in the U.S. or abroad.

2.     Papers must not exceed 9,000 words inclusive of all references, endnotes and acknowledgements.

3.     Papers must follow the American Anthropological Association style guide.

4.     Submitted papers must be emailed as a single Microsoft Word document to Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, SPA’s Secretary, at elizabeth.a.carpenter-song@dartmouth.edu. The deadline is July 10, 2020.  In the email:

a.     Subject line of the email should read “Condon Prize Submission.”

b.     In the body of the email, provide the author’s name, permanent (not institutional) mailing address, and email address, student affiliation (university and department), and the title of the paper that is attached.

c.     Confirm student status in the body of the email and provide an estimated date of graduation.

d.     Ensure that no evidence of the author’s identity is evident in any way in the text of the Word document or by reference in the paper.

Please direct any questions to Elizabeth Carpenter-Song at elizabeth.a.carpenter-song@dartmouth.edu.

All award and selection committees abide by the SPA’s Conflict of Interest Statement and Recusal Policy.


Membership in the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

For student membership in the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, please visit: https://pcph.memberclicks.net/community-membership-privileges