In the summer of 2020, the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience issued a charge to form the P&N Task Force on Diversity, Inclusion, and Climate. As its first act, The Task Force created the Stella Powell-Williams Award, using internal support to supplement selected grants submitted as part of a special call for graduate and postdoctoral research projects related to identity, diversity, inclusion, equity, and thriving.
The Task Force created this award in living honor of Stella Powell-Williams, a Durham native, who has been a grants and contracts administrator in the department for 13 years and a Duke employee for over 30 years. The award recognizes the invaluable administrative contributions and critical support that Stella has provided over many years. Grant funding allows the department to accomplish the full scope if its work, and Stella's expertise in grants management has helped foster the success of many research programs.
Congratulations to students Jack Brooks, Mikella Green, and Jaime Castrellon who have been selected as 2020 recipients of the Stella Powell-Williams Award. Inspired by Stella’s local community contributions, awardees were selected based on the community impact of their proposed research. Each recipient has received a $300 award added to their Graduate Grant Award sponsored by the Charles Lafitte Foundation Program for Research in Psychology & Neuroscience: Special Call for Psychological Research related to Identity, Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Thriving.