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J. William and Katherine C. Asher Endowed Research Fund

The Asher Fund provides financial support for quality research investigations in psychological science.

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J. William Asher, a DePauw Alumnus and Professor Emeritus of Education and Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. He is highly committed to undergraduate research in psychology at DePauw and has been a strong supporter of our program for many years. Because of his generosity, the Asher Fund has supported numerous research projects, including original research for student/faculty collaborations in the senior capstone, summer research experiences, and independent research projects on Winter Term and during the regular academic year. The Asher Fund has also provided support for faculty research on sabbatical and pre-tenure leaves, aided students and faculty alike to present original research at regional, national, and international conferences, allowed for the purchase of laboratory equipment and computers, and even contributed support to DePauw students engaged in off-site research. In recent years, the Asher Fund has supported research presentations at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Typically, ten or more students are able to present and attend APS because of Dr. Asher’s support. Current estimates place the value of the Asher Fund at around $750,000. This year, the Asher Committee expects to allocate over $40,000 in funds for quality research investigations in psychological science.

  • DePauw faculty member Carrie Van Brunt was awarded $11,700 to study prepulse inhibition in BALBc mice. 
  • DePauw students Rachel German, Katherine Wood, and Laura Hedrick were awarded $3200 for travel to present findings on the MMPI-2 and PAI in pain and sleep disturbance at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science.
  • Psychology department was awarded $8,000 to purchase computers to support laboratory and original research in psychological science.
  • DePauw faculty member Scott Ross was awarded $680 to purchase a laptop computer for conducting research while abroad.
  • DePauw faculty member Michael Roberts was awarded $870 to support a research assistant and $200 for gift certificates as incentives for research participants.  
  • DePauw faculty member Terri Bonebright was awarded $2200 to purchase equipment for research using Event-Related Potentials. 
  • DePauw faculty member Matt Hertenstein was awarded $6200 for sabbatical research to compile and publish an edited Handbook on Touch.  
  • DePauw Senior thesis students Evan Skarin and Jarrod Johnson were awarded $1700 to conduct a study on Flow using an experience sampling method. 
  • DePauw faculty member Sharmin Tunguz and student Whitney Woods were awarded $6200 to conduct summer research.
  • DePauw faculty member Christina Wagner was awarded $890 to attend a workshop on Structural Equation Modeling.

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