Department of Psychology
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Dr. David Buss Awarded 2017 APS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement

Mon, February 1, 2016
Dr. David Buss Awarded 2017 APS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement
Professor David Buss

Professor David Buss Receives Association for Psychological Science's Mentor Award

 

The APS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement is an annual award established by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Board of Directors to "honor members of the discipline who have shaped the future directions of science by masterfully helping students and others discover and pursue their own career and research goals."

The award honors the importance of mentoring in this field, as well as the dedication and impact of individuals with a distinguished record of teaching, advising, and encouraging students and colleagues who go on to have productive and influential research careers.

The APS Board of Directors wrote to Dr. Buss that the award "recognizes the enormous impact you have had in shaping the future directions of psychological science by fostering the careers of your students and colleagues... Your distinguished record of training, teaching, advising, and encouraging students and colleagues who go on to have productive and influential research careers is the reason you have been selected for this award."

Dr. Buss is one of a relatively small number of scientists who established evolutionary psychology as a major research area in psychology. When people think about Buss’s role as one of the founding fathers of evolutionary psychology, they often think about his extensive and provocative research. However, his commitment and success in training doctoral students and sparking the interest of undergraduates in evolutionary perspectives is another key component.

Buss has trained some of the best and brightest of the new cohort in evolutionary psychology. To date, he has had 24 doctoral students (12 women and 12 men) who completed their degrees. A remarkable 70% of his graduates went on to hold tenure/tenure-track positions in universities in the US, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Korea, where they continue their own research and also train future evolutionary psychologists.

Evolutionary psychology started about 30 years ago, when Buss was in the early stages of his career. Since then, evolutionary psychology has become a key theoretical perspective within psychology. The area has grown because of increased interest among undergraduates, and doctoral students who became trained in this emerging discipline, and the students they trained in turn. Buss has been a major contributor at all levels of this process.

The award will be conferred during the Opening Ceremony of the APS Annual Convention in Boston, MA, on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

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