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Psy-Connection Award

Purpose

Applying knowledge to improve human lives has been a major objective of Psychology. The Psy-Connection Award is an annual prize that encourages the creative use of what is learnt in classroom settings to promote the welfare of humankind.

Submission Format

Proposals or completed projects are both welcomed. Participants should submit a brief (no more than three A-4 pages) proposal / report providing the details of the project, as well as supporting materials for the budget, product and its outcomes when applicable.

The product can be in the form of a video, a newspaper article, a website, a tangible device, service or function, etc.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Committee will evaluate the projects and select one winner based on their

  1. Contribution to humankind;
  2. Feasibility (for proposals; include project timeline) or challenges overcome (for completed projects);
  3. Creativity / originality; and
  4. Relevance to psychology / utilization of psychological knowledge or skills.

 

Announcement of Results

2016-17

The Psy-Connection Award was held from December 2016 to March 2017. Congratulations to the following awardees of Psy-Connection Award 2016-17!

  • Champion - Ho Yin Lam (UG/Yr3), Wong Sau Ling (UG/Yr1), Su Yen Jou (UG/Yr1), Zebedee Cheah Rui En (UG/Yr1), Tsui Wai Fung (UG/Yr3); The Grateful App
    • Comments from selection panel:
      “This project deals with a very important issue. The approach is OK but I am not sure it can work better than the existing approaches. Therefore, I have some doubt on the feasibility.”
      "The topic is very important, given the alarming rate of youth suicides in recent months. Theories are applied, but I feel things the connections between points need to be strengthened."
  • Runner-up - Ma Yuet Kwan Gloria (Ph.D./Yr3);"Wheel We Meet? Make it Wheel!" by Wheel Power Challenge
    • Comments from selection panel:
      “This is a well-rounded project, but it is not particularly strong on any of the 4 aspects.”
      "The proposal is very well written. Theories are applied. The names of the activities are carefully crafted. The programme is on the radar of the public and media already! "
  • Runner-up - Ngan Siu Hin (Ph.D./Yr1); A mobile application for multitasking training
    • Comments from selection panel:
      “This is a very good project which is particularly strong on its creative approach and potential novelty.”
      "The idea is interesting. Theories are also applied. I am not completely sure, however, about whether the programme would be different, from a user perspective, than other games available on the phone. In fact, the apps on the phone are so diverse that now I think the problem is not to teach people how to multi-task, but instead how to focus on one task at a time."

 

Special thanks to the Psy-Connection Award Selection Committee members -- Prof. Ian Lam from the Education University of Hong Kong (Alumus), Prof. Him Cheung and Prof Liqiang Huang.

The champion will have maximum HK$5,000 for the implementation of the project in the coming year, and receive a HK$5,000 cash award after the completion of the project, and the runner-ups will receive certificates as recognition of their great works.

2015-16

The Psy-Connection Award was held from December 2015 to March 2016. Congratulations to the following awardees!

 

Special thanks to the Psy-Connection Award Selection Committee members -- Prof. Francis Cheung from Lingnan University (Alumus), Prof. Chin Ming Hui and Prof Urs Maurer.

The champion will have maximum HK$5,000 for the implementation of the project in the coming year, and receive a HK$5,000 cash award after the completion of the project, and the runner-ups will receive certificates as recognition of their great works.

2014-15

The Psy-Connection Award was held from December 2014 to March 2015. Congratulations to the following awardees!

 

Special thanks to the Psy-Connection Award Selection Committee members: Prof. Anise Wu from the University of Macau (Alumus), Prof. Wai Chan and Prof. Chin Ming Hui.

The champion will receive a cash award of HK$2,000 and another HK$4,000 for the implementation of the project in the coming year; and the 1st runner-up will receive a cash award of HK$1,000 and another HK$3,000 for the implementation of the project. All awardees will receive certificates as recognition of their great works.

2013-14

The Psy-Connection Award was held from October 2013 to March 2014, and we received ten proposals from our undergraduate and postgraduate students this year. Congratulations to the following awardees!

 

Special thanks to the Psy-Connection Award Selection Committee members: Prof. Winton Au, Prof. Shu Fai Cheung from the University of Macau (Alumus) and Prof. Qian Wang.

The champion will received a cash award of HK$5,000 and another HK$5,000 for the implementation of the project in the coming year, and the runner-ups will receive certificates as recognition of their great works.

2012-13