The purpose of this award is to recognize the best Ph.D. thesis that was accepted at a university during the past year, written in any field covered by the journal Psychometrika. Submitted theses will be evaluated by a panel of three judges comprised of past presidents of the Psychometric Society; their decision will be final. Judging will be on the basis of the level of originality in the ideas and techniques, the possible applications and their treatment, and potential impact. The panel may arrive at the conclusion that none of the submitted theses merits the award.
Measurement and quantification is ubiquitous in modern society. In early modernity, the scientific revolution provided a firm scientific basis for physical measures like temperature, pressure, and so on. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, a similar revolution took place in psychology with the measurement of intelligence and personality.
The Society would not exist without its members, and as a primarily volunteer-run organization we definitely need your input. The website and the journal are two areas where we constantly need help, but the annual conference needs a new location and a new set of volunteers every year. Those are just the known needs: we also welcome feedback and suggestions from our members at any time.