This year, the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) annual conference, to be hosted in Auckland, New Zealand, was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, disappointing Ruth Kuntzman and Rachel Maunder who were scheduled to present their research.
Rachel had been selected for the prestigious Outstanding Postgraduate Research Award session as one of only four candidates. In lieu of what would have been excellent presentations, the SASP OPRA committee elected to choose the winner and runner up from the applications submitted for the session.
The judges unanimously decided to award Rachel first place, an award that comes with a $500 prize.
Rachel was also separately awarded the Margaret Foddy Travel Award, $300, as sponsorship to attend the conference. This is the third time Rachel has been chosen for this award.