Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics | PIB

2023-2024 PIB Handbook
A guide to the PIB Area for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.

2024-2025 PIB Handbook
A guide to the PIB Area for the 2024-2025 Academic Year.

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Auke Tellegen Fellowship in Applied Personality Assessment
The Auke Tellegen fellowship is for students conducting research in applied personality assessment. Research in applied personality assessment involves the use or development of personality inventories to assess major aspects of human behavior and its correlates in clinical, forensic, occupational, or social settings. For eligibility information, please see the Department of Psychology's page on Summer Fellowships.

Thomas J. Bouchard Fellowship
Every year, the PIB program has the opportunity to give out one or more Thomas J. Bouchard Fellowships, each providing approximately $5,000 of summer support (though the exact amount changes from year to year). The purpose of the Bouchard fellowship is “to provide payments to full-time graduate students at the University of Minnesota according to the following guidelines: recipients of the award shall be full time graduate students enrolled in the area of Personality, Individual Differences, Behavioral Genetics in the Department of Psychology and working toward a degree, in good academic standing, with exceptional potential in their field.” To be eligible for this award, you should not already have summer support for 2024. Students who have previously received a Bouchard Fellowship are welcome to apply, although we will typically give preference to students who have not won the award before.

If you are eligible and interested, please submit a 1-2 page proposal describing your summer research activities, an unofficial transcript, and a copy of your CV, by email to Darian Schwietz, PIB Area Support Specialist, at The deadline for these applications is January 26, 2024.

Interested in Other Funding?
For additional funds that you can apply to within the Department of Psychology, click on "Grad Studies" (listed at the top of the intranet page), then click on "Fellowships & Awards".


For the administrative steps that you must take for each milestone, please see the Ph.D. Progress Checklist within the PIB Handbook.

At least 2 weeks prior to your Master's Oral, Prelim Oral, or Final Oral Exam, make sure to contact your Area Support Specialist ( to let them know...

  • The type of exam that you need to schedule (Master's Oral, Prelim Oral, or Final Oral)
  • The date and time of your exam
  • The modality of your exam (in-person, hybrid, remote)
  • The names and emails of your committee members
  • Who is serving as the chair of your committee


Intended Month of Graduation
Used by students to understand when to submit their Application for Degree based on their intended graduation month.

Exit Checklist
Explains steps that students need to take after they have successfully defended their dissertation or are leaving the University.

Career Resources

Area/Departmental Resources:

  • Graduates of the PIB Program have a variety of career pathways after graduation (ex. academic, consulting, HR, tech, etc.). For a list of specific careers that some of our graduates have begun after graduation, please see PIB's Career Database.
  • Each semester, Dr. Moin Syed teaches a one credit "Psychology Research and Professional Development Workshop". If you are interested in taking this course (PSY 8960), please contact Dr. Moin Syed ( to let him know.

University Resources:

Other Resources

  • The Association for Research in Personality (ARP) is a scientific organization devoted to bringing together scholars whose research contributes to the understanding of personality structure, development, and dynamics. Their aim is to promote scientific research, promote training and network-building, and enhance diversity.
  • The Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) is the world’s largest organization of social and personality psychologists. For networking opportunities, career guidance, job opportunities, and teaching resources, please see their webpage for additional information.
Colin DeYoung
Director of PIB & BP
N422 EltH | 624-1619
Darian Schwietz
Area Support Specialist
N420 EltH | 301-2702