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The Council for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS) is a body that provides grants for research and events in the Faculty of Social Sciences that advance research and scholarship in the Faculty. During the recent award competition, Danielle Molnar (PSYC) received a research grant for a study entitled "Perfectionism, procedural fairness, and effective responses to unfavourable outcomes: The role of causal attributions." According to Dr. Molnar, "The goal of the present study is to determine whether the fairness of the procedures used to arrive at negative outcomes affects how perfectionists react when they receive negative outcomes. We further test whether causal attributions explain why perfectionists respond differently than nonperfectionists when they receive negative outcomes and receive unfair treatment. For example, are perfectionists less emotionally upset about receiving a negative outcome when they are treated unfairly rather than fairly because the unfair procedures allow them to blame their negative outcome on the unfairness of the procedures rather than themselves? The findings from this study will have important implications, as they will provide clear evidence of the usefulness of examining perfectionism with a person by situation interaction perspective that takes into account the evaluative conditions that perfectionists find themselves in."