Rayner Memorial Award



Dr. Keith Rayner

Dr. Keith Rayner was the Atkinson Family Professor in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego and a leading figure in the field of eye-movement and cognitive psychology. His research involved the use of eye-movement measurements to probe the process of skilled reading, and resulted in the publication of over 400 research articles that have been cited over 25,000 times. In addition to his research, during his four decades working in the field both at UCSD and other institutions, he mentored over 28 graduate students and 33 post-doctorates, earning him the Outstanding Mentorship Award from Women in Cognitive Science.


Rayner Memorial Award

To commemorate the profound influence Dr. Rayner exerted in the field of eye movement and cognitive psychology, as well as his legacy of mentorship, the Rayner Memorial Award was established in 2015 in part due to a major gift from SR Research. The Rayner Memorial Award is given to a graduate student presenting at the biannual European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM) to recognize outstanding early career contributions to research on eye-movement measurement techniques to study perceptual or cognitive processes.


Message From The Committee

Please check back for information regarding how to apply for the 2019 Rayner Memorial Award! If you would like to learn more about the European Conference on Eye Movements, please view their 2015 and 2017 websites. For information about past receipients, please view here.


Supporting The Rayner Memorial Award

If you are interested in supporting this award, gifts can be made:

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  • By phone: If you would like to contact someone in person to make your gift, please call (858) 246-0372.
  • By mail: To mail in your gift check, make your check payable to the “UC San Diego Foundation,” write the gift fund name and number (Keith Rayner Memorial Award 2664) and mail it with your payment to:

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La Jolla, CA 92093-0940 

If you have any questions about giving, please contact Doug Kurtz at (858) 822-0805.