Gil Einstein was born in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and moved to the United States
when he was four years old. He was a French citizen until 2004, when he
became an American citizen. He
was raised in God's country (New Jersey). In the middle of his graduate
training at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Dr. Einstein took a year's
leave of absence and pursued the life of a ski bum in Crested Butte,
Colorado. A season of working as a ski-lift operator
convinced him to return to graduate school and finish his degree.
Dr. Einstein and his wife Patty, who also graduated from the University of
Colorado and is now a realtor, have two wonderful daughters and sons-in-law (Julie and Scott Trost live in Mount Pleasant, SC and Alex and Connor Donahue live in Hoboken, NJ) and a beautiful grandson (Jake Trost). Gil and Patty love sports, especially surfing, skiing,
soccer, and basketball--and they adore visiting their grandson.
Dr. Einstein's undergraduate years included the life-altering experience of conducting undergraduate research. This ignited a passion for using the scientific method to solve problems of the mind. One reason that he loves teaching at Furman is because of its deep and long-standing commitment to undergraduate research. He loves getting students involved in research, and many of his students coauthor publications and make presentations at conferences.
Dr. Einstein has more than 100 publications, including six books. His research is
published in psychology’s top journals and has a high citation rate. His
research has been funded by major granting agencies, including the
National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and
Space Administration, and the National Institutes of Health (including
four RO1 awards). He also has served on the Editorial Boards of several
major journals, including Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning,
Memory, and Cognition; Memory & Cognition;
and Psychology and Aging.
Dr. Einstein is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He received Furman University’s Meritorious Teaching Award in 1985 and the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Association Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. In 2010, he was designated a Fellow by the Council on Undergraduate Research, and at which time he was one of only 14 Fellows from all science disciplines in the country. Dr. Einstein also received the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Distinguished Mentors Award in 2010. In 2013, he received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Science at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution. In 2014, he received the Association of Psychological Science Mentor Award, which is a lifetime achievment award that "recognizes psychology researchers and educators who have shaped the future directions of science by fostering the careers of students and colleagues."