From the Education Directorate

The American Psychological Foundation, in collaboration with the Council on Undergraduate Research, is offering support for a Summer Research Fellow in Psychology.

Psychology Undergraduate Research Summer Fellowship Program

We are pleased to announce a new opportunity for undergraduate faculty mentoring students engaged in research! The American Psychological Foundation, in collaboration with the Council on Undergraduate Research, is offering support for a Summer Research Fellow in Psychology. This program offers funding support for both the student and faculty mentor to conduct a research project between the junior and senior year. The student and faculty member must apply jointly. Awards provide a student stipend ($3,000-$3,500) along with a faculty stipend ($500). An additional $1,000 is also available for supplies and travel to present the research at a regional meeting. Applications for the psychology Undergraduate Research Summer Fellowship Program can be found on the CUR (http://www.cur.org/UGSF.html) web site. CUR will begin taking applications September 1, 2003. The deadline for submissions will be November 21, 2003.

APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) Block Grants in Support of Precollege and Undergraduate Teaching Conferences
To enhance the quality of teaching and learning outcomes, the Board of Educational Affairs reviews proposals for financial support to award $5,000 in BEA Block Grants each year.

Criteria
To be considered for funding, applications must meet the following criteria:

  1. the conference must advance the teaching of psychology at the secondary, 2-year, and/or 4-year level;

  2. the conference must be directed by an APA member, associate, or affiliate;

  3. the grant must be requested by an APA member, associate, or affiliate; and

  4. the grant must be used to offset travel expenses of selected conference participants, registration fees of conference participants, and/or speaker fees.

It is possible that conferences that have received block grants two years in a row may not be funded or may be funded at lower levels on the third consecutive application to ensure that a variety of conferences receive grants.

Proposals for block grants will be reviewed and evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Conference Goals and Activities. Proposals will be rated on the perceived importance and innovativeness of the conference as well as the clarity and completeness of the description of the conference objectives and activities. (A conference announcement/ brochure should be submitted with the application.)

  2. Composition of Target Audience. Proposals will be rated on the potential impact and suitability of content for the target audience.

  3. Budgetary Information. Proposals will be rated on the clarity and completeness of the description of the conference budget, anticipated expenses, as well as confirmed and anticipated sources and amounts of funding.

Following the evaluation of the proposals, the BEA Block Grants Subcommittee will recommend monetary awards based on the availability of funds and on the quality of the applications. *

* Applicants may be awarded up to $1,000 during a given year. If fewer than five acceptable applications are received in a given year, the BEA may award more than one block grant (and more than $1,000) to the same conference in that year.

Deadline:

Funding requests for teaching conferences in 2004 should be postmarked by February 27, 2004. Please send written requests to Martha Boenau, Education Directorate at the APA address.


Call for Public Members to Serve on the APA Committee on Accreditation

The Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) of the American Psychological Association (APA) seeks nominations for membership on the Committee on Accreditation (CoA), APA to represent consumers of professional psychological services. The BEA seeks nominations of individuals who:

  • agree to represent the general public and apply the Guidelines and Principles objectively and fairly without regard to the issues of special interest groups;

  • are outside the discipline of psychology;

  • are not members of any trade association or membership association related to, affiliated with, or associated with the CoA, or spouses, parents, children or siblings of such individuals;

  • are not employees, members of the governing board, owners, or shareholders of, or consultants to, a program that is either accredited or has applied for accreditation by the CoA, or spouses, parents, children or siblings of such individuals;

  • have a distinguished history of involvement in community or professional organizations;

  • can offer stature, credibility, and expertise to the deliberations of the Committee and in the perception of the public;

  • have some experiences in a regulatory or quality assurance body (preferred) but do not at present serve on a regulatory body; and

  • do not have overlapping interests in the accreditation process due to dual service and whose status does not represent a conflict of interest that would interfere with that person’s ability to discharge duties in good faith and with the care that an ordinarily prudent person would exercise in like position.

Public members of the CoA serve three-year terms, with eligibility for a maximum of two consecutive terms of service. The candidate would be eligible for an additional three-year term of service upon completion of the first term.

The CoA typically meets three times a year, with meetings held at the APA Headquarters in Washington, DC. The term of service for the public member will begin January 1, 2004

To nominate an individual for this position, please submit a resume and a cover letter by September 5, 2003 describing the qualifications of the nominee to Board of Educational Affairs c/o Robert Walsh, Education Directorate at the APA address. Questions regarding the duties and qualifications of the public member may be directed to the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at (202) 336-5979 or by email.