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This $1,500 cash award recognizes a Division of APA for superior performance in promoting graduate student development, involvement, and joint APAGS/APA Division membership. This award is funded by APAGS.

APAGS Outstanding APA Division Award

This $1,500 cash award recognizes a Division of APA for superior performance in promoting graduate student development, involvement, and joint APAGS/APA Division membership. This award is funded by APAGS.

Eligibility

To be considered for this award, a Division of APA must have:

(1) an active doctoral student membership,

(2) must require student affiliates to be members of APA/APAGS, and

(3) must have a student representative who is a member of the APAGS Division of Student Representatives Network (DSRN).

Divisions that are previous recipients of this award are not eligible to apply again for a period of five years.

To apply, at least one APAGS member and one Division member must collaborate on the required application materials that describe the Division’s proposal to meet the needs of graduate students and offer enhanced opportunities for professional development within the Division.

The APAGS Award Selection Committee will review all applications and select the recipient. The APAGS Award Selection Committee will take into account both ongoing and newly initiated activities in considering potential award recipients. Funds must be used to develop new programs and opportunities for graduate students or to build upon and enhance existing student activities.

Award Criteria

This award is intended to recognize a Division that has been exceptional in continuously developing programs and activities that meet the needs and interests of its student members, and in enhancing collaboration with APAGS in a way that promotes joint APAGS/APA Division membership and involvement in both.

A qualified Division must demonstrate an exemplary level of commitment to providing opportunities for graduate student development. Applications will be evaluated based upon how well the Division does the following:

  • actively incorporates students and student issues into the governance and activities of the Division

  • develops and implements innovative programs that target the needs of students

  • promotes joint APAGS/APA Division membership

  • encourages socialization of students into the profession

  • helps students to shape their own professional identities

In addition to being recognized as the “APAGS Outstanding Division of the Year” and receiving a monetary award of $1,500, the winning Division will be presented with a plaque at the annual DSRN meeting held during the APA Convention and acknowledged in APAGS publications.

Required materials

  • A cover letter (two pages maximum, double spaced) that includes the name of the award, a brief summary of the nominated Division’s membership data (i.e. number of members, student members, APA members), and a brief statement describing how the Division is committed to student development and values the contributions of graduate students.

  • A descriptive list (two pages maximum, double-spaced) of recent/ongoing student programming or activities and student involvement in the Division’s governance and activities.

A formal proposal (three pages maximum, double-spaced) that includes a description of the Division’s goals with regard to enhancing graduate student development, a discussion of anticipated student initiatives, and a statement indicating how award funds would be used to support future student activities.

Send required materials to:

APAGS Outstanding Division Award
American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS)
750 First Street NE
Washington , DC 20002-4242

 

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2009 AWARD MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 P.M., FEBRUARY 16, 2009!