The APAGS Science Committee (established in 2009) represents the perspectives and concerns of graduate students in psychological science. The committee advocates for science-focused students guided by the following core initiatives:
Advocating for the promotion and integration of science across multiple psychological science organizations, including APA (across multiple divisions) and APAGS. The Science Committee strives to meet this initiative by establishing active collaboration with groups aiming to advance psychological science.
Working for increased allocation of resources to fund student research in psychological science. The committee works towards this initiative through the creation and management of grant programs and advocacy for psychological science funding at the national level.
Encouraging the development of innovative programming for the annual APA convention that meets the needs and interests of science focused students, and provides invaluable resources for the APAGS community as a whole.
Examining and recommending strategies for the recruitment and retention of emerging scientists within APAGS and APA.
APAGS Basic Psychological Science Research Grant
APAGS is committed to promoting psychological science and the needs of science oriented graduate students. The Basic Psychological Science Research Grant provides $1,000 for graduate students conducting psychological science research studies. Additional applicants who were rated highly will receive honorable mentions. The intent is to fund psychology graduate students in all fields of psychology and neuroscience. Science Committee members review the applications for this grant and provide written feedback to the applicants who receive honorable mentions. The deadline for this grant is in December.
Junior Scientist Fellowship
APAGS and Psi Chi are committed to promoting psychological science and the needs of research-oriented students. The Junior Scientist Fellowship provides support for students entering their first year, or the first semester of their second year, of a research-oriented graduate program. Funds for this $1,000 fellowship must be used to support direct research costs. The intent of the Junior Scientist Fellowship is twofold: to provide funding for a first- or second-year graduate level project and to provide constructive feedback to select applicants to increase their chances of achieving success on a future National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship application. The deadline for this award is typically in June or July each year.
Chair: Alexa Lopez, PhD (2013-15)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Steven R. Boomhower, BS (2014-16)
Jacklynn Fitzgerald, MA (2014-16)
University of Illinois at Chicago
Erica Nicole Fountain, BA (2014-16)
Stephen J. Gray (2013-15)
University of Chicago
Ian Gutierrez, MA (2014-16)
University of Connecticut
Bruna Suemi Martins (2013-15)
University of Southern California
Muhammad A.J. Qadri (2013-15)
Ishabel Vicaria (2013-15)