Gear up for the New Orleans convention

Although APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans, Aug. 10-13, is 11 months away, students interested in presenting must send their proposals to APA's Central Office by Dec. 2 for consideration. Presenting at convention offers students valuable public speaking experience and professional contacts. For more information on convention policies and submitting a proposal, visit the APA Convention Web site.

APAGS releases new LGBT student resource guide

APAGS has created a new resource guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) students: "The APAGS Resource Guide for LGBT Students in Psychology." The guide addresses the unique experiences and obstacles LGBT students encounter, such as confronting heterosexist biases in graduate training. The guide also addresses how students can establish a support network in graduate school, seek out a mentor and conduct LGBT-related research in graduate school.

To obtain a copy of the guide, contact APAGS at the APA address; e-mail: APAGS. For more information, visit the APA APAGS Web site.

Apply for a spring ethnic-minority grant

The APAGS Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs awards up to two $500 grants each spring semester for projects that recruit, retain and enhance the training of ethnic-minority graduate psychology students. For more information, visit the APA Div 31 Web site. The application deadline is Dec. 1.

ACT honors outstanding student advocates

The APAGS Advocacy Coordinating Team (ACT) recognized its state advocacy coordinators and campus representatives for their efforts for APAGS-ACT between January and May.

The ACT Excellence in Leadership Award winners are:

* Kate Fiori, of the University of Michigan and state advocacy coordinator for Michigan.

* Edna Acosta-Perez, of the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Pedras and state advocacy coordinator for Puerto Rico.

* Kate Calhoon, of the Colorado School of Professional Psychology and state advocacy coordinator for Colorado.

* Andrea Loveless, of Argosy University/Twin Cities and state advocacy coordinator for Minnesota.

The ACT Campus Leadership Award winners are:

* Melissa Noya, of Carlos Albizu University.

* Holly Cacciapalglia, of Bowling Green State University.

* Kristoffer S. Berlin, of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

* Megan Gavin, of Northern Arizona University.

* Marianne Dunn, of the University of Maryland, College Park.

* Ashley Gibb, of Indiana University.

* Kirsten Cullen, of Pacific University.

* Ryan McPeak, of West Virginia University.

* Nicole Frommelt, of Loras College.

* Tara Krog, of the University of South Dakota.

* Christa Hutaff-Lee, of the University of Northern Colorado.

* Tiffany Griffin, of the University of Michigan.

* Bryan Bushman, of Utah State University.

* Sharon Tang, of the University of Oregon.

For more information visit the ACT Network.

Apply for minority fellowships

APA's Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) seeks applications for six fellowships in psychology and neuroscience. MFP aims to expand research on ethnic-minority populations by providing financial support and professional development to students pursuing doctoral degrees in psychology and neuroscience.

To be eligible, applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents, have completed or be enrolled full time in a doctoral program at the time the fellowship is awarded and have demonstrated a commitment to a career in psychology or neuroscience related to ethnic-minority mental health. The application deadline for all fellowships is Jan. 15.

MFP offers the following fellowships:

* The MFP Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellowship is geared to those pursuing careers as practitioners or researchers specializing in the delivery of mental health service to ethnic minorities. Fellows must commit to receive training in both mental health and substance abuse services. MFP encourages students specializing in clinical, school and counseling psychology to apply for this fellowship funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

* The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Postdoctoral Fellowship is aimed at early-career doctoral recipients who are interested in pursuing a career in mental health research, services or policy. To apply for this SAMHSA-funded postdoctoral fellowship, visit www.samhsa.gov/grants/2005/grants.aspx.

* The MFP Mental Health Research Fellowship is geared to students pursuing careers as researchers specializing in ethnic-minority mental health. MFP encourages students specializing in psychopathology, community, social, developmental, educational, health, aging or cognitive psychology to apply for this position funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

* The MFP Substance Abuse Research Fellowship is aimed at students pursuing careers in substance abuse research. To apply for this fellowship funded by MFP, submit the application at the APA MFP Web site.

* The MFP HIV/AIDS Research Fellowship is geared to students pursuing careers in HIV/AIDS research. The fellowship is funded as a subspecialty under the Mental Health Research Program at NIMH.

* The Diversity Program in Neuroscience (DPN) Predoctoral Fellowship and the DPN Postdoctoral Fellowship, which are funded by NIMH, support students pursuing careers in neuroscience.

To apply, download an application from MFP's Web site, request an application via e-mail at MFP or write to APA/MFP Fellowship at the APA address.