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Tap APA awards, research prizes

Do you need additional resources for your research? Think your dissertation or thesis deserves top acknowledgement? Check out these student prizes offered by APA and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS):

2006 APA Student Travel Award. APA's Science Directorate provides $300 for approximately 100 students who are members of APAGS and first authors of research papers or posters to travel to APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans, Aug. 10-13, to present their research. Nomination materials should include a copy of the award application, along with a one-page cover letter, two-page research summary, curriculum vitae, recommendation letter from your academic adviser or professor, and a copy of the letter confirming the acceptance of your convention paper or poster by an APA division. The deadline is April 1, 2006. For more information and the application, visit APA Travel Award.

Todd E. Husted Memorial Dissertation Award. The American Psychological Foundation (APF) and APA's Science Directorate provide a $1,000 award to support dissertation research with the potential to improve mental health services for those with severe and persistent mental illnesses. To apply, send a cover letter describing your research interests and career plans, a summary of the dissertation research and proposed use of funds, a curriculum vitae and a recommendation letter to the APF program coordinator at the APA address. The application deadline is Sept. 15, 2006.

Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Fellowships. APF will provide up to three third- or fourth-year graduate students $20,000 plus travel funds to attend APA's 2007 Annual Convention in San Francisco, Aug. 16-19. Runners-up receive travel stipends to attend the convention and other child psychology conferences. To apply, send the application, a curriculum vitae, two recommendation letters, a copy of IRB approval and a list of specific conferences for which funding is sought to the APF program coordinator at the APA address. The application deadline is Nov. 15, 2005. For more information and the application, visit APA Awards/Koppitz.

Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grants. APF awards one $10,000 postdoctoral grant for research focused on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) family psychology and LGB family therapy. The foundation also awards up to two $1,000 awards for predoctoral research on LGB issues. To apply, send a one-page cover letter, curriculum vitae, project description, a list of references and a preliminary budget to the APF program coordinator at the APA address. The application deadline is Nov. 1, 2005. For more information visit www.HookerPrograms.org.

The Ellin Bloch and Pierre Ritchie Honorary Scholarship. The APAGS Committee offers a $1,000 scholarship to doctoral students proposing to study an important social issue or an underrepresented group in psychology. The 2006 scholarship topic will be announced this month. The application deadline is May 1, 2006. For more information, visit www.apa.org/apags.

The Scott Mesh Honorary Scholarship for Research in Psychology. APAGS offers a $1,000 scholarship to support dissertation research leading to a psychology doctoral degree. To apply, send a dissertation proposal, two recommendation letters, a cover letter and curriculum vitae to The Scott Mesh Scholarship, APAGS, at the APA address. The application deadline is May 1, 2006. For more information, visit www.apa.org/apags.

The Nancy B. Forest and L. Michael Honaker Master's Scholarship for Research in Psychology. APAGS offers a $1,000 award to fund thesis research in psychology at the master's level. The application deadline is May 1, 2006. For more information, visit www.apa.org/apags.

Diversity Dissertation Scholarship. APAGS offers a $1,000 scholarship to support proposed or nearly completed dissertation research. To apply, send an abbreviated dissertation proposal, a letter of recommendation, a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Diversity Dissertation Scholarship, APAGS, at the APA address. The application deadline is May 1, 2006. For more information, visit www.apa.org/apags.

APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology. APA's Board of Professional Affairs and APAGS offer this award to a graduate student who has shown exemplary performance in working with an underserved population in an applied setting or has developed an innovative method for delivering health services to an underserved population. The award includes a $1,000 honorarium, along with the opportunity to present an invited address at APA's 2007 Annual Convention in San Francisco, Aug. 16-19, waiver of convention registration fees and up to $1,000 reimbursement for convention-related expenses. The application deadline is June 1, 2006. For more information, visit the APA APAGS Web site and click on scholarships and awards.


Exhaust APA division offerings

APA's divisions offer myriad awards and resources for students.

Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) Award for Excellence in Research by a Student Member. Div. 12 offers $200 to honor a graduate student in clinical psychology who has made outstanding practice contributions to the profession. Practice contributions can include a breadth and depth of practice activities, innovations in service delivery or other contributions. Recipients must be doctoral students in clinical psychology programs and student members of the division. The submission deadline is July 4, 2006. For information, visit APA Division 12.

Div. 20 (Adult Development and Aging) Funding Awards for Research Proposals. Div. 20 offers up to three awards to students and postdocs for proposed research on any topic related to psychological issues in adult development and aging that range from $500 for undergraduates to $1,500 for postdoctoral students. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as individuals in postdoctoral programs. The submission deadline is May 1. For information, visit http://apadiv20.phhp.ufl.edu and click on the "Student Awards" section.

Div. 22 (Rehabilitation) Student Research Poster Award. Div. 22 will award a $100 Student Research Poster Award at APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans. The division will also offer a $250 prize to the top student poster at its Eighth Annual Conference in the spring. For information on applying, visit APA Division 22

Div. 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues) scholarships. Div. 44 administers the Bisexual Foundation Scholarship, an annual fund awarding up to $2,000 to graduate students for advanced research on the psychology of bisexuality. Div. 44 also administers the Malyon-Smith Scholarship, an annual award of up to $1,000 to advanced psychology graduate students studying sexual orientation and gender identity. For both scholarships, applicants must be full-time psychology graduate students. The submission deadlines are Feb. 1, 2006. For information, visit APA Division 44.

Div. 50 (Addictions) Behavioral Science Training in Drug Abuse Research Fellowships. Div. 50 offers a number of pre- and postdoctoral fellowships to help behavioral scientists conduct dissertation research and pursue careers investigating drug use and misuse. For more information, contact Bruce D. Johnson, PhD, or Gregory P. Falkin, PhD, at (212) 845-4500.

Div. 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology) grants and awards. Div. 54 offers the Routh Student Research Grant of $750 to graduate students. The division also co-sponsors the $1,000 Lizette Peterson-Homer Injury Prevention Award with APF. Students can also apply for the $750 Student Research Award. The submission deadlines are April 1, 2006. For information, visit APA Division 54 or contact Sharon Berry, PhD, at Sharon Berry.


Psi Chi, others sponsor research grants, awards

Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, along with the Templeton Foundation and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) Foundation also sponsor a number of valuable awards and grants.

Thelma Hunt Research Grants. Psi Chi provides up to $3,000 annually to up to three Psi Chi students and faculty members to complete empirical research related to the society's mission of "advancing science and the profession of psychology." The submission deadline is Oct. 1, 2005. For information, visit www.psichi.org/awards/list.asp.

National Convention Awards. Psi Chi awards $500 to up to four psychology graduate students to present their research at Psi Chi sessions at APA's Annual Convention. The submission deadline is Dec. 1, 2005. For information, visit www.psichi.org/awards/list.asp.

Erlbaum Awards in Cognitive Science. Psi Chi and Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc. award $500 to a psychology graduate student with the best overall cognitive science empirical studies. The winning paper's abstract is published in Eye on Psi Chi. The submission deadline is May 1, 2006. For information, visit www.psichi.org/awards/list.asp.

Martin E.P. Seligman Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research in Positive Psychology. The John Templeton Foundation, which sponsors this annual award, will give a $1,000 cash grant to a student who has completed a doctoral dissertation in any area of research related to positive psychology in the last three years and plans to continue research in this area. The prize also includes travel to APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans, Aug. 10-13, where the award will be presented, one day of hotel accommodations and food and transportation costs. The submission deadline is April 1, 2006. For more information, visit www.templeton.org/SeligmanAward.

Larry J. Bass Jr., PhD, Memorial Scholarship Award. The ASPPB Foundation offers a $1,000 scholarship tofund research on the regulation of psychology. Psychology graduate students and advanced undergraduate psychology majors are eligible for the award. To apply, send a written proposal, curriculum vitae and recommendation to Larry J. Bass Jr., PhD, Memorial Scholarship Award, ASPPB Foundation, P.O. Box 241245, Montgomery, AL 36124-1245. The application deadline is May 1, 2006. For more information, visit www.asppb.org.


Find federal funds

Several federal agencies also offer opportunities for graduate student funding. Here are just two of them.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Social Psychology Fellowship Program. NSF awards numerous social psychology fellowships for graduate students to earn a research-based doctoral degree relevant to NSF's mission of innovative research and development. The fellowships are for students in the early stages of their graduate study and who have adequate preparation to begin study and research by the summer or fall of 2006. The submission deadline is Dec. 9, 2005. For information, visit www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04615/nsf04615.htm.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) loan-repaymentprogram. In exchange for a two- or three-year commitment to a research career, the NIH repays up to $35,000 per year of a student's qualified education debt. NIH also covers most of a student's increased federal taxes. NIH also may reimburse increased state or local taxes incurred because of loan-repayment program benefits. For more information, visit www.lrp.nih.gov/NIHLRP/about/index.htm.