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Run for an APAGS committee position

The deadline for American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) members to apply for 2006 committee positions is Feb. 10. Available elected positions-which are described in full in the November 2005 gradPSYCH -include: chair-elect; member-at-large, membership, recruitment and retention focus; member-at-large, diversity focus. In addition, a newly available elected position is member-at-large, practice focus. This member establishes relationships and joint projects with staff members of the APA Practice Directorate and promotes and supports activities, projects and programs that foster increased support of and participation by practice-oriented graduate students in APAGS. The member also attends the annual State Leadership Conference, which focuses on advocacy and the legislative agenda for practitioner psychologists. Available appointed positions include: chair, Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs; and chair, Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns. For more information and full position descriptions, visit: APA APAGS Web link.


Apply for the 2006 Graduate Student Ethics Prize

The APA Ethics Committee and APAGS seek applications for their fifth annual prize for a graduate student paper on psychology and ethics. The prize is open to APAGS members enrolled in a psychology graduate program.

The honoree will receive $1,000, a round-trip ticket to APA's 2006 Annual Convention, Aug. 10-13 in New Orleans, and three nights of hotel accommodation. The prize winner will accept the award at convention and present the winning paper for comment by members of the APA Ethics Committee.

Students can submit empirical or theoretical papers that examine psychology and ethics in relation to science or research, practice, education, public interest or the theory of ethics. The paper must indicate why its particular focus is worthy of attention.

Submissions must be written in APA style, cannot exceed 25 double-spaced pages, including tables and references, and cannot have been previously published or submitted for publication. The student author must be able to claim sole authorship of the paper. Fleshed-out papers written for ethics courses are acceptable.

Submit papers to Student Ethics Prize or the APA Ethics Office at the APA address.

E-mail submissions should provide a title page with the applicant's name and contact information, including e-mail address. The paper should also include a second title page without any author-identifying information.

Hard-copy submissions should include one cover page with identifying information, including e-mail address, and two copies with no identifying information.

The deadline is March 24, and the winner will be announced by June 1.

Direct questions to Stephen Behnke, PhD, APA ethics director, via e-mail under the subject heading "Student ethics prize."


Apply for 2006 APAGS scholarships and awards

APAGS is now accepting applications for its 2006 scholarships, grants and awards, which recognize students and those who support them for excellence in several areas, such as working with underserved populations or researching diversity. To apply or nominate a candidate, graduate students must be enrolled in good standing at least part time at a regionally accredited university. Most applications and nominations must be received by May 1. For specific deadlines and application instructions, visit APA Awards.


ACT honors outstanding student advocates

The APAGS Coordinating Team (ACT) congratulates its state advocacy coordinators and campus representatives for their outstanding efforts as part of the ACT Network, which advocates for psychology-informed policy and psychology-friendly legislation. The following students were recognized in September 2005:

  • Sunny Windingstad, of the University of Tennessee and state advocacy coordinator for Tennessee, received the ACT Excellence in Leadership Award.

  • Samantha Outcalt, of Southern Illinois University, and Melissa Noya, of Carlos Albizu University-Miami, received the ACT Campus Leadership Award.

More information on ACT can be found at APA ACT Advocacy.


Apply now for 2006 Minority Fellowship Program

APA's Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is accepting applications for its fellowships in psychology and neuroscience. The fellowships seek to stimulate interest in ethnic-minority mental health research and mental health services by providing financial support and mentoring to doctoral students.

The fellowships are:

  • The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellowship.

  • The Mental Health Research Fellowship.

  • The HIV/AIDS Research Fellowship.

  • The Neuroscience Predoctoral Fellowship.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled full time in a doctoral program when they receive the fellowship. Mental health and substance abuse services applicants must be in an APA-accredited program. All applicants must demonstrate a commitment to ethnic-minority mental health.

Fellowship applications are due Jan. 15. Download an application at www.apa.org/mfp or request one via e-mail or by writing to APA/MFP Fellowship at the APA address.


APAGS-CEMA awards fall grants, seeks applications for spring grants

The APAGS Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (APAGS-CEMA) seeks applications for its biannual awards to fund student-led projects that recruit, retain or enhance the training of ethnic-minority graduate psychology students. APAGS-CEMA gives up to two $500 grants each spring and up to three $500 grants each fall for projects such as workshops, conferences, speaker series, mentorship programs and the development of multicultural or ethnic-minority student organizations.

The group selected the following student projects for fall 2005 grants:

  • Joyce Goins, Leslie Leathers, Amina Mahmood and Ren Stinson, of the University of Iowa, for their project titled "C2: Community, Purpose and Passion."

  • Vaness Casillas, Travis Williams and Kathleen Gathercoal, of George Fox University, for their project titled "Development of a Multicultural Library."

  • Toni N. Tomas, Cherie A. Watters and Edna Ross, of the University of Louisville, for their project titled "Black Students in Psychology."

APAGS-CEMA works to increase ethnic-minority graduate students' membership and participation in APAGS and promotes education and training opportunities for ethnic minorities. Grant applications are due July 1 and Dec. 1. Applications should include a title page, a summary of the proposed project, descriptions of any evaluations or handouts to be given at the end of the program, information about the event host and any co-sponsoring organizations or individuals, and copies of any program or event publicity.

If all of the information is not available by the application deadline, APAGS-CEMA requests applicants send as much information as possible to APAGS-CEMA Grant Program at the APA address. For complete details, visit APA CEMA Awards.


Submit proposals for research on gifted children

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) requests proposals for the 2006 Esther Katz Rosen Grants, which award up to three scholars grants of up to $25,000 per year for three years for research on and programs for gifted children. Renewed funding is contingent upon the submission of an interim progress report and availability of funds. APF offers grants for:

  • New scholars who would like to pursue research on the psychology of giftedness.

  • Established scholars who would like to begin pursuing work in this field.

  • Graduate students who have passed their qualifying exams and who are working with an established scholar in the area of giftedness. APF will give special consideration to projects that are innovative and can become self-supporting or lead to external funding. Some preference is given to APA members.

The application deadline is Feb. 15. To apply, submit a four- to six-page proposal, curriculum vitae and Institutional Review Board approval to APF. Graduate student applicants must also submit recommendations from a graduate adviser and department chair or director of graduate studies. For complete application guidelines, contact APF or visit www.apa.org/apf. Direct questions to Idalia Ramos, APF program officer, at (202) 336-5814.


Submit applications for the Distinguished Graduate Student Award

APA's Board of Professional Affairs and APAGS offer an award to a graduate student who has shown exemplary performance in working with the underserved in an applied setting or has developed an innovative method for delivering health services to an underserved population. The Distinguished Graduate Student Award includes the opportunity to present an invited address at APA's 2007 Annual Convention in San Francisco, Aug. 16-19. In addition, the award includes an honorarium of $1,000 and up to $1,000 in expenses related to attending the convention. The application deadline is June 1. For more information, visit APA Gradstudent Awards.


Apply for the 2006 Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award

APA's Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) seeks applicants for the Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology, which recognizes an outstanding dissertation in psychology that addresses ethnic-minority concerns. CEMA welcomes applications from ethnic minorities and non-ethnic minority individuals who filed their dissertations in 2004 or 2005 on research involving one or more of the following areas:

  • The enhancement of the understanding of people of color.

  • The enhancement of psychological service-delivery systems to people of color.

  • Development of new concepts or theories relevant to populations of color.

  • Development of new and creative methodological paradigms that promote more effective research on and for communities of color.

  • Creative approaches in methodology sensitive to the unique values, beliefs and needs of communities of color.

A CEMA-appointed subcommittee will select semifinalists from an initial review of all abstracts submitted and ask them to provide copies of their entire dissertation for the final selection process. The winner receives a $500 cash prize, a $300 travel award and an invitation to present his or her work at APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans, Aug 10-13.

To apply, send five copies of a 1,000-word abstract and include the dissertation title on each copy.

Only one copy should include the author's name, current address and daytime telephone number. Send applications to the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs at the APA address. Submissions must be postmarked by April 3. 


Professional development award recognizes convention proposals

The annual Stuart C. Tentoni Outstanding Professional Development Program Award recognizes outstanding student-submitted proposals for APAGS convention programming with a $500 award.

All accepted program submissions that meet the award criteria, which include a well-organized program, an engaging presenter and material that appeals to a broad range of students, are automatically nominated for the award. There is no formal application.

The 2005 award was presented to Anya T. Griffin, of the Children's Hospital-Louisiana for chairing the program "Diversity Within Internship Training: Intern Perspectives on Clinical Practice." Her fellow presenters included Cheryl F. Cabero, Francisco Rocco, Ginger Apling, Andrya Maldonado, Tricia Fong and Robert W. Colegrove, EdD. The 2006 winner will be announced following the 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans, Aug. 10-13.


Nominate an outstanding doctoral program in psychology

Former APA President Richard M. Suinn, PhD, and APA's Committee on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training (CEMRRAT) Task Force seek nominations from ethnic-minority doctoral students for the 2006 Suinn Minority Achievement Award, which recognizes doctoral programs in scientific and professional psychology that demonstrate excellence in the recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic-minority students.

Three Suinn Achievement Awards will be presented at APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans, Aug. 10-13.

Students can download the nomination form. The form requires:

  • The name of the university and type of programs.

  • The number and percentage of ethnic-minority students enrolled.

  • The number and percentage of ethnic-minority students who have earned a doctoral degree during the past five years.

Nominators should provide specific information about the program elements that contribute to its success, such as curriculum, faculty and student collaborations, recruitment and retention, mentoring and modeling, and funding.

The nomination deadline is March 1. Send nominations by fax, mail or e-mail, and further inquiries, to Benjamin Siankam, Special Projects Manager, APA Office of Ethic Minority Affairs, at the APA address; fax: (202) 336-6040; e-mail.

-E. Packard