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Be an APAGS convention ambassador

Apply for 2007 scholarships and awards

Students: Vote for APAGS leaders

APAGS congratulates award winners

Nominate colleagues for Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award

Apply for students with disabilities award

Be an APAGS convention ambassador

Students looking to maximize their networking opportunities at APA's 2007 Annual Convention in San Francisco, Aug. 17-20, can sign up to be an ambassador for APAGS. Ambassadors provide information on convention events, distribute APAGS promotional items and monitor APAGS programs by taking head counts and collecting participant evaluations. For details visit the APA Convention Web site.


Apply for 2007 scholarships and awards

The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) seeks applications for its 2007 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 be eligible to apply or nominate a candidate, graduate students must be enrolled in good standing at least part time at a regionally accredited university. Applications and nominations are due May 15, unless otherwise noted. For application instructions and submission guidelines, visit the APAGS Web site.

The 2007 awards are:

  • The David Pilon Scholarship for Training in Professional Psychology, a $1,000 scholarship to support training and education in professional practice.

  • The Ellin Bloch and Pierre Ritchie Honorary Scholarship, a $1,000 prize that honors research on a social issue or underrepresented group in psychology. The 2007 topic is "Balancing Professional and Personal Life."

  • The Larry J. Bass Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award, a $1,000 scholarship for research on the regulation of psychology, such as analysis of the impact of prescription privileges on the practice and regulation of psychology.

  • The Scott Mesh Honorary Scholarship for Research in Psychology, a $1,000 prize for dissertation research in any field of psychology.

  • The Raymond D. Fowler Award, which honors a psychologist who has made an outstanding contribution to students' professional development.

  • The Department of the Year Award, a $1,000 prize that honors a graduate psychology department for excellence in meeting students' needs.

  • The Diversity Dissertation Scholarship, a $1,000 prize to support a dissertation concerning issues of diversity.

  • The APAGS-LGBT Dissertation Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship that encourages outstanding research in the area of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) concerns.

  • APAGS Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Grant Program, a $500 grant for a project that promotes training and educational experiences in LGBT practice.

  • The Nancy B. Forest and L. Michael Honaker Master's Scholarship for Research in Psychology, a $1,000 award for thesis research at the master's level in any field of psychology.

  • The Kenneth and Mamie Clark Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Professional Development of Ethnic Minority Graduate Students, which honors an ethnic-minority psychologist for contributions to the academic and professional development of minority students.

  • The APAGS Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs Grant Program, which offers several $500 grants to support projects on recruiting, retaining and/or enhancing the training of ethnic-minority graduate students. Deadlines are July 1 for fall grants and Dec. 1 for spring grants.

  • The APA Board of Professional Affairs/APAGS Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution by a Graduate Student, a $1,000 prize that honors a graduate student for his or her work with an underserved population. The award offers free travel to APA's 2007 Annual Convention in San Francisco, Aug. 17-20. The application deadline is June 1.


 Students: Vote for APAGS leaders

The ballot period for the 2007 APAGS elections is this month. During the ballot period, APAGS members can read candidate statements and vote online at the APAGS Web site: www.apa.org/apags. APAGS encourages all members to vote. The last day to vote is March 30.


APAGS congratulates award winners

Nadine Jernewal, of George Washington University, and Konjit Page, of the University of North Dakota are the winners of the APAGS-CEMA National Multicultural Summit Travel Grant. Each received a $500 travel grant to attend the APA-sponsored National Multicultural Conference and Summit in Seattle in January.

Claire Gilligan, of Antioch University New England, won the APAGS Membership Training Program Contest. Gilligan participated in an APAGS Membership Recruitment Program at APA's 2006 Annual Convention, where students learned to give APAGS membership presentations locally on their college campuses. Gilligan turned in the most new APA student affiliate applications and won the grand prize, a $250 gift certificate to Amazon.com.


Nominate colleagues for Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award

APA's Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) seeks nominations for the Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology, which recognizes work that contributes to a better understanding of psychological issues and concerns facing ethnic minorities.

Tanaka was an Asian-American psychologist whose work emphasized the importance of culture and ethnicity in the scientific understanding of behavior.

To be eligible for the award, applicants must have filed their dissertations in 2004 or 2005 on research involving one or more of the following areas:

  • Enhancing the psychological understanding of ethnic-minority issues.

  • Improving psychological service-delivery systems to ethnic minorities.

  • Developing new concepts or theories relevant to ethnic-minority populations.

  • Creating methodological paradigms that promote effective research and understanding of the values, beliefs and needs of ethnic-minority communities.

A CEMA-appointed selection subcommittee will choose the winner through an anonymous review process. Criteria include the dissertation's effect on ethnic-minority populations, completeness, clarity, creativity and the effectiveness of the research design. The subcommittee will choose semifinalists from submitted abstracts. Semifinalists must submit copies of their entire dissertations for the final selection process.

The winner receives a nominal cash award, a travel award sponsored by APA's Science Directorate to APA's 2007 Annual Convention, Aug. 17-20, in San Francisco, registration fees and an invitation to share the dissertation's highlights at the convention.

The application deadline is April 1. Applications should include four copies of an abstract that is fewer than 1,000 words. The dissertation title should appear on all four copies, although only one should identify the author and provide an e-mail, mailing address and daytime telephone number. Send submissions to the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs at the APA address. For additional information, call (202) 336-6029 or visit APA Oema Programs.


Apply for students with disabilities award

The APA Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) seeks nominations for the first annual Mentorship of Students with Disabilities Award. The award recognizes psychologists who have provided outstanding formal or informal mentoring to psychology students with disabilities at the graduate, internship or postdoctoral level. Although students may nominate a supervisor for the award, the nomination statement should clarify ways in which the nominee has provided mentoring beyond regular supervisory responsibilities. Nominees may be individuals with or without a disability, and nominations from career-level psychologists regarding mentoring relationships during training will be accepted, though the committee especially encourages nominations from current trainees. The nominating trainee should provide a statement describing the mentoring relationship, and the mentor should provide a curriculum vitae and a statement describing his or her own background and the mentoring relationship.

Statements from the trainee should include the following:

  • The length of the mentoring relationship and whether the relationship is ongoing.

  • How the mentor was selected.

  • Frequency and mode of contact.

  • In what capacity the student is being mentored (e.g., research, clinical services or teaching).

  • Ways in which the mentor has assisted in personal or professional development.

  • Ways in which the mentor has assisted in reducing barriers to training.

Nominations and supporting materials are due by June 15. E-mail them to Sara Laney, administrative coordinator in the Disability Issues Office, at . The award will be presented at APA's 2007 Annual Convention.

-E. Packard