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Funding opportunities

$15,000 for research on lesbian, gay or bisexual issues

Students who are conducting research that has the potential to increase the public's understanding of homosexuality can apply for the $15,000 Wayne F. Placek Grant. The grant supports empirical studies on any topic that addresses lesbian, gay or bisexual concerns, including prejudice, family or workplace issues, and subgroups of the lesbian and gay population that have been underrepresented in research. Apply by March 1.

Up to $50,000 for research on giftedness

Graduate students and early career psychologists who are conducting research on gifted and talented children and adolescents can apply for funding through the American Psychological Foundation's Esther Katz Rosen Fund, which offers grants from $1,000 to $50,000. Apply by March 1.

$6,000 for family dynamics research

Graduate students who are conducting research on couple, family or multigenerational dynamics are encouraged to apply for the Randy Gerson Memorial Grant, which provides $6,000 toward work that advances theory, assessment or clinical practice in these areas. Apply by Feb. 1.

$1,500 for population research or travel

Students or early career researchers who are studying human reproductive behavior or population issues can apply for $1,500 Henry P. David Research Grants to support their research, or $1,500 Henry P. David Travel Grants to support research-related travel or attendance at an international meeting. Apply by Feb. 15.

$1,000 for developmental psychology research

Early career researchers and postdocs can apply for one of two Div. 7 Early Career Research Grants, which offer $1,000 for researchers who have not yet received any federal funding as a principal investigator or co-investigator. Apply by March 15.

$500 for dissertation research

Students who are conducting dissertation research in developmental psychology can apply for one of three $500 Dissertation Research Grants offered by APA's Div. 7 (Developmental). Applicants should be within one year of defending their dissertations. Dissertation proposals must be approved by the dissertation or orals committee, or equivalent. Applicants must be nominated by their faculty supervisors. Apply by March 15.

Other opportunities

Join the APAGS leadership team

Advocate nationally for students and psychology and develop your leadership skills by serving on the APAGS Committee. The committee seeks candidates for chair-elect; member at large, diversity focus; member at large, membership recruitment/retention; member at large, practice focus; member at large, research/academic focus. Terms would begin in August.

The application deadline is Jan. 13. Applicants must be APAGS members who are actively enrolled as graduate psychology students in good standing.

Chair an APAGS subcommittee

Students interested in joining APAGS governance can apply to chair one of two APAGS subcommittees, which assist the APAGS Committee by representing specific subsections of the membership. Positions are available for the chair of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns and the chair of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs. The application deadline is March 19. Applicants must be APAGS members actively enrolled as graduate psychology students in good standing. Information on requirements for each position.

Honor a student-friendly state, provincial or territorial psychological association

Does your local psychological association provide mentoring, leadership and training opportunities for students? If so, nominate it for a $1,500 APAGS/Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice/Div. 31 (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs) SPTA Award. Nominations are due Jan. 13.

Apply for the Graduate Student Ethics Award

APA's Ethics Committee and APAGS invite students to submit their theoretical or empirical papers on psychology and ethics for the Graduate Student Ethics Award. Papers will be judged on their quality, originality, clarity and the adequacy of their literature review. One award winner will receive $1,000, a round-trip ticket to APA's 2014 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., Aug. 7-10, plus three nights of hotel accommodation and convention registration. The prize will be presented during convention. Apply by Jan. 3.

Is your dissertation a winner?

Developmental psychology students who have finished their dissertations can apply for the Dissertation Award in Developmental Psychology, a prize offered by APA's Div. 7 (Developmental). The nominee must have defended his or her dissertation in 2013. The application deadline is March 15. Winners will be presented at APA's Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., Aug. 7-10. 

Join Div. 15 for free

Div. 15 (Educational) is offering free membership for all first-time enrollees. Membership includes a digital subscription to the journal Educational Psychologist, a subscription to Div. 15's Newsletter for Educational Psychologists and a weekly email digest of educational psychology news. Div. 15 members may also apply for approximately $50,000 in annual grants and awards, and submit proposals to present at APA's Annual Convention. Learn more or contact Wade George.

Attend a student-organized counseling psychology conference

Student Affiliates of Seventeen, the student group of APA's Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), encourages graduate students to attend the Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, April 11-12, at Cleveland State University. The conference theme is "Building Bridges Within the World of Counseling Psychology and Beyond Its Borders to Connect Diverse People, Communities, and Concerns: Benefits of Social Justice to All." Submit proposals for symposia, posters and roundtable discussions by Jan. 21.

Nominate an outstanding developmental paper

Graduate students or early career researchers in developmental psychology can apply for the Early Career Outstanding Paper Award, an APA Div. 7 (Developmental) prize recognizing a paper published anytime in the previous year. Self-nominations are welcome. An in-press paper must be accompanied by a letter of acceptance from the editor. Nominees must make sure that any other authors of the nominated article do not object to the nomination. Apply by March 15.

Join APA's group psychology division

APA's Div. 49 (Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy) welcomes graduate students to join as student affiliates. Student affiliates pay a reduced membership fee and receive the division's journal, Group Dynamics, and its newsletter, The Group Psychologist. In addition, student members who submit posters to the APA Annual Convention through Div. 49 are automatically considered for a $300 student poster award.

"Our students are held in high regard as future leaders, and as a student affiliate you will be given opportunities to network, mentor and serve," says Div. 49 Student Representative Sean Woodland. "It's truly an exciting time to be a student in Div. 49."

Students also have opportunities to network and find mentors. To join, contact Sean Woodland.

Know a talented undergrad?

Psychology undergraduate majors in their junior year can apply for the APA Summer Science Fellowship program, a six-week paid summer research internship, June 21-Aug. 2, sponsored by APA's Science Directorate and hosted by the psychology department at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Up to 12 students will be selected for one of several programs on psychology topics, including biological, applied developmental, applied cognitive, neuroscience, clinical, school and industrial/organizational. Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Feb. 10.

15 students win graduate research scholarships

The American Psychological Foundation and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology presented 15 graduate students with Graduate Research Scholarships for their promising research in psychological science.

  • Dylan Gee, of the University of California, Los Angeles, won the $5,000 Harry and Miriam Levinson Scholarship to fund her dissertation, "Amygdala-Prefrontal Circuitry across Typical Development and after Early Life Stress."

  • Justin Karr, of the University of Victoria, won the $5,000 William and Dorothy Bevan Scholarship for his work, "Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Modeling Recovery and Predicting Persistent Symptoms."

  • Alexandra Rodman, of Harvard University, won the $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship to support her project, "Examining Impulsive Intertemporal Choice Behavior and Attentional Capture by Reward in Healthy Populations."

  • Karen Pang, of the University of Washington, won the $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship to support work on her thesis, "Cultural Influences on Positive Affect and Reward Processing in Depressed Youth."

The following winners received $1,000 each:

  • Erika Fulton, Georgia Institute of Technology (William C. Howell Scholarship).

  • P. Priscilla Lui, Purdue University (Peter and Malina James & Dr. Louis P. James Legacy Scholarship).

  • Gary Glick, University of Missouri.

  • Jason Oliver, University of South Florida.

  • Jonathan Stange, Temple University.

  • Kathryn O'Toole, Loyola University, Chicago.

  • Adam Miller, George Mason University.

  • Gabrielle D'Lima, Old Dominion University.

  • Sunny Dutra, Yale University.

  • Janie Jun, University of Washington.

  • Adriene Beltz, Pennsylvania State University.

Apply for the 2014 awards by June 30.