American Psychological Foundation

Wright receives APF grant to academic achievement

Yamanda Wright of the University of Texas at Austin is the 2013 recipient of the APF Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Grant.

Wright, a doctoral candidate working under the supervision of Rebecca Bigler, PhD, studies elementary school-age children's intergroup attitudes and the potential role of outgroup mistrust between students and teachers in sustaining achievement gaps. Her APF-funded dissertation examines the relations among racial mistrust, perceptions of discrimination and academic achievement for elementary school-age children.

The Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Grant supports research and demonstration activities that promote the understanding of the relationship between self-identity and academic achievement with an emphasis on children in grade levels K–8.

Since 1953, APF has been supporting innovative research and programs that launch careers and seed the knowledge base on critical issues around the globe. For more information, visit the APF website.

15 win the 2013 graduate student research scholarships

APA and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology have awarded scholarships to help graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with their master's theses or doctoral dissertations. The winners are:

  • Dylan Gee, of the University of California, Los Angeles, was awarded 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, received 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, was granted the Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship and received $3,000 to support her project, "Examining Impulsive Intertemporal Choice Behavior and Attentional Capture by Reward in Healthy Populations."
  • Karen Pang, of the University of Washington, received 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 candidates received $1,000 scholarships to support their research:

  • Adriene Beltz, Pennsylvania State University.
  • Gabrielle D'Lima, Old Dominion University.
  • Sunny Dutra, Yale University.
  • Erika Fulton, Georgia Institute of Technology (the William C. Howell Scholarship).
  • Gary Glick, University of Missouri.
  • Janie Jun, University of Washington.
  • P. Priscilla Lui, Purdue University (the Peter and Malina James & Dr. Louis P. James Legacy Scholarship).
  • Adam Miller, George Mason University.
  • Kathryn O'Toole, Loyola University, Chicago.
  • Jason Oliver, University of South Florida.
  • Jonathan Stange, Temple University.

Three programs receive 2013 Pre-college Psychology Grants

APF is pleased to announce that the following three programs each received $20,000 Pre-college Psychology Grants. The grant program, established in 2007, supports the science and application of psychological science among talented high school students.

Academic Achievement Services (AAS) Social Sciences Academy will use the funding to bridge the educational resource gap among South Los Angeles communities of color by empowering local high school students to learn, apply and succeed in achieving their academic and professional goals within the social sciences field. AAS will provide 40 South Los Angeles 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students with no-cost academic coaching, research opportunities, college and career planning, and mentorships.

Carleton College plans to use the grant to expand its residential academic three-week summer program, Summer Psychology Connections. The program will enable talented high-school students, including students from under-represented and under-resourced backgrounds, to engage in college-level study of psychology and to consider psychology as a college major. The program will also share the findings at the yearly Carleton Summer Programs for Advanced Placement teachers.

Stanford University's Office of Science Outreach will use the grant to cover stipend costs for seven bright, disadvantaged students in the Bay Area interested in pursuing careers as psychologists to participate in the Raising Interest in Science and Engineering Internship Program for High School Students. The seven-week summer internship program provides daily hands-on, lab-based experiences in Stanford labs where students work on cutting-edge research projects side by side with Stanford scientists, engineers and psychologists.

The Pre-college Psychology Grants are made possible through a bequest from Esther Katz Rosen, who wanted to ensure that gifted children have the resources to reach their potential.

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For more information on APF's grants and scholarships, please contact Parie Kadir, Program Officer, at (202) 336-5984.