American Psychological Foundation
In 2006, the American Psychological Foundation (APF) will award its third biennial $25,000 F.J. McGuigan Young Investigator Prize to recognize the efforts of a young psychological science investigator who is studying the concept of the human mind from a primarily psychophysiological perspective. Physiological and behavioral research may qualify for support, but dualistic approaches do not qualify.
A scientific review committee convened by APA's Science Directorate will review the nominations. Nominees must have earned a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field within nine years of the nomination deadline. Nominees must also be affiliated with an accredited college, university or research institution. APF will award the prize to the recipient's institution for the benefit of his or her research. Faculty salaries and indirect costs may not be requested.
The deadline for nominations is March 1. Nomination packages must contain four copies of two representative publications and six copies each of a nomination letter written by a senior colleague; a one- to two-page statement of accomplishments and plans for the next five years written by the nominee; and a curriculum vitae. APF does not accept self-nominations for this prize. Send materials to the APF Frank Joseph McGuigan Young Investigator Prize, APA Science Directorate, at the APA address.
For more information, visit McGuigan Prize or contact Science.Submit proposals for research on gifted children
APF requests proposals for the 2006 Esther Katz Rosen Grants, which award 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 fund availability. APF offers grants for:
New scholars who would like to pursue research in the psychology of giftedness.
Established scholars who would like to begin 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 innovative projects and those with the potential to become self-supporting or attract 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 via e-mail. Graduate student applicants must also submit recommendations from a graduate adviser and department chair or director of graduate studies. For complete application guidelines, e-mail, visit Koppitz Fellowship or call (202) 336-5814.Brey Love and Appleton win 2005 Henkin Travel Awards
Kelly Brey Love and James Appleton won the 2005 Div. 16 (School) Paul E. Henkin Travel Awards. The $500 awards, given to student members of APA Div. 16, helped defer the costs of attending APA's 2005 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.
Brey Love is a school psychology doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her current research interests are bullying among school-aged children and the effect of psychopathology on student functioning. Brey Love presented a poster at the 2005 convention titled "School Climate, Victimization and Anxiety in Male High School Students."
Appleton is an educational psychology doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota. His current research interests center on Ralph Waldo Emerson's idea that "The things taught in colleges and schools are not an education, but the means of education." To explore that concept, he is examining student connections with school and their engagement in the learning process."APF seeks applications for the Levinson Award
APF requests nominations for the 2005 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award for Exceptional Contributions to Consulting Organizational Psychology.
The $5,000 award is given annually to an APA member who demonstrates exceptional ability to integrate a wide variety of psychological theories and concepts and develop applications for leaders and managers to create more effective, healthy and humane organizations.
The Levinson Award is administered by the APA Office of Division Services in conjunction with APA Divs. 13 (Society of Consulting Psychology), 14 (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology) and 39 (Psychoanalysis).
The deadline for nominations is March 15. Nominations must include a letter addressing the nominee's record of accomplishment and curriculum vitae. Self-nominations will be accepted. Submit materials electronically in two separate Word or PDF files with a cover e-mail to Division.Apply for convention travel funds
APF and APA Div. 16 (School) seek applications for the Paul Henkin Student Travel Award. The APF-sponsored, Div. 16-administered award of up to $500 is given annually to a graduate student member of Div. 16 to attend APA's Annual Convention. The 2006 award will fund travel, registration and lodging costs for one student to attend the 2006 convention, Aug. 10-13 in New Orleans. The student cannot use the award for food, drink, supplies or other expenses incurred at convention.
The application deadline is April 15. Applications should include four copies of the following: the application form, a letter of recommendation, a 500-word essay and a curriculum vitae. Send applications to the 2006 Div. 16 APF-Paul Henkin Student Travel Award Committee, c/o Tanya L. Eckert, PhD, Syracuse University, Department of Psychology, 430 Huntington Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244. The application form and additional information can be found at www.indiana.edu/~div16/awards.htm or Henkin Award.Malete receives David International Travel Award, apply for 2006 award
APF is accepting applications for the 2006 David International Travel Award and the 2006 David Research in Human Reproductive Behavior and Related Population Studies Award. The awards, which are made possible through a donation by Henry P. David, PhD, to APF, support young psychologists with a demonstrated interest in human reproductive behavior or an area related to population concerns. APA's Office of International Affairs administers the award.
The research award provides $1,500 for research in human reproductive behavior or related population studies. The travel award provides up to $1,500 to participate in an international or regional congress, with preference for applicants who intend to present. Applicants may apply for one or both awards.
Eligible applicants are those carrying out dissertation research or who hold a PhD, PsyD or EdD with no more than five years postgraduate experience. Applicants should show a demonstrated interest in human reproductive behavior or related population concerns. The awards are open to applicants from any country and in all relevant disciplines, though preference will be given to those with a psychological approach or in the discipline of psychology. The deadline is March 6.
For more information and for application forms, go to Travel Award. For additional questions, contact the Office of International Affairs at the APA address or (202) 336-6025.The 2005 award winner was Leapetswe Malete, PhD, a lecturer in sport psychology and research methods at the University of Botswana. Malete applied the award toward travel to the 2005 World Congress of Sport Psychology in Sydney, Australia, where he presented a paper on the ways sports participation can affect the aggression, self-esteem and socialization of children.
Malete, who received his PhD in psychology from Michigan State University, researches the psychosocial determinants of children's participation in sports and physical activity and the effect of exercise and physical activity on health outcomes among children and adults. He is currently team psychologist for Botswana's national soccer team, the Zebras.Meet the TOPSS High School Research Award winners
The executive committee of APA's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) honored four high school students with the 2005 APF/TOPSS Excellence in High School Student Research Awards for their outstanding psychology research projects.
TOPSS reviews the Intel Science Competition semifinalists to identify projects that fall within the field of psychology. Students not competing in the Intel contest can apply directly to the APA Education Directorate.
The 2005 winners are:
First place ($1,500): Erin Choo, of Roslyn High School in Roslyn Heights, N.Y., for "The Influence of Affirmative Action on High School Students' Assessment of College Applicants."
Second place ($1,000): Christine Therese Schwall, of W.C. Mepham High School in Bellmore, N.Y., for "Opinion Shift in Adolescents: The Impact of Stance and Style of PowerPoint Presentations on the Exposure to Novel Scientific Information Among High School Students."
Third place ($500): Dara Steinberg, of John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, N.Y., for "The Effect of Ageism on Long- Term Recall in the Elderly Population."
Fourth place ($250): Nova Hinman, of Portage Northern High School in Portage, Mich., for "An Experiment to Investigate the Effect of a Person's Spoken Opinions Interrupting the Teaching of Information."
Brian Scholl, PhD, an associate psychology professor and director of the Perception and Cognition Laboratory at Yale University, earned the 2005 Robert Fantz Memorial Award. The $2,000 annual award recognizes promising young investigators in psychology, especially those who produce and publish research in perceptual and cognitive development.
Scholl received his doctorate in experimental psychology from Rutgers University and did postdoctoral work at the Harvard Vision Sciences Laboratory. At Yale, he received the 2003 Graduate Mentor Award and the 2005 Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences.
His current work, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health, focuses on visual awareness, attention and learning. Scholl seeks to bridge the study of adult vision science and the study of object cognition in infants.
The APA Committee on Scientific Affairs recommends individuals for the Fantz Award from the individuals considered for APA's Early Career Award.APF announces 2005 TOPSS Scholars Competition Winners
The TOPSS executive committee selected three high school students to receive $1,000 scholarships as winners of the APF/TOPSS Scholars Competition. This year's essay question focused on one of the presidential themes of 2005 APA President Ronald F. Levant, EdD-promoting health care for the whole person- and asked applicants to explore how behavior may influence health.
The 2005 winners are:
Alyssa Hoyt, of Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Fla., for her essay titled "Art Therapy: The Healing Power of Creating Art."
Mary Altum, of Shawnee High School in Medford, N.J., for her essay titled "Benefits of Pet Attachment versus Benefits of Pet Company on Blood Pressure."
Peter Millar, of Shawnee High School in Medford, N.J., for his essay titled "Anxiety in Children of Divorce."
For more information on the competition, visit TOPSS Competition.
-compiled by E. Merck, I. Ramos and E. Packard