American Psychological Foundation

Nominations for Gold Medal Awards due Dec. 1

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) invites you to nominate your colleagues for the APF 2003 Gold Medal Awards. The awards include a medal, $2,000 to be donated to a charity of the winner's choice, and a two-night, three-day, all-expenses-paid trip for the winner and one guest to APA's 2003 Annual Convention in Toronto.

The Gold Medal Awards recognize life achievement in and enduring contributions to psychology. Eligibility is limited to psychologists age 65 or older who live in North America. Awards are given in four categories:

  • Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to advancing psychological science.

  • Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to advancing the application of psychology through methods, research and/or application of psychological techniques to important practical problems.

  • Gold Medal Award for Enduring Contribution by a Psychologist in the Public Interest recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to the application of psychology in the public interest.

  • Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to advancing the professional practice of psychology through a demonstrable effect on patterns of service delivery in the profession.

Nominations should indicate the specific award for which the individual is nominated and include a statement that supports the nomination, a current vitae and a bibliography. Letters in support of the nomination are also welcome. All nomination materials should be coordinated and collected by a chief nominator and forwarded together in one package. There is no nomination form.

The deadline for receipt of all nomination materials is Dec. 2. Complete nomination packets should be mailed to the Gold Medal Awards Coordinator, American Psychological Foundation, 750 First St., N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242.

Graduate students: Apply now for the Randy Gerson Memorial Grant

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) seeks applications for the 2003 Randy Gerson Memorial Grant, a $5,000 award that will be given to a graduate student engaged in doctoral studies.

The Gerson grant, given in alternate years to students and professionals, aims to advance the systemic understanding of family and/or couple dynamics and/or multigenerational processes. Work that advances theory, assessment or clinical practice in these three areas shall be considered eligible. APF gives the highest priority to projects using or contributing to the development of Bowen family systems theory. Priority also will be given to those projects that serve to advance Gerson's work.

Applications must include a statement of the proposed project, rationale for how the project meets the goals of the fund, a project budget, a statement about how project results will be disseminated, a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and the applicant's official transcript. Applicants must submit seven copies of their application packets.

The application deadline is Feb. 1. Applicants will be notified after March 15. For more information, contact the APF Awards Coordinator/Gerson, 750 First St., N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-5843, e-mail:APF.

Know an outstanding teacher of psychology?

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) invites nominations for the APF 2003 Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award, which recognizes a career contribution to the teaching of psychology. The awardee receives a plaque, $2,000 and a two-night, three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to APA's 2003 Annual Convention in Toronto, where the award will be presented.

The APF Teaching Subcommittee will select a psychologist who has:

  • Inspired students to become psychologists.

  • Conducted research on teaching.

  • Developed effective teaching methods and/or materials, innovative curricula and courses.

  • Demonstrated exemplary performance as a classroom teacher.

  • Trained psychology teachers.

  • Taught advanced research methods and practice in psychology.

  • Demonstrated the administrative facilitation of teaching.

Nominations should include a statement of support, the nominee's vitae and bibliography, and a nomination form, which is available from the APF office. Letters in support of the nomination are welcome. All materials should be coordinated and collected by a chief nominator and forwarded to APF in one package.

The deadline for receipt of materials is Dec. 2. Requests for nomination forms and completed nomination packets should be mailed to the APF Teaching Award Coordinator, 750 First St., N.E., Washington, DC, 20002-4242. Requests for nomination forms may also be sent to e-mail.

Funding available for postdoctoral and graduate student LGB family psychology research

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) requests applications for the Roy Scrivner Research Grants. The Scrivner Fund provides two postdoctoral grants of $4,000 each to encourage research on lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology and family therapy. Two $1,000 grants are also available for graduate student research in these areas, with strong preference given to applicants at the dissertation stage of their careers.

To qualify for the postdoctoral research award, applicants and co-investigators must have doctoral degrees. To qualify for the predoctoral research award, all applicants must be graduate students and include a letter of support from their supervising professors. All research involving human subjects must have been approved by an institutional review board from the principal investigator's institution when the application is submitted.

Deadline for applications is Nov. 1. For application guidelines and additional information, contact: Scrivner Small Grants Program Coordinator, American Psychological Foundation, 750 First St., N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002-4242; (202) 336-5814; e-mail.

APF offers major graduate scholarships in child psychology

APF is offering $20,000 scholarships through the Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Scholarship fund, which supports graduate studies in child psychology. Up to three students will be awarded the Koppitz scholarships in 2003.

The goal of the fund is to nurture excellent scholars in the broad area of the psychology of the child, such as developmental, child clinical, pediatric, school psychology, educational psychology and developmental psychopathology. The award includes travel costs to attend APA's Annual Convention, any APA preconference activities for Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Graduate Fellows and possibly other relevant conferences. APF will also award travel stipends from $500 to $1,000 to runners-up to encourage their travel to APA's convention and other conferences in child psychology.

Only one application can be received from any one institution in any one year. Support will be from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 each year. Graduate students who have achieved doctoral candidacy are eligible for the scholarships. Students can apply before passing their qualifying exams, but proof of having advanced to doctoral candidacy will be required before funds are released. Consideration will be given to psychological research that breaks new ground or creates significant new understandings that facilitate children's and youth's development or functioning.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 15. The awards will announced after Feb. 15.

--T. BAROODY AND A. KIEL

Further Reading

For complete application guidelines, please visit APF's Web site or send a request to e-mail.