APA's Education Directorate, the American Psychological Foundation (APF) and the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) gave prizes to high school students for outstanding psychology-related research at three national competitions:
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
APA recognized three finalists in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category at the competition, held in Cleveland, May 11-17.
* Natalie Rose Mergler, of Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio, won first place and a $1,000 scholarship for her project "Media mayhem: the neurophysiological reaction and behavioral effects of TV on children."
* Zarabeth Lehr Golden, of Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla., won second place and a $500 scholarship for her project "The influence of physical and neurological trauma on personality."
* Elizabeth Fairchild Harding, of Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Fla., won third place and a $125 scholarship for her project "HSDQ: A decade added to live."
APA/TOPSS Scholars Competition
This competition challenges high school researchers to design an original research program and write a research proposal. Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship from APF's Board of Trustees. This year's winners are:
* Lindsey Hanson of South River High School in Edgewater, Md., for her research project "In pursuit of educational excellence."
* Rick Jobski, of Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Ill., for his project "No child left behind."
* Jessica McClurg, of South River High School in Edgewater, Md., for her project "What do standardized tests actually measure?"
APF/TOPSS Excellence in High School Student Research Awards
This program honors outstanding student research projects in psychology.
* Carly Jane Seidman, of George W. Hewlett High School in Hewlett, N.Y., won first place and $1,500 for her paper "Determinants of resiliency among the sons and daughters of breast cancer patients."
* Zachary Brett Galin and Sean Blake Herman, of Roslyn High School in Roslyn Heights, N.Y., tied for second place honors. Each won a $1,000 scholarship for their respective papers "The relationship between early school starting times, sleep amount, academic performance and mood" and "The effects of candidate gender, personality characteristics and sponsorship on voter decision-making."
* Richard Evan Strohmenger, of George W. Hewlett High School in Hewlett, N.Y., won fourth place and $250 for his paper "Emma Lazarus revisited: locus of success among immigrants and their teenage children."
For more information on these award programs, visit the TOPSS website.