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Nominations Needed for New Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service to Psychological Science Award recognizes individuals who are committed to serving the discipline in a variety of ways.

By Suzanne Wandersman

Scientists who serve the discipline can be honored with a new award created by the APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA). The Distinguished Service to Psychological Science Award recognizes individuals who are committed to serving the discipline in a variety of ways. This award aims to encourage a culture of service among scientists. A culture of service is one of the themes included in the Science Directorate's and BSA's new initiative, Psychological Science for the 21st Century (PSY21).

This new award will be granted to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their commitment to a culture of service. Award recipients will receive a prize of $1,000. The deadline for nominations is August 25, 2005.

Nominees will have demonstrated their service to the discipline by aiding in the governance of various psychological associations (e.g., as a member of boards, committees, task forces, officer roles); editing journals; reviewing grant proposals; mentoring students and colleagues; advocating for psychological science's best interests with state and federal lawmakers; and promoting the value of psychological science in the public eye. Nominees may be involved in one service area, many of the areas, or all of the service areas noted above. An individual's service to the discipline and not a person's scholarly achievements will be the focus of this award.

When submitting a nomination please provide the following:

  • A letter of nomination that describes and supports the individual's contributions (e.g., nature of the individual's service to psychological science, positions held). The nomination letter should be no more than two pages in length.

  • A curriculum vitae.

  • Three letters of support from individuals familiar with the nominee's service to the discipline. These letters can be from colleagues who have served with the nominee, a Dean familiar with the nominee's service, former students, or colleagues.

Nominations will be accepted only as electronic submissions submitted by email. Please be sure to submit the nomination as a package that includes the letter of nomination, vita, and three letters of support. If you have any questions about your nomination, please send an us an email so that we can address your concern.