February 2006 Announcements
2007 APA Scientific Awards Program: Call for Nominations
The APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) invites nominations for its 2007 scientific awards program. The Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology. The Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems.
To submit a nomination for the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award for the Applications of Psychology, you should provide a letter of nomination; the nominee's current vita with list of publications; the names and addresses of several scientists who are familiar with the nominee's work; a list of ten most significant and representative publications; and at least five reprints representative of the nominee's contribution (preferably in electronic form).
The Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology recognizes excellent young psychologists. For the 2007 program, nominations of persons who received doctoral degrees during and since 1997 are being sought in the areas of:
applied research (e.g., treatment and prevention research, industrial/organizational research, educational research)
behavioral and cognitive neuroscience
individual differences (e.g., personality, psychometrics, mental ability, behavioral genetics)
perception, motor performance
To submit a nomination for the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, you should provide a letter of nomination, the nominee's current vita with list of publications, and up to five representative reprints (preferably in electronic form).
To obtain nomination forms and more information, you can go to the Science Directorate website, or you can contact Jennifer Webb, Science Directorate, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; by phone, (202) 336-6000; by fax, (202) 336-5953; or by e-mail.
Troland Research Awards
Troland Research Awards - a research award of $50,000 given annually to each of two recipients to recognize unusual achievement and to further their research within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology - goes to Marvin M. Chun, professor of psychology, interdepartmental neuroscience program and cognitive science program, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; and to Frederick M. Rieke, investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and associate professor, department of physiology and biophysics, University of Washington, Seattle. Chun was chosen "for creative use of behavioral, brain-imaging, and neuropsychological evidence to elucidate the interplay of conscious and unconscious processes in perception, memory, and learning." Rieke was chosen "for experimental and theoretical analyses of information coding in the central nervous system and its relation to perception." The Troland Research Awards were established by a bequest from Leonard T. Troland and have been presented since 1984.
Upcoming Nomination Deadline: Biennial Frank J. McGuigan Young Investigator Prize
Is there a promising new faculty member in your psychology department who studies the human mind from a psychophysiological perspective? Is she or he nine or fewer years post PhD? Would recognition and funding provide a deserved boost to his or her promising research? Nominate your new colleague for the F. J. McGuigan Prize today! Nomination packages are due by March 1, 2006. For more information, visit the Science Directorate website, or contact the APA Science Directorate.
APA Summer Research Fellowships in DoD Counterintelligence
Program: Fellows will spend eight weeks in the summer of 2006 as Research Fellows in the Department of Defense's (DoD's) Counterintelligence Field Activity Office (CIFA), headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area.
Purpose: To provide one research psychologist and one senior graduate student in scientific psychology with invaluable learning experiences in psychological research and policy related to counterintelligence, to contribute to more effective use of psychological knowledge within federal counterintelligence research programs, and to broaden the awareness about the value of the psychology-government interaction among psychologists and within the federal government in general, and the Department of Defense in particular. The focus of the research will be on topics relevant to countering terrorist activity, reducing "insider threat" and developing counterintelligence threat trend analysis. Fellows will be expected to make internal presentations on research issues and to complete a brief paper summarizing any relevant research results compiled during the fellowship.
Criteria: Prospective Fellows must demonstrate competence in scientific psychology, and show demonstrated interest and, preferably, experience in counterintelligence issues. Due to the short duration of the Fellowship, Fellows will not need to obtain a security clearance, but a preliminary security screening will be required. Applicants must be able to work quickly and communicate effectively, and be able to work cooperatively with multidisciplinary teams. An applicant must be either a psychologist with a doctorate in psychology or a related field, or a senior graduate student, preferably ABD, working towards a PhD in psychology or related field. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and Members of APA or APAGS.
Awards: APA will sponsor two Fellows for summer appointments running from approximately June 5, 2005 - July 31, 2006 (specific dates may be negotiated). The Fellowship stipend for research psychologists is $8,000 and for graduate students the stipend is $6,000. Fellows also are expected to attend APA's convention in New Orleans (August 10-13, 2006) and will receive funds to cover travel, hotel and registration. Final selection of the Fellow will be made in the spring, 2006.
Application: Interested psychologists should submit the following materials, to be received by March 15, 2006:
a detailed vita providing information about educational background, professional employment and activities, professional publications and presentations, public policy and legislative experience, and committee and advisory group appointments;
a statement of approximately 1000 words addressing the applicant's interests in the counterintelligence Fellowship and career goals, contributions the applicant believes he or she can make as a psychologist or graduate student , and what the applicant wants to learn from the experience; and
three letters of reference specifically addressing the applicant's ability to work as a research Fellow in the Department of Defense.
Applications should be sent to: APA Summer Research Fellowship in DoD Counterintelligence, Public Policy Office, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Attention: Heather Kelly. For additional information about the application process, please e-mail Heather Kelly or call (202) 336-5932.
Student Travel Award Competition Deadline Nears
Graduate students: Are you looking for a little extra cash to get you to the APA Convention in New Orleans? If you are a student affiliate and are first author of your paper or poster accepted by an APA Division, you could be the recipient of a cool $300 travel grant!
The Student Travel Award competition is sponsored by the Science Directorate, and is intended to encourage predoctoral research by providing funds toward presentation travel. Applications are due by April 3, 2006. For more information visit the Science Directorate website (hot link on "website" to the student travel award page) or contact the Science Directorate at 202-336-6000.
All students presenting first-authored papers or posters at the Convention are also eligible for waivers of their Convention registration fees. For more information about this waiver, contact the APA Convention Office before registering.