Announcements

January 2007 Announcements

Call for Applications for the 2007 Lizette Peterson Homer Memorial Injury Research Grant; Applications Available for Undergraduate Summer Science Programs; Call for Nominations: Master Lecturers and Distinguished Scientist Lecturers; Call for Nominations: Neal Miller Distinguished Lecture; Call for Nominations for the 2007 APA Science Student Council (APASSC); Upcoming Application Deadlines: Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs); 2007 Oswald-Külpe-Award for the Experimental Study of Higher Mental Processes; Apply for an APA Convention Student Travel Award!; Call for Applications: Mentoring Fellowship Award for Advanced Graduate and Postdoctoral Students

Call for Applications for the 2007 Lizette Peterson Homer Memorial Injury Research Grant

Faculty and graduate students who could use funding to support their psychosocial research on injuries (by accidents, violence, abuse or suicide) to children and young adults are invited to apply for these funds. Previously known as the Rebecca Routh Coon Injury Research Fund, the American Psychological Foundation (APF) and APA Division 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology) invite applications for this annual $1,500 grant. Qualified applicants must be members or student affiliates of APA's Division 54. Nomination packets are due by April 1, 2007. For more information, or to submit an application, contact Dr. Sharon Berry or visit APA Peterson-Homer award.


Applications Available for Undergraduate Summer Science Programs

The Science Directorate is now accepting applications for its two premier summer undergraduate research programs -- the thirteenth Summer Science Institute (SSI) and the fourth Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology (ASTP).

The Summer Science Institute will be held at the University of California, San Diego, June 22 - July 1, 2007, with applications accepted until February 16, 2007. At SSI, 32 exceptional undergraduate students will be immersed in the science of psychology. During the intensive session, students will explore the intellectual, personal, and social nature of research in psychology through stimulating group seminars and laboratory experiences. SSI will stress the importance of the scientific method in psychology. Students will have the opportunity to learn from distinguished faculty at one of the nation's top graduate programs in psychology. Among the areas that may be explored are: biological psychopathology, clinical science and psychopathology research, cognitive and biological psychology, counseling psychology, differential psychology/behavior genetics, industrial/organizational psychology, personality research, psychometric/quantitative methods, school psychology, and social psychology. We'll also cover some important practical topics, including deciding on graduate study and careers in scientific psychology.

Applications for ASTP, to be held at the American Psychological Association July 14 - 22, 2007, will be accepted until March 2, 2007. This program is designed to give rising seniors, who plan to pursue advanced degrees in psychological science, the opportunity to learn about statistics and research methods in a dynamic setting that emphasizes hands-on computer skills. ASTP targets students from traditionally underrepresented groups in psychology. The definition of underrepresented groups for this program is broad and includes members of ethnic minority groups, first generation college students, and students who have had to overcome other kinds of social, physical or economic barriers on the road to academic excellence.

Please contact the Science Directorate (202-336-6000; email) if you have questions.


Call for Nominations: Master Lecturers and Distinguished Scientist Lecturers

The American Psychological Association's (APA) Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) is soliciting nominations for speakers for the 2008 Master Lecture Program and the 2008 Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program. These annual programs spotlight experts in psychological science and are sponsored by the APA's Science Directorate.

Selected speakers receive an honorarium of $1,000 and reimbursement for travel expenses, up to $1,000. All nominees should be excellent public speakers. BSA will review all nominations at its 2007 spring meeting and begin to contact potential speakers for these programs. Nominations may be for either the Distinguished Lecture Program or the Master Lecture Program (or both).

The Master Lecture Program, developed by BSA, supports up to five (5) psychological scientists to speak at the APA Annual Convention. A list of previously selected speakers can be found on-line. BSA has organized the lectures into ten core areas that reflect the field. Each year, five of these areas are addressed by Master Lecturers. Speakers for the 2008 Convention, to be held in Boston, MA, August 14-17, 2008, will be chosen to have expertise in each of the following areas:

  • Developmental psychology

  • Learning, behavior and action

  • Methodology

  • Psychopathology

  • Social and cultural psychology

The Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program, developed by BSA, supports up to three (3) psychological scientists to speak at Regional Psychological Association meetings to be held in 2008. Speakers must be actively engaged in research, with expertise in any area. A list of previously selected speakers and their topics can be found on-line at APA Regional Associations.

Please send in the name of your nominee(s) by email or fax to Suzanne Wandersman, APA Science Directorate, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC. 20002-4242 (e-mail; fax 202-336-5953). Nominations must be received by February 20, 2007.


Call for Nominations: Neal Miller Distinguished Lecture

The American Psychological Association's Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) is soliciting nominations for speakers for the 2008 Neal Miller Distinguished Lecture that is scheduled during the APA Convention in Boston, MA, August 14-17, 2008. This annual presentation spotlights experts in neuroscience and animal research. The selected speaker receives reimbursement for his/her travel expenses, up to $1,000. BSA will select the speaker at its 2007 spring meeting.

BSA is pleased to be able to dedicate time during the APA convention to neuroscience and animal research. The board honored the eminent neuroscientist Neal Miller by naming the lecture after him. Past speakers include: Neal Miller, Nancy Wexler, Larry Squire, Joseph LeDoux, Martha McClintock, Robert Ader, Linda Bartoshuk, Steven Maier, Elizabeth Gould, Edward Taub, J. Bruce Overmier, and Lynn Nadel, and Bruce McEwen.

Nominations must be received by February 12, 2007.

Please send a vita for your nominee by email or fax to:
Suzanne Wandersman
APA Science Directorate
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC. 20002-4242
fax 202-336-5953.


Call for Nominations for the 2007 APA Science Student Council (APASSC)

The Science Directorate requests your help in making nominations to the APA Science Student Council (APASSC). Formed in 1993, the APASSC is a diverse group of science-oriented psychology graduate students who serve as an advisory group to the APA Science Directorate. The Council represents the interests of science-oriented students by providing valuable advice to the Directorate on how it can best serve the science student population. The Council has been actively involved in a number of projects, including awarding prizes for graduate-level research, organizing student programs for the APA Convention and making recommendations on the Directorate's student programs.

The Directorate is seeking nominations of second or third year graduate students, or first year graduate students with a master's degree in psychology, to serve a two-year term for the 2007 and 2008 calendar years, during which time they must be actively engaged in their programs. Council members are required to attend two weekend meetings per year during the term in Washington, DC, at APA's expense.

Four (4) positions are currently available on the Council, one position in each of the following areas of research:

  • Biopsychology
    Sample areas of interest: Neurobiological Mechanisms Underlying Behavior

  • Cognitive Science
    Sample areas of interest: Sensation/perception, Action, Memory, Learning

  • Developmental Psychology
    Sample areas of interest: Infancy, Gerontology, Emerging Adulthood, Lifespan Development

  • Industrial/Organizational Research
    Sample areas of interest: Industrial, Organizational, Occupational Health

All nominations must be received by Friday, February 2, 2007, and must include the following materials:

  • A letter of recommendation (not to exceed 500 words) from the student's advisor, co-signed by the Department Chair, endorsing the nomination

  • An essay written by the student about why s/he wants to be on the Council and how s/he could contribute as a Council member (not to exceed 500 words)

  • A description written by the student about his/her research in psychology that demonstrates commitment to psychological science (not to exceed 500 words)

  • An abbreviated curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages)

Nomination materials may be sent electronically. Please direct questions and nominations to the APA Science Directorate, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; tel.: 202-336-6000; email.

New members will be selected by February 16, 2007. For more information on the APASSC and the Council's current projects, please visit the APA Science Student Council.


Upcoming Application Deadlines: Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs)

This is just a reminder that the application deadlines for the 2007 ATIs are quickly approaching. Take advantage of your opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in cutting-edge technologies at one of these hands-on APAsponsored events. ATIs tackle the big issues confronting researchers who use (or want to use) these innovative methodologies. Through lecture, labs, and discussions, ATI instructors discuss many of the diverse ways that emerging technologies are being applied across psychology. A special effort is also made to cover some specific ways that individual attendees can incorporate these methods into their research. Applications will be accepted until seats are filled for some programs, while others have strict application procedures and deadlines beginning in February. Financial support is available for some programs. Details can be found at the APA ATI Web site or by email.

Structural Equation Modeling in Longitudinal Research
May 28 - June 1, 2007
Application Deadline - Feb. 28, 2007

Childcare: It’s More than You Think! A practical and hands-on approach to using large-scale databases
June 4-8, 2007
Application Deadline - Feb. 28, 2007

Nonlinear Methods for Psychological Science
June 11-15, 2007
Application Deadline - Mar. 26, 2007

Performing Web-Based Research
July 9-13, 2007
Application Deadline - Apr. 2, 2007

Geographic Information Systems for Psychological Research
August 16, 2007
Applications Accepted Until Seats Filled

To apply or for more information please visit the APA ATI Web site.


2007 Oswald-Külpe-Award for the Experimental Study of Higher Mental Processes

Announcement and Application Instructions

Honoring the great tradition of the Würzburg School of Psychology and its founder Oswald Külpe, the University of Würzburg invites nominations for its Oswald-Külpe-Award, which is conferred biennially in a special ceremony.

The purpose of the award is to recognize exceptional scientific contributions to the experimental study of higher mental processes. The previous winner was Prof. Asher Koriat of the University of Haifa, Israel.

For the second time, the Oswald-Külpe-Award will be presented in Würzburg on November 2, 2007 by the president of the university and the chair of the psychology department. It includes a cash prize of €4,000 - and the winner's expenses for travelling and accommodation.

Eligible are scientists of all nationalities and without any age restrictions. The only criterion is the candidates' proven excellence in experimental research on higher mental processes. This may pertain to different areas of psychology.

Applications and nominations must be received by 1 June, 2007. They should include

  • Letter addressing the candidate's merits with respect to the criterion of the award

  • Current curriculum vitae and bibliography

  • Names of two distinguished colleagues who are willing to write letters of recommendation

Materials should be sent to the chair of the psychology department

Prof. Fritz Strack
LS Psychologie II
Rõntgenring 10
97070 Würzburg
Germany

For further information email Professor Fritz Strack.


Apply for an APA Convention Student Travel Award!

The Science Directorate announces its 20th annual APA Student Travel Award competition. Each year, the Directorate provides $300 grants to up to 100 psychology graduate students to facilitate travel to the APA Annual Convention to present their research. Selection decisions are based on the quality of the submitted information. Geographic location is also considered in granting the awards. Up to three students from each department of psychology may submit applications. If more than three students from a department wish to apply for these funds, the department must perform an initial screening and forward only three applications.

The deadline for applications is April 2, 2007 for travel to the 115th annual APA Convention, taking place August 17-20 in San Francisco, California. All applicants must have their paper or poster accepted by an APA division prior to applying for the grant.

For more information about this grant opportunity, please visit the APA Grants and Awards website or email the Science Directorate.


Call for Applications: Mentoring Fellowship Award for Advanced Graduate and Postdoctoral Students

Apply for a $1000 Travel Award to Attend the APA Annual convention in San Francisco, 2007

Aspiring psychological scientists working with nonhuman animals are invited to apply for a terrific professional development opportunity. Divisions 3 (Experimental Psychology), 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience & Comparative Psychology), 25 (Behavior Analysis), 28 (Psychopharmacology & Substance Abuse) and 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) and the Committee on Animal Research and Ethics (CARE), are teaming up to provide collaborative mentoring for promising new scholars in the fields of behavioral neuroscience, comparative psychology, experimental analyses of behavior, and psychopharmacology and substance abuse. This initiative expands and enhances the CARE Imprinting Award program, successfully launched at the 2006 APA Convention in New Orleans. The Mentoring Fellowship Award will provide up to 10 awardees with $1000 in travel funds to attend the APA Annual Convention in San Francisco, where they will participate in activities designed: to enable junior investigators to develop meaningful contacts with senior scientists and program directors in their fields; to help awardees' navigate a variety of professional settings that they will encounter early in their research career; and to identify with APA as a professional home. This project also aims to make our research community more inclusive; toward this end, we especially invite participation of scientists from underrepresented minority groups.

To apply, submit a statement of your research interests, a CV, a letter of recommendation, and a copy of a recent paper (published or in press) by January 30, 2007, to Sangeeta Panicker, Director, Research Ethics Office, Science Directorate. Awardees will be notified in April, 2007.