September 2007 Announcements

Deadline for Comments for the Revision of the 1999 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing Quickly Approaching; Summer-Research Grants Program Announced; Grants Available for Scientific Conferences, Proposals Invited; Study-Abroad Option for Graduate Students!

Deadline for Comments for the Revision of the 1999 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing Quickly Approaching

The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (the Standards) are frequently cited in federal and state legislation, court decisions, and other policy and legal documents as the preeminent professional and scientific guidelines on the development, use and validation of psychological and educational tests and assessments. A management committee has been appointed by the three organizations that sponsor the Standards, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Psychological Association, (APA) and the National Council for Measurement in Education (NCME) to oversee a revision of the document. As a first step in the revision process, the management committee has posted a call for comments on APA's Science Directorate Testing and Assesment page. Individual APA members and representatives of APA affiliated groups are welcome to submit comments on line through October 15, 2007. Please contact Marianne Ernesto, Director Testing and Assessment, APA Science Directorate if you have questions or need additional information concerning the Standards revision process.

Summer-Research Grants Program Announced

Up to $10,000 per award targeting junior faculty in the neurosciences at predominantly undergraduate institutions

SOMAS: Support of Mentors and their Students in the Neurosciences

The SOMAS Program is pleased to announce the 2008 SOMAS summer fellowship program designed to support junior faculty (untenured/pre-tenure assistant professors, typically within 5 years of having completed Ph.D. and postdoctoral training) in the neurosciences seeking to launch research programs with undergraduate student collaborators. Faculty from predominantly undergraduate institutions will be eligible for awards of up to $10,000 to cover a supply budget, summer student housing, faculty and student stipends, and travel expenses to the joint Annual Meetings of the Society for Neuroscience and Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience.

Application deadline is December 1, 2007, with awards made in early February for the 2008 summer research effort. Up to six awards will be made for the 2008 program. Faculty members with little experience in grant-writing or those from institutions serving women and minority groups underrepresented in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information, go to the SOMAS website.

Grants Available for Scientific Conferences, Proposals Invited

The Science Directorate is currently seeking proposals for research conferences in psychology. The purpose of this program is to promote the exchange of important new contributions and approaches in scientific psychology. More than 90 conference grants have been awarded to date. The next deadline for applications is December 1, 2007.

Grant money ranging from $500 to $20,000 is available for the scientific conference. Proposals will be considered using such formats as “add-a-day” conferences ($500-$3,000 available), “stand alone” conferences and festschrifts (both $20,000 maximum, although the maximum is rarely awarded; more typical maximum is $15,000). APA is also open to innovative ways of holding conferences. The conference must be additionally supported by the host institution with direct funds, significant in-kind support, or a combination of the two. Please note that a detailed budget including institutional support is required for application.

  • Conference proposals must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • One of the primary organizers must be a member of APA.

  • Only academic institutions accredited by a regional body may apply. Independent research institutions must provide evidence of affiliation with an accredited institution. Joint proposals from cooperating institutions are encouraged.

  • Conferences may be held only in the United States, its possessions, or Canada.

  • APA governance groups, APA Divisions and other related entities are not eligible for funding under this program.

Conference proceedings and presentation materials (including electronic presentations) must be submitted to APA three months after the date the conference is held. APA will hold the conference proceedings for three years. If a book has not been published by APA or another publisher within the three-year holding period, APA will place the conference proceedings in PsycEXTRA.

Seventy-five percent of funds will be distributed to grantees prior to the conferences, and the remaining twenty-five percent will be released following the conference and after the submission of a final financial report detailing conference expenditures equal to or exceeding Grantee’s proposed total budget.

Conference review committee members are: Oscar Barbarin, Anita Davis, Michael Domjan, Kathleen McDermott, Kevin Murphy, and James W. Pennebaker.

For more information on review criteria, proposal contents, and budget guidelines, please refer to the APA website or contact Stephanie Cox.

Please mail proposals to:
APA Science Directorate
750 First Street, NE
Attn: Scientific Conferences Proposals
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Study-Abroad Option for Graduate Students!

If you are currently a graduate student and want to take a summer to become immersed in East Asian or Pacific culture, you should apply to the National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI)!

US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for the grants of $5,000 each.

The Summer Institutes provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering: 1) first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. The institutes last approximately eight weeks from June to August.

Deadline for EAPSI 2008 will be December 12, 2007.

Visit the National Science Foundation Summer Institute website for program details.