November 2007 Announcements

Call for Nominations for 2008 McGuigan Prize; Grad Students – Nominate your Department for a Suinn Minority Achievement Award; Nominations Invited for Tanaka Dissertation Award; Apply now for Summer 2008 Internships!; The 21st International Workshop on the Methodology of Twin and Family Studies: The Introductory Course

Call for Nominations for 2008 McGuigan Prize

Announcing the fourth biennial American Psychological Foundation F. J. McGuigan Young Investigator Prize. This $25,000 prize will be given in 2008 to recognize the efforts of a young psychological science investigator in the areas of research consistent with those pursued by Frank Joseph McGuigan, PhD

The McGuigan Young Investigator Prize recognizes the efforts of a young psychological science investigator to explicate the concept of the human mind from a primarily psychophysiological perspective. Physiological and behavioral research may qualify for support, but dualistic approaches, such as those espoused by many contemporary cognitive psychologists, do not qualify for support.

Nominees must have earned a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field and be fewer than 9 years post-doctoral degree at the time of the nomination. Nominees must also be affiliated with an accredited college, university or research institution. The prize will be awarded to the recipient’s institution for the benefit of his or her research. Faculty salaries and indirect costs may not be requested.

The deadline for nominations is March 3, 2008. For more information, visit McGuigan Prize or email the APA Science Directorate.

Grad Students--Nominate your Department for a Suinn Minority Achievement Award

The APA Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment Retention and Training (CEMRRAT) Task Force is accepting nominations for the Suinn Minority Achievement Awards. The Suinn Award is given to departments of psychology who have demonstrated excellence in the recruitment, retention, and graduation of ethnic minority students. Nominations are submitted by student(s) within the particular psychology graduate department and/or program, and are due by April 15, 2008. The call for nominations and application form can be viewed online at APA's CEMRRAT2 page.

Nominations Invited for Tanaka Dissertation Award

APA’s Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) seeks nominations for the 2008 Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology, which recognizes the most outstanding dissertation in psychology that contributes to a better understanding of the psychological issues and concerns facing communities of color.

Dr. Tanaka was an Asian American scholar and psychologist whose work emphasized the importance of culture and ethnicity in the scientific understanding of behavior. He was a fellow of APA’s Division 5 and a member of APA’s Divisions 8 & 45. Dr. Tanaka was chair-elect of the CEMA at the time of his death in 1992.

CEMA welcomes applications from individuals who filed their dissertations in 2006 or 2007, on research involving one or more of the following areas: (a) enhancing the psychological understanding of ethnic minority issues; (b) improving psychological service delivery systems to ethnic minorities; (c) developing new concepts or theories relevant to ethnic minority populations; (d) creating methodological paradigms that promote effective research and understanding of the values, beliefs and needs of ethnic minority communities.

A CEMA appointed selection subcommittee will choose the winner through a masked review process. Criteria include impact on ethnic minority populations; completeness and clarity; creativity; and effectiveness of the research design. The Subcommittee will choose semifinalists from all abstracts submitted. Semifinalists will be required to submit copies of their entire dissertation for the final selection process. The winner receives $500 and a $300 travel award sponsored by the APA Science Directorate, and will be invited to briefly present her or his dissertation at the 116th APA annual convention in Boston, Massachusetts, August 14-17, 2008.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is April 1, 2008. Please provide five copies of an abstract (no more than 1,000 words). The dissertation title should appear on all five copies of abstracts submitted; however, only one abstract should identify the author, and also provide the author’s current mailing address and daytime telephone number. All submissions should be sent to the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs at the APA address. For additional information, call (202) 336-6029.

Apply now for Summer 2008 Internships!

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) HS-STEM Summer Internship Program has announced its Summer 2008 Internship program for undergraduate students. Psychology is one of the featured disciplines, so please forward this notice to undergraduate students in your department!

This program provides 10-week summer internships at federal research facilities for undergraduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. Students receive a $500/week stipend and travel reimbursement.

Complete information is available online on the Homeland Security DHS HS-STEM website.

The deadline for submitting an application is December 14, 2007.

Questions regarding the DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program can be sent via email.

The 21st International Workshop on the Methodology of Twin and Family Studies: The Introductory Course

The next workshop will be held in Boulder, Colorado, March 3 – 7, 2008, with John Hewitt as local host. Mike Neale, developer of the Mx package, serves as the Academic Director for the workshop and is joined by approximately a dozen outstanding faculty from universities around the world.

The course will include: causes of variation; univariate twin analysis; between group heterogeneity; path analysis; analysis of raw data; multivariate genetic analysis; multiple raters; sibling effects; categorical data; power analysis; models of comorbidity; extended pedigrees; developmental models; and an introduction to quantitative trait loci analyses. Hands-on analysis will be emphasized employing networked notebook computers.

This course is intended to be introductory. Participants interested in more advanced work (e.g., those who have attended earlier workshops) should consider the advanced workshop planned for 2009 (funding permitting).

The registration fee will be $350, payable by January 19, 2007. Thereafter, the registration fee will be $400.

More information about the course, and the application form, are available on the course website, or can be obtained by contacting John Hewitt, or the workshop secretary Kendra Locher, IBG, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0447, USA; Telephone: 303-735-5440; FAX: 303-492-8063.

Minority students and scientists are especially encouraged to attend. Partial need-based financial support for US minority participants is available by application to the local host, John Hewitt.

Financial support for this workshop is provided by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.