July 2008 Announcements

“Scientists’ Guide to the APA Convention” Now Available!; Applications Invited for the 2008 APA Dissertation Research Awards; Announcing the Husted Memorial Dissertation Award for Mental Illness Services Research; Funding Opportunities for Students!


“Scientists’ Guide to the APA Convention” Now Available!

The initial compilation of the popular “Scientists’ Guide” is now on the Science Directorate website. Thanks to the many Division program chairs who provided us with highlights from their division’s programming, the electronic version of our Guide is ready to review now! There will be a few tweaks here and there before the printed version is ready for distribution, but the basics are there for your use in planning your trip to Boston. Visit the APA Convention Web site for the first look at the Guide.

In addition to tons of information about Division programs, the Guide features listings of Presidential programs, plenary sessions, scientific award addresses, and dozens of other sessions that will be of significant interest to the science community.

Paper copies of the Guide will be available at the Science Directorate booth at the APA Convention (APA Resources area near the Registration desk at the Convention Center).

Applications Invited for the 2008 APA Dissertation Research Awards

To assist science-oriented doctoral students of psychology with the costs of conducting dissertation research, the American Psychological Association Science Directorate sponsors an annual competition for funding. This award program features 30-40 grants of $1,000 each, and several larger grants of up to $5,000. Projects in any area of psychology are eligible. Funds may be requested for expenses that are directly related to the dissertation research such as participant incentives, animal care, and equipment.

Awards are provided to students whose dissertation research reflects excellence in scientific psychology. Each department of psychology may forward up to three applications per year for consideration for this award program. In order to be eligible for an award, by the application deadline students must have had their dissertation proposals approved by their dissertation committees but must not yet have received their doctoral degree. Award recipients will be listed in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science Agenda.

The deadline for Dissertation Research Award application packets to arrive at the Science Directorate is September 15, 2008. Complete information about this exciting opportunity can be found on the APA Awards Web site.

Announcing the Husted Memorial Dissertation Award for Mental Illness Services Research

The American Psychological Foundation and APA’s Science Directorate invite proposals for the 2008 Todd E. Husted Memorial Dissertation Award. This $2,000 award supports dissertation research on mental illness services with great potential to improve services for those with severe and persistent mental illnesses, by, for example:

  • Developing interventions that prevent deterioration, homelessness, and premature deaths of those with serious mental illness.

  • Improving the medication and treatment compliance of those with schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder.

  • Improving the identification, diversion, and treatment of people who enter the criminal justice system as a result of their mental illness.

  • Educating professionals in the criminal justice system about the role of serious mental illnesses in the behavior of mentally ill offenders.

  • Increasing access to and use of services and support for the most treatment-resistant and severely mentally ill individuals.

The application deadline is September 15, 2008. Applicants for the Husted Award must meet the same eligibility requirements as applicants for the APA Dissertation Research Awards, and application packets must be received by the Science Directorate by September 15. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts on serious mental illnesses.

Funding Opportunities for Students!

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering and its Developing Global Scientists and Engineers program invites proposals from undergraduate and graduate students! Please visit the National Science Foundation for more information.

This program has two elements. The first is the International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) which supports groups of US undergraduate or graduate students conducting research abroad in collaboration with foreign investigators. This component receives very few proposals from the social and behavioral sciences and we would like to see that changed. The next target date for IRES is September 15, 2008.

The second component is the Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Projects (DDEP) which supports the dissertation research abroad of one doctoral student working in collaboration with a foreign investigator.

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