September 2009 Announcements

2009 Lizette Peterson Homer Grant: Call for Applications

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is accepting applications for the 2009 Lizette Peterson Homer Grant -- a $5,000 grant which supports research into psychological and behavioral aspects of the prevention of injuries in children and adolescents (including non-intentional and intentional injuries). Examples of appropriate types of research projects related to childhood injuries are those that are published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Innovative projects are encouraged.

Students and faculty are eligible to apply.

The deadline is October 1, 2009. For more information, visit the APF web site.

Grant Available for LGB Family Psychology or Family Therapy

The Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grants support empirical and applied research focused on lesbian, gay, and bisexual family psychology and lesbian, gay, and bisexual family therapy. One grant of up to $12,000 for research by a graduate student will be awarded with strong preference given to dissertation candidates.

The deadline is November 1, 2009. For more information, visit the APF web site.

NSF Seeks Nominations for Top Awards

The National Science Foundation has issued calls for nominations for major awards to be given in 2010:

National Medal of Science

This award is “the Nation’s highest honor for American scientists and engineers presented annually by the President of the United States.” Fifteen psychologists have received this award, including Michael Posner in 2009 (see accompanying article).

For details about the award and nomination process, see The nomination deadline is November 5, 2009.

Vannevar Bush Award

Sponsored by the National Science Board, the governing body of NSF, this award “honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy.” Among the previous awardees is psychologist Richard C. Atkinson (2003), who served as NSF director and president of the University of California.

Details about the award and nomination process can be found at: The nomination deadline is November 4, 2009.

Alan T. Waterman Award

This award is “the highest honor awarded by the National Science Foundation to a promising scientist or engineer at the dawn of their professional career... In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $500,000, over a three year period for scientific research or advanced study.” For further information, see The nomination deadline is November 5, 2009.

Fellowships for Child Psychology Research

APF is pleased to offer up to four $25,000 fellowships for graduate students conducting research in child psychology. The Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowship program seeks to support scholarly work that contributes to the advancement of knowledge and learning in child psychology. To qualify for the fellowship, applicants must have achieved doctoral candidacy. In addition to the four fellowships, two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to runners-up.

The deadline is November 15. For more information, visit the APF web site.

SOMAS-URM Summer Research Grants Announced

SOMAS-URM: Support of Mentors and their Students in the Neurosciences from Underrepresented Minority Groups

The SOMAS Program is pleased to announce the 2010 SOMAS-URM summer fellowship program designed to support junior faculty (untenured/pre-tenure assistant professors, typically within five years of having completed PhD 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 $8,000. Selections will be made based on the justifications for and the quality of the proposed research experience for the undergraduate. Preference will be given to faculty from underrepresented minority groups (URM), to faculty from institutions serving women and/or minority groups, or to faculty who have identified URM students as research collaborators. Special consideration will be given to faculty members with little experience in grant writing and who are just beginning their research programs.

Application deadline is December 1, 2009. For more information, visit the web site.