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What can your department do with a $5,000 award?

How recipients of the APA Culture of Service award have used it to advance psychological science.

Your department could be selected to receive a $5,000 award and be recognized for your commitment to service. That’s what happened to the departments listed below. Since 2006, the Board of Scientific Affairs of the American Psychological Association (APA) has selected academic departments to receive the Departmental Award for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences. This award recognizes departments that show a pattern of support for service to the discipline from faculty at all levels, including demonstration that service to the discipline is rewarded in faculty tenure and promotion and that service is an integral part of training and mentoring. 

If you would like your department to have a chance to receive a $5,000 award next year, submit a nomination for the 2013 awards. The deadline is April 1, but nominations are being accepted now.

Here is how some previous recipients have made use of their awards:

Davidson College, Department of Psychology (2006)

The department put the award funds into the college endowment and has used the interest from it to support student awards for service leadership that shows a strong application of psychology.

University of Minnesota, Department of Psychology (2006)

The department used the award to initiate a program of small grants for psychology undergraduate majors, with the goal of supporting students in activities linking their psychology studies with outreach and public engagement.

University of Florida, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology (2007)

The award was used to support travel by pre- and post-doctoral students to enable them to attend conferences of scientific organizations in which they have governance or service responsibility.

George Mason University, Department of Psychology (2007)

One portion of the award was used to fund prizes recognizing faculty and students who perform service within the university, to the profession or to the local community. Another portion of the award was given to the department’s Center for Psychological Services, which provides assessment and treatment services to the community and serves as a training facility for graduate students and a setting for clinical research investigations.

James Madison University, Department of Psychology (2008)

A portion of the award was used to support scholarships for psychology students engaged in various forms of service, including education. Another portion was directed to a program that enables high school teachers of psychology to attend a regional conference sponsored by the department.

University of South Florida, Department of Psychology (2009)
The award was used to support an annual student awards ceremony, a guest speaker and graduate student recruiting activities that fall within the spirit of the award.
Bradley University, Department of Psychology (2011)

The department has used the award funds to support collaborative research projects and is exploring the possibility of establishing a Culture of Service Fund with matching funds from alumni.

Temple University, Department of Psychology (2011)

The award was used to support research and conference travel by undergraduate and graduate students, with applicants’ service activities among the criteria used in selecting recipients.

University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Psychology (2012)

The department is using this award to initiate a new Psychology Experiential Learning Fund, which will be used to sponsor undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and field studies.