The competition highlights outstanding contributions made by graduate students to the growing field of Occupational Health Psychology and who attend the Work, Stress and Health Conference.


All student first-authored submissions to Work, Stress and Health 2015 that complete the scientific peer review process and are accepted for the meeting are eligible to enter the student award competition. Following notification of acceptance, students will be invited to submit a competitive paper for evaluation by the award committee, indicating whether the original submission was accepted as a poster, a paper or as part of a symposium. Specific guidelines for the paper will be provided at this time.


All submissions will undergo a blind review for selection of finalists. Five finalists will be identified prior to the conference and one will be selected as the award winner based on observation of presentation during the conference. Student submissions and presentations will not be reviewed or judged by any person who may be an academic advisor to, or serve as a committee member for, that student.

Award criteria

Competitive paper criteria for pre-conference evaluation of all submissions.

Excellence in research  Total: 75%
 I.  Rationale for the project  15%
A. Connection to OHP literature. 
B. Theoretical advance. 
C. Creativity of approach. 
D. Specific hypotheses developed/presented.
II.  Description of the methodology  20%

A. Overall quality of the research design. 
B. Ethical considerations. 
C. Population, sample, recruiting participants. 
D. Measurements (both quantitative and qualitative).

1. Appropriateness. 
2. psychometric quality.

 III.  Presentation and interpretation of results   25%

A. Reporting the results (both quantitative and qualitative).

1. Descriptive data clearly reported. 
2. Analytic data clearly reported. 
3. Overall quality and comprehensiveness of the report of results.

B. Quality of the results with respect to the overall findings and conclusions.

 IV.  Implications of the results for OHP theory and practice  15%
  A. Placing this study into the broader context of OHP. 
B. Limitations. 
C. New research questions.


Conference evaluation of finalists
Clarity of presentation Total 25%
I. Organization 10%
A. Overview of the general topic. 
B. Derivation of the purpose/research question. 
C. Description of the study procedures. 
D. Presentation (via tables/figures) of results.
E. Discussion of implications, both theoretical and practical.
II. Expression of knowledge about area 10%
III. Professional presentation style 5%


Competition procedures and timeline

Electronic submissions are preferred but not required.

Oct. 6, 2014 Submit 600-800 word abstract along with the proposal cover sheet and all other required materials to the conference coordinator at APA. Please refer to the conference topic list to see the full range of eligible topics in occupational health psychology.
October 2014 - January 2015 Every effort will be made to provide quick feedback on abstracts that have been designated for this competition. However, please do no wait to hear from APA to begin preparing your manuscript for this competition. (Acceptance of your abstract is required to be included in the competition; however, the timing is too close to delay preparing your manuscript until after you hear from APA.) At the time of acceptance notification, you will be invited to submit your research project for the Student Award competition. Specific details on length and format of the competitive paper will be provided at this time; however, try to work toward a full-length manuscript submission of approximately 30 pages total (8.5" x 11" paper, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font). Please refer to the excellence in research award criteria for pre-conference evaluation when drafting your manuscript.
Feb. 15, 2015

Deadline to submit the competitive paper to the Award Committee. Electronic submissions are preferred. Printed copies will also be accepted provided that they are postmarked no later than Feb. 15, 2015, and are sent via airmail (or express). If submitting in printed form, please include three copies of the paper.

Complete and submit the Student Research Competition Submission Statement (PDF, 296KB)

February – March 2015 Student Award Competition peer review (see the award criteria). Papers will be blind-reviewed, and will not be reviewed by any person who may serve as an advisor or committee member to the student.
April 2015 Notification of finalists.
May 2015 Finalists will be observed during the conference sessions to evaluate quality and manner of presentation. The award winner will be announced during the closing plenary session.