Student Notebook

APS Grants and Recognition for Students

The career path for students in psychological science can seem daunting at times, with many factors influencing your decisions and choices. Is academia the best fit for you, or would you flourish in another setting? If your goal is to work in a lab, what central research questions will you focus on? What are some good ways to forge working relationships and connections with other psychological scientists? APS offers a variety of ways for budding scientists to pursue research projects and build strong CVs.

The Association provides five opportunities that students can apply for in the next several months.

The Student Grant Competition Application deadline: November 1, 2017.

Provides small “seed grant” funding to support research in its initial development stages and to help with needs such as purchasing research materials or covering other expenses incurred prior to data collection. Up to eight awards ($500 each) will be given to APS graduate and undergraduate student affiliates.

The Student Research Award Application deadline: January 31, 2018.

Promotes and acknowledges outstanding research conducted by APS student members. Winners of this competition will present their research in symposium format at the APS Annual Convention in May and receive some monetary compensation for travel costs to the event. The program includes up to three awards for graduate students and up to two awards for undergraduates.

The RISE Research Award Application deadline: January 31, 2018.

Seeks to cultivate psychological science research in fields related to socially and economically underrepresented populations. The winners present their research at a special symposium at the APS Annual Convention in addition to receiving a monetary award.

The Psi Chi | APS Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award Application deadline: February 1, 2018.

Provides $1,200 for travel expenses to attend the APS Annual Convention to receive the award and two engraved plaques, one for the winner and one for the winner’s psychology department. APS will give the winner a 3-year membership to APS, including subscriptions to all APS journals. All psychology graduate students who are members of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, and are also APS graduate student affiliates are eligible to submit their research for consideration.

Convention Travel Awards

In addition, APS provides travel assistance to APS student affiliates who are presenting their research at the Annual Convention. The assistance includes cash awards of about $200, plus complimentary Convention registration. Recipients will be asked to volunteer for a 6-hour shift onsite at the Convention. Volunteer duties include working at the registration desk, providing directions to attendees, and completing room counts for various Convention events.