Student Awards

The purpose of this award is to honor a graduate student who has made outstanding service or clinical contributions targeted at psychological issues of importance among ethnic minorities. Candidates whose goals and professional development are consistent with a career involving service in the area of ethnic minority psychology will be given preference for this award. The award will be presented at the Division 45 Award Ceremony during the APA Convention. Awardees are presented with an engraved plaque and an honorarium.

Recipients:

  • Annel Cordero (2009)
  • Bryana French (2010)
  • Dianna Gonzalez (2011)
  • Jamey Rislin (2016)

Awardees are presented with an engraved plaque and an honorarium at the Division 45 Award Ceremony during the APA Convention.

Service contributions may include:

  • Development of creative educational programs or other novel activities in the advancement of psychological service to, or the psychological study of, ethnic minorities
  • Efforts to increase funding for agencies providing psychological service to ethnic minorities, or psychological research on ethnic minority issues
  • Efforts related to legislation affecting psychological issues of importance to ethnic minorities
  • Involvement in policy issues that enhance the psychological services available to, or the psychological inquiry involving, ethnic minorities
  • Initiating programs that target the psychological needs of ethnic minorities, or substantive involvement in the development, evaluation, implementation, or improvement of said programs (e.g., counseling and support groups)

Eligibility requirements:

Nominees must be matriculated graduate students (including pre-doctoral interns), and must be student affiliates of Division 45 at the time that their nomination materials are submitted.

Submission requirements:

Self-nominations are accepted.  A completed nomination should include each of the following components.

  1. Write a letter of nomination describing the nominee’s achievements; include letter in packet
  2. Two letters of support are required in addition to the nomination letter
  3. Include copy of nominee’s CV
  4. A letter from the chair of the dissertation committee and/or training director indicating the student’s good standing in the program
  5.  Provide contact information (postal mailing address & email address) for both the nominee and the nominator

Email all nomination materials to Stanley Sue (ssue@paloaltou.edu) by May 13th.

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding psychological research on ethnic minority issues conducted primarily by a graduate student, including – but not limited to — dissertation research. Candidates whose goals and professional development are consistent with a career involving the psychological study of ethnic minority issues will be given preference for this award. The award will be presented at the Division 45 Award Ceremony during the APA Convention. Awardees are presented with an engraved plaque and an honorarium.

Recipients:

  • Kristine Molina (2009)
  • Rachel Ishikawa (2010)
  • Kimberly Langrehr (2011)
  • Chelsea Derlan (2016)

Awardees are presented with an engraved plaque and an honorarium at the Division 45 Award Ceremony during the APA Convention.

Eligibility requirements:

Nominees must be matriculated graduate students (including pre-doctoral interns), and must be student affiliates of Division 45 at the time that their nomination materials are submitted.

Submission requirements:

Self-nominations are accepted.  A completed nomination should include each of the following components.

  1. Write a letter of nomination describing the nominee’s achievements; include letter in packet
  2. Two letters of support are required in addition to the nomination letter
  3. Include copy of nominee’s CV
  4. A letter from the chair of the dissertation committee and/or training director indicating the student’s good standing in the program
  5.  Provide contact information (postal mailing address & email address) for both the nominee and the nominator

Email all nomination materials to Stanley Sue (ssue@paloaltou.edu) by May 13th.

Division 45 sponsors two awards in the amount of $500 each to help assist with the cost of attending conferences. Ten awards are reserved to support travel to the APA convention. Five awards are reserved for travel to this year’s National Multicultural Conference and Summit.

Please consider applying for this award if you meet criteria, or forward on to eligible students or peers.

What are the APA Division 45 Student Travel Awards?

Scholarships of $500 will be awarded to assist with registration and housing costs. These scholarships are intended to increase Division 45 student member participation at the APA Convention and National Multicultural Conference and Summit.

Convention Travel Award Recipients:

  • Allyson Regis (2014)
  • Maria Espinola (2014)
  • Octavio Santos (2014)
  • Elizabeth Trent (2014)
  • Hang Shim Lee (2014)
  • Bridget Richardson (2014)
  • Andrew Choi (2014)
  • Tiffany Chang (2014)
  • Sherri Taylor (2014)
  • Gabrielle Poon (2014)
  • Danielle Berke (2015)
  • Christopher Decou (2015)
  • Skylar Jackson (2015)
  • Eluit Rivera (2015)
  • Emily Unzueta (2015)
  • Chelsie Dunn (2016)
  • Christina Lam (2016)
  • Heather Key (2016)
  • I. Shujaa Miller (2016)
  • Yunkyoung Loh (2016)

General Travel Award Recipients:

  • Melissa Wheeler (2016)
  • Analia Abuja (2016)
  • Farzana Saleem (2016)
  • Johanna Collier (2016)
  • Sheena Mirpuri (2016)

Who is Eligible?

All undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a psychology-related program are eligible to apply for this award. Preference will be given to first time attendees. Applicants must be current student members of APA Division 45. Consideration will be given to those students who demonstrate the following:

  • Leadership Experience
  • Conference, Presentations, and Symposiums
  • Publications
  • Public Service and Community Activities
  • Awards and Scholarships

How do I apply?

Students must complete and submit the application form located below. The deadline for the General Student Travel Award is due December 1st. The APA Convention Student Travel Award is due April 15th. Please note recommendations are due by the award deadline. Recommender’s will automatically receive a recommendation form after you submit your application. Be sure to allow adequate time for your recommender to complete his/her recommendation.

What are the application requirements?

Interested students will need to submit an application that includes the following:

  1. Application Form. The form requests contact information for the applicant, the student’s professional goals, presentation(s) during the conference, how attending the conference will help enhance professional development towards the research and practice of ethnic minority psychology, and financial need.
  2. Letter of Reference. A letter of reference from the student’s advisor or faculty mentor is needed who can verify enrollment, provide a general reference about the nominee, and the nominee’s commitment and potential for advancing ethnic minority issues. The person completing the form will be sent and email automatically to complete the form after the application form has been submitted. Be sure to complete the application in plenty of time for your recommender to complete the form in time for the deadline.
  3. Current CV

How is my application evaluated?

Application materials will be evaluated by a committee (comprised of the student representative and other Division 45 Executive Committee members) based on merit of application letter and students overall potential to advancing the psychology of ethnic minority communities.

How will I be notified?

Applicants will be notified via email regarding status of their application.

What are the conditions of award recipients?

Accepting the travel award commits the students to attending the entire conference. The Award will be based on following commitment by each awardee:

  • Awardee will attend at least 3 presentations or events sponsored by Division 45
  • Awardee will write a synopsis (1 page) of the presentations/events; two submissions will be selected for publication in FOCUS, newsletter of Division 45
  • Awardee will attend the Division 45 student social and receive recognition at the event (only applies to the APA Convention)

You can access the applications here:

APA Convention Student Travel Award Application

General Student Travel Award Application

See the nominations page for more information about student awards.

Up to three travel awards will be available for up to $500.00 each to help offset the cost for PAO student members to travel to psychology conventions/conferences. If two or more students are presenting the same paper, they are only eligible for one $500.00 award. Applications will be rated by three judges (two faculty members and one student). Awards will be presented at the respective convention and awardees must attend the convention to receive their travel award.

There are two travel award deadlines:

  1. Deadline by midnight May 1st to be considered. Period covered by the travel award is July 30th through December 1st. Those receiving travel awards will be notified by May 15th.
  1. Deadline by midnight November 1st to be considered. Period covered by the travel award is January 1st through April 31st. Those receiving travel Awards will be notified by November 18th.

You must be a student member of PAO for at least 6 months prior to applying for a Travel Award.

See the nominations page for application forms.

Up to three research awards will be available for up to $500.00 each to help offset research related costs. Only one award can be given to any single research project. Applications will be rated by three judges (two faculty members and one student).

There are two research award deadlines:

  1. Deadline by midnight February 15th to be considered
  1. Deadline by midnight November 1st to be considered

You must be a student member of PAO for at least 6 months prior to applying for a Research Award.

See the nominations page for application forms.

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