Student Awards

The A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert Distinguished Student Service Award

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 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)
  • Black Lives Matter (2017)
    • Oona Appel
    • Anastasia Gorden
    • Keri Kirk
    • Luciano Lima
    • Jamey Rislin
    • Bryn Spielvogel
    • Celina Whitmore
    • Macy Wilson

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

All nomination materials must be submitted to APA Division 45 Awards Committee Chair, Evie Garcia (y.evie.garcia@nau.edu) by July 1, 2022 (11:59 p.m. PST).

Distinguished Student Research Award

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)
  • Marisa G. Franco (2017)

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

Nominations must be submitted to to APA Division 45 Awards Committee Chair, Evie Garcia (y.evie.garcia@nau.edu) by July 1, 2022 (11:59 p.m. PST).

APA Division 45 Student Travel Awards

Division 45 sponsors several travel awards to the annual American Psychology Association (APA) convention. Division 45 allocates $500 each to help assist with the cost of attendance.

Self-nominations are encouraged for those who meet the criteria. Please consider sharing information regarding the Student Travel Award with eligible students or peers.

What are the APA Division 45 Student Travel Awards?

Scholarships of $500 will be awarded to assist with registration and lodging. These scholarships are intended to increase Division 45 student member participation at the APA Convention.

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)
  • Amanda Blume (2017)
  • Arielle Brown (2017)
  • Nidia Ruedas-Garcis (2017)
  • Roberto Abreu (2017)
  • Thania Galvan (2017)
  • Pegah Eftekharzadeth (2018)
  • Cathryn Richmond (2018)
  • Ramy Bassioni (2018)
  • Rawan Atari (2018)
  • Scott Barrera (2018)

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 below. The APA Convention Student Travel Award is due July 1, 2022 (11:59 p.m. PST). Please note that recommendations are also due by the award deadline. Recommender’s will receive a recommendation form within one day after you submit your application. Be sure to allow adequate time for your recommender to complete their 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 who can verify enrollment, provide a general reference about the nominee, and the nominee’s commitment and potential for advancing ethnic minority issues is required. The person completing the form will be sent and email within one day 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 (Abbreviated 2 Page)

How is my application evaluated?

Application materials will be evaluated by a committee (comprised of the Division 45 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 Division 45 sponsored presentations or events.
  • Awardee will write a synopsis (1 page) of the presentations/events and why the Division 45 travel scholarship was beneficial. This synopsis will be features in the Division 45 FOCUS newsletter.
  • Awardee will attend the Division 45 student social and receive recognition at the event.

The 2022 Application process has concluded.

Division 45 Research Conference Travel Award

Division 45 sponsors several travel awards to attend the Division 45 Research Conference every other year. Division 45 allocates up to $500 each to help assist with the cost of attendance.

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

What are the APA Division 45 Travel Awards?

Scholarships up to $500 will be awarded to assist with registration and lodging fees. These scholarships are intended to increase Division 45 student member participation.

Division 45 Conference Travel Award Recipients:

  • Melissa Wheeler (2016)
  • Analia Abuja (2016)
  • Farzana Saleem (2016)
  • Johanna Collier (2016)
  • Sheena Mirpuri (2016)
  • Ayli Carrero Pinedo (2017)
  • Jacks Cheng (2017)
  • Jasmine Jenkins (2017)
  • Mona Elgohail (2017)
  • Venus Mahmoodi (2017)
  • Devante Cunningham (2018)
  • McKenzie Stokes (2018)
  • Spondita Goswami (2018)
  • Shadab Fatima Hussain (2018)
  • Misha Inniss-Thompson (2018)
  • Abdul Haseeb (2018)
  • Kamilah Legette (2018)
  • Lolita Moss (2018)
  • Christin Mujica (2018)
  • Johnathan Pedroza (2018)
  • Nino Rodriquez (2018)
  • Tiffany Rowell (2018)
  • Jazmin Ward (2018)
  • Tennisha Riley (2018)
  • Darrick Scott (2018)

Who is Eligible?

All undergraduate, graduate students, and a select few post-doctoral candidates 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 Division 45 Research Conference Student Travel Award application will be made available in 2023. 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 an 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 (Abbreviated 2 page)

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 if 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 presentation/events and why the Division 45 travel scholarship was beneficial. This synopsis will be featured in the Division 45 FOCUS newsletter.
  • Awardee will attend the Division 45 student social and receive recognition at the event.

The application for the 2023 Division 45 Research Conference will be available in early 2023.

National Multicultural Conference and Summit Travel Award

Division 45 sponsors several travel awards to attend the National Multicultural Conference and Summit every other year. Division 45 allocates up to $500 each to help assist with the cost of attendance.

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 up to $500 will be awarded to assist with registration and housing costs. These scholarships are intended to increase Division 45 student member participation.

NMCS Travel Award Recipients:

  • Ayli Carrero Pinedo (2017)
  • Jacks Cheng (2017)
  • Jasmine Jenkins (2017)
  • Mona Elgohail (2017)
  • Venus Mahmoodi (2017)

Who is Eligible?

All undergraduate, graduate students, and select few post-doctoral candidates 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 an Community Activities
  • Awards and Scholarships

How do I apply?

Students must complete and submit the application form located below. The NMCS Student Travel Award is due June 1st. 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 an 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 (Abbreviated 2 Page)

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 and why the Division 45 travel scholarship is beneficial. This synopsis will be featured in the Division 45 FOCUS newsletter.
  • Awardee will attend the Division 45 student social and receive recognition at the event.

You can access the applications here:

NMCS Conference Travel Award Application

The Barbara Smith & Jewell E. Horvat Graduate Student Award for Research on Queer Individuals of Color

What is the Barbara Smith & Jewell E. Horvat Graduate Student Award for Research on Queer Individuals of Color

This award is named after the American lesbian feminist and socialist, Barbara Smith, and made possible by a generous award from the Horvat family. This award carries a $500 monetary award and a plaque to be presented during the APA Annual Convention. Nominations must be submitted to the APA Division 45 Awards Committee Chair, Evie Garcia (y.evie.garcia@nau.eduby July 1, 2022 (11:59 p.m. PST).

Who is Eligible?

This award is intended for individuals who are 10 years or less post-doctorate at the time an application is submitted. It aims to recognize an individual who is a graduate student at the time of application for this award, and who have conducted research on psychological matters among individuals who identify as members of both, a sexual minority as well as a racial/ethnic minority group.

How to Apply?

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, and
  5. Provide contact information (postal mailing address and email address) for both the nominee and the nominator.

Joseph E. Trimble & Jewell E. Horvat Outstanding Student in Native/Indigenous Psychology

The Joseph E. Trimble and Jewell Horvat award was created to honor significant contributions to Native and Indigenous psychology and making psychology responsive and relevant to the needs of Native and Indigenous communities. Candidates for this award should demonstrate significant contributions to Native and Indigenous psychology.

Two awards will be given.

  • One award will be given to a promising graduate student who has demonstrated a commitment to achieving an admirable balance between community development and potential leadership in the field of psychology.
  • The other award will be given to a senior level contributor to the field of Native and Indigenous psychology who inspired their former students to create benefits for indigenous communities through their scholarship, practices, and leadership. Small stipends accompany the awards.

Recipients:

  • Melissa Wheeler (2017)
  • Amanda Young (2018)
  • Jillian Fish (2019)
  • Melissa Wheeler (2020)

Awards Nomination Process

The Division 45 Member Awards nomination process includes the following:

  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. Provide contact information (postal mailing address & email address) for both the nominee and the nominator

Awards Requirements

All nominees must be members of APA and Division 45. Nominees can join APA and the division before the nomination date.

Awards Submission

For all Awards, a single electronic PDF file consisting of all required supportive materials must be emailed to APA Division 45 Awards Committee Chair, Evie Garcia (y.evie.garcia@nau.eduby July 1, 2022  (11:59pm PST).