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APA Society Convention Research Awards

APA Society Convention Research Awards


By recognizing and awarding the most outstanding undergraduate and graduate empirical research poster presentations at the annual APA convention, the APA Convention Society Research Awards promotes the first authors' careers in psychology by conferring official recognition from Psi Chi and a cash prize.


Annually, two undergraduate students are awarded $400 each, and two graduate students are awarded $500 each.

What is APA?

The American Psychological Association is the largest professional organization for psychologists. Psi Chi was the first student organization affiliated with the APA.


Applications are due to the application portal April 15.

The application portal will open approximately 30 days before the deadline.

During the time the application portal is closed, the program details of the previous round may be viewed by clicking the Preview/Apply button below.


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Kathryn Curtis

Southern Methodist University

Kathryn Curtis is a recent graduate of Southern Methodist University, earning a BA in Psychology with Distinction, and a BS in Biological Sciences and Health & Society with a minor in Neuroscience. Over the last three years, she has conducted student-led research projects under the guidance of mentor, Dr. Priscilla Lui, and assisted on multiple research projects in Dr. Lui's Acculturation, Diversity and Psychopathology Lab. She has been awarded funding for her research and prior conference presentations through university fellowship and scholars programs. Additionally, she was chosen by the SMU Psychology Department as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Senior Award. Kathryn has plans to attend Medical School in the Fall of 2020 and continue to pursue research in her future career.


Albert Ly

Loma Linda University

Albert Ly is a third-year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Loma Linda University. His research examines the role of cultural and psychological factors as determinants of Type 2 diabetes management and outcomes (e.g. HbA1c) that contribute to health disparities among culturally diverse individuals from underserved communities.


Samantha Sherwood

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Samantha is a fourth-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She works under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Freeman in the Diagnosis of Irritability, Mood and Emotions Lab. Her research focuses on the impact of pediatric sleep disorders on mood and behavior.


Helena Swanson

DePaul University

Helena is a 1st year Community Psychology PhD student at DePaul University in Chicago. She conducted her research on "Perceived Control and Academic Performance: The Mediating Effect of Good Nutrition" during her undergraduate with Dr. Joanne DiPlacido at Central Connecticut State University. Helena's research interests are nutrition, homelessness, and aging. Her motto is, "There is no room for growth in your comfort zone".

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