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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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Matthew Thompson

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

As a first-generation graduate student, I am thrilled to be selected for this award. I have been involved with Psi Chi since I was an undergraduate student at Clark University, and it is an honor to be recognized by such an esteemed organization in the field. This award will certainly help to advance my career as a researcher and psychologist.


Meghan Byrne

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Meghan Byrne is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Medical and Clinical Psychology at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). She works under the mentorship of Dr. Marian Tanofsky-Kraff in the Developmental Research Laboratory on Eating and Weight Behaviors at USU, and under the mentorship of Dr. Jack Yanovski in the Section on Growth and Obesity at the National Institutes of Health. Meghan's research interests involve the neurocognitive underpinnings of eating behavior and anxiety among youth.


Fay Steiger

Pepperdine University

This award affirms my decision to pursue this track. Knowing I can accurately and skillfully display a real, fascinating finding, as an undergraduate first-author no less, completely solidifies for me that I have made the right choice, and I can do what I love and make a difference simultaneously.

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