To foster international research experiences for student members of NASPSPA.
Eligibility and deadlines
Students must be current members of NASPSPA to be eligible to apply for an award, and must also be currently enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral program at the time of application. The type of international travel is for presenting a paper at a conference outside of North America. There will be three competitions a year (September 30, January 31 and May 31). Students may receive the award only once.
Nature of the Award
The travel could be conducted up to one year after having received notification of the award. Up to $700 will be provided once the Secretary-Treasurer of NASPSPA has received receipts associated with the travel. Reimbursement will be provided by the secretary/treasurer within 14 days of receipt.The recipients of the award should write a paragraph for the NASPSPA newsletter describing their experiences. The award will not necessarily be presented at each competition. In the event that an award is not given during a particular competition, the unclaimed award(s) will be carried forward and be available in the following competition within that year. A maximum of three (3) awards will be awarded during any single calendar year. Finally, the student is required to recognize the award and NASPSPA at the presentation of the research at the international conference. Wording for the acknowledgment shall be: “Travel to this conference was supported by a grant for international travel provided by the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA). For more information, refer to the NASPSPA website: www.naspspa.com ” Only the approved NASPSPA logo may be used on any presentation at the international conference.
Method of Selection
- The Graduate Student Awards Committee will consist of one representative from each area (motor development, motor control/learning, sport and exercise psychology) who will serve for three (3) calendar years. This committee will evaluate applications and determine who will receive the award. The President will recruit individuals to serve on this Committee, avoiding conflicts of interest. The President will notify the Executive Director of the winners of the award.
- The applicant should submit the following materials to the Executive Director:
- A short abstract (as described for the proposed international conference).
- A long abstract (no longer than 5 pages, double-spaced, 12-pt. font, including figures, excluding title page and references) needs to be emailed as a single PDF file to the Executive Director. This abstract should include: the research question, a rationale for the importance of the question, methods, results or predicted results (including selected figures if appropriate), and a discussion of the findings and their significance.
- A short letter (no longer than one page, single-spaced) addressing all of the evaluation criteria listed above. The location and society hosting the meeting must be indicated in the letter.
- The graduate student’s advisor should submit a letter of nomination for the award to the Executive Director indicating why this student’s research is worthy of the Graduate Student Award for International Conference Travel. This letter should address the criteria being used by the committee to evaluate the research (see earlier). The letter should also include a statement indicating that the majority of the work conducted for this research was completed by the student.
Criteria for evaluating the research and applicant
- The research question should be original, innovative, and important.
- The researcher observed appropriate standards for the treatment of participants. That is, a statement certifying that ethical treatment of participants was followed in conducting this research should be included. (Note: These criteria are modified from guidelines found in the latest edition of the APA Publication Manual)
- The student must be the primary investigator and author of the research project, and be the presenter at the conference.
- The student demonstrates the potential benefits of the conference travel to their education and future/current collaboration prospects.
- The student must submit proof of current membership status at the time of application.
Information about awards will appear in the NASPSPA Newsletter.