Tuesday, November 21, 2006

American Psychology-Law Society Award for Best Undergraduate Paper

The American Psychology-Law Society Award for Best Undergraduate Paper is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate research paper that is focused on the interdisciplinary study of psychology and law. Proposals will be judged based on independence, originality, contribution to field, soundness of design and analyses, and quality of writing.

To be eligible for an award, the student must be the major contributor to a project on a topic relevant to psychology and law (i.e., the student had primary responsibility for initiating and conducting the project even though the project will usually be conducted under the supervision of a mentor). At the time that the student submits a paper for this award, the student must be the first author on a submission to the annual American Psychology-Law Society conference on the same work.

To receive the award, the submission to the American Psychology-Law Society conference must have been accepted for presentation as either a paper or a poster. Data collection should be complete. Students may submit their work during their first post-undergraduate year as long as the work was conducted during their undergraduate career.

Note about the 2007 Award:

On the years that the American Psychology-Law Society conference is outside of North America (such as 2007), applicants may submit their work to be presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting which will be held in San Francisco on August 17-20,


Send one copy of each of the following:

  • Copy of poster or paper proposal submitted to the AP-LS conference (or APA).

  • A statement by the student describing their role in initiating, conducting, analyzing and writing the project (150 words or fewer).

  • APA style manuscript or thesis detailing the research to be considered for an award in less than 10 pages of text. Figures, tables and references can exceed the 10 pages although should be limited to what is absolutely necessary.

  • Letter of support from the student’s faculty supervisor; this letter must characterize the nature and extent of the student’s contribution to the project.

  • Submissions:

    Submissions must be received either via email (preferred in .pdf or .doc formats) or postal mail by the committee chair on or before December 10, 2006.

    Email Address: Veronica.Stinson@smu.ca

    Postal Address:

    Veronica Stinson,
    Chair of the AP-LS Undergraduate Paper Award Committee,
    Department of Psychology,
    Saint Mary’s University, Halifax,
    Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 3C3

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