The Rural and Remote Psychology Interest Group Fourth Year Student Prize aims to raise awareness of the field of rural and remote psychology and to encourage students to carry out research in this field. The Award is for the best empirical research project on the topic of rural and remote psychology, submitted as part of an APAC accredited fourth year program in psychology.

The Prize also seeks to encourage membership of the Society by students interested in rural and remote psychology.

Administration

  1. The Rural and Remote Psychology Interest Group is responsible for administering the Award and for funding of the Award
  2. The recipient will be notified by a letter from the Rural and Remote Psychology Interest Group and announced the June edition of InPsych the following year
  3. The Award will be presented at either the Annual General Meeting of the Rural and Remote Psychology Interest Group or the Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society
  4. The Convener of the Rural and Remote Psychology Interest Group will appoint a selection committee of at least two members of the Interest Group, in addition to the Convener, to be responsible for recommending an appropriate Award recipient to the Board of the Australian Psychological Society
  5. Supervisors of projects entered for the Award will not be eligible to serve as members of the selection committee

Eligibility

  1. Students need not be a member of the Society
  2. Nominees must have completed the research as part of an accredited four year undergraduate psychology program (final year research project) in psychology
  3. The research project must have been completed no longer than 12 months before  being nominated for the Prize
  4. The nominated research must be considered to be in the field of rural and remote psychology

Nomination process

  1. A call for nominations for the Award will be made annually in the June edition of InPsych
  2. Nominations should begin with a cover page showing the research project title, the name of the student, the name of the institution and a statement signed by the supervisor certifying that the work has been carried out by the student as part of an APAC accredited fourth year program
  3. Nominations should not exceed 2000 words and should include a literature review, the research questions and hypotheses that were examined, method, results, discussion and references
  4. An electronic copy of the nomination should be submitted to the APS Member Groups Administrator, received on behalf of the Convener of the Psychology and Ageing Interest Group

Selection criteria

  1. The nominations will be assessed on:
    • Scientific merit
    • Contribution to theory and/or practice in the field of rural and remote psychology
    • Academic standard of work

Value of the award

The successful candidate will:

  1. receive an award of $500; and
  2. be presented with a certificate.

Closing date

Standard Nominations close on 4 December.

Inaguraral Award closing date is 29 Februrary 2016.

Contact: Member Group Administrator
Tel: 03 8662 3300
Email: ig@psychology.org.au