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American Psychology-Law Society Conference Student Presentation Awards Hosted by the American Psychology-Law Society Student Committee
The American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Student Committee is pleased to invite submissions to the 2017 AP-LS Conference Student Presentation Awards. The American Psychology-Law Society is Division 41 of the American Psychological Association and includes scholars, researchers, and practitioners of various disciplines who work at the intersection of psychology and law. The AP-LS Student Committee provides an array of resources and experiences for students interested in psychology and law.
Award structure The AP-LS Student Committee will be awarding nine (9) student presentation awards at the 2017 AP-LS Conference, totaling $1,450. These awards are for student papers or posters accepted for presentation at the conference and include:
Three (3) Outstanding Student Paper awards ($200 each);
Three (3) Outstanding Student Poster awards ($100 each); and
Three specialty awards, including:
One (1) Outstanding Student Presentation in Legal Research (paper or poster; $200), for research directly related to the law or legal practice;
One (1) Outstanding Student Presentation in Novel-Topic Research (paper or poster; $200), for research on a topic not traditionally studied in law and psychology; and
One (1) Outstanding Student Presentation in Corrections Research (paper or poster; $150), for research directly related to correctional settings.
Eligibility Individuals must be current Student Affiliates of the American Psychology-Law Society at the time of submission and award. This includes both undergraduate and graduate student affiliates. Additionally, all awarded students must attend the 2017 AP-LS Annual Conference and must be presenting a paper or poster accepted for the conference. In the event that the presenter of a chosen submission is unable to attend the conference, the award will be given to the presentation with the next highest score.
Application A complete application includes (1) a completed survey, and (2) an electronic version of the presentation to be reviewed. The survey can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/Spu7kfs4huelDrj13. An electronic version (PPT, PDF, or similar) of your presentation should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with your last name and type of presentation as the subject line (e.g., “Smith_paper” and “Jones_poster”). If you are submitting a paper presentation, you should also send a video file of your presentation. This may be the full video file, or a link to the video file (e.g., Dropbox, Vimeo, or YouTube).* This video should be a recording of you presenting the talk you will give at AP-LS, with length of the recording matching the length of time you will have to speak at the conference. Narrated recordings of slides will be accepted, but recordings of the presenter next to the slides are encouraged because presentation style will be included in scoring. Paper submissions received without the video will not be eligible for the award.The final deadline for submissions is Sunday March 5, by 11:59pm EST. This deadline was set with the goal of announcing winners before the conference, and thus late or incomplete submissions will not be considered for award.
Evaluation This year, reviews will be based solely on the submitted materials. All submissions will be reviewed by three (3) AP-LS Student Committee Officers. The submitted materials will be reviewed on the following criteria: (1) soundness of theory; (2) accuracy of presentation; (3) innovation; (4) level of interest; and (5) aesthetic appeal. Reviews will be based on a four-point rating scale of 0 (Poor), 1 (Fair), 2 (Good), and 3 (Excellent) on each criterion, with a resulting score between 0 and 15 points.
Paper submissions will be evaluated based on the above criteria in addition to review of the video submission. Video submissions will be evaluated on (1) professional appearance, (2) quality of presentation materials, and (3) level of engagement using the same four-point scale discussed above with a resulting score between 0 and 24 points for paper presentation submissions. Evaluator scores will be averaged and used to determine the Student Presentation Award winners.
Award Award decisions will be announced prior to the 2017 AP-LS Annual Conference by the AP-LS Student Committee. Awarded students will be contacted by the AP-LS Student Committee directly, and distribution of award funds will be discussed with the awarded student at that time. Award announcements will be distributed on the Committee’s webpage and Facebook page. The awarded presentations may also be displayed on the Committee’s webpage for demonstration purposes, with the permission of the authors.
*Note: The Student Committee understands that some students might have varying level of access to video equipment and facilities. However, applicants should keep in mind that presentation and professionalism is a component of the award and thus individuals who take the time and effort to demonstrate their full presentation including body language and professional attire will likely receive higher scores. Please use this as an opportunity to perfect your presentation as well as to receive some funding and recognition.