Science Directorate Supports Information Exchange Between Academics and Practitioners

In an effort to encourage communication between academic and practicing psychologists at the state level, the Science Directorate recently awarded small grants to 16 state psychological associations.

The states proposed many interesting activities, indicating a high level of creativity and interest in working with academic psychologists. Among the grants were the following:

The Arizona State Psychological Association will include in its quarterly newsletter a special insert featuring research activities of faculty in the major academic departments of psychology in the state. Association officers expect that practicing psychologists and academic/research psychologists will use these features as a means to communicate and collaborate.

The Kentucky State Psychological Association will enhance its existing 'Psych Bowl' competition as part of a science day at the Association's annual meeting. This successful program draws students and professors from the state's departments for team competitions and has been a long-standing highlight of the meeting.

The Minnesota State Psychological Association supported a science day program at its annual meeting. The program featured many faculty from the University of Minnesota.

The North Dakota State Psychological Association sponsored a science day at its annual meeting. The award made it possible to waive the registration fee for all students, provide small grants for students having to travel to attend the meeting, and recruit a distinguished psychological scientist to address the members.

The Utah State Psychological Association plans to make dissertation awards to deserving doctoral students who attend school in the state.

The West Virginia State Psychological Association sponsored an undergraduate research poster session at its annual meeting. The 18 students who participated received research and/or travel stipends, as well as free student affiliation in the Association and publication of their poster abstract in the Association's journal.

The Science Directorate plans to sponsor another competition for the state psychological associations in 1997.

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