Anne Anastasi Research Paper and Conference Travel Scholarship Competition
Through this scholarship competition, we are pleased to commemorate Anne Anastasi’s enduring and lasting contribution to psychology and psychometric theory and procedures.
Please read over the requirements and note the required agreement form that must be submitted with your application. When ready with your research paper and the agreement form, click on the gold button at the bottom to apply and upload your files.
All active Psi Beta student members are eligible. Papers with more than one author will be accepted, but the primary author must be an active Psi Beta student member. Members already in possession of a Baccalaureate degree are not eligible.
Certificates are awarded to the primary authors of three outstanding original psychological research papers written in APA style. The top two winners are eligible for the Anne Anastasi APA Travel Scholarship and will present their research at the annual APA conference. The third place winner will receive $300. If the first or second place winner cannot attend the conference, they will be awarded $300 and the third place winner will be invited to attend the APA conference on scholarship in their place. Please see details regarding the Anne Anastasi APA Travel Scholarship. Each winner will receive an award certificate. The primary author only will receive the award. Co-authors, who are Psi Beta members, will receive certificates of recognition. Winners will be announced at the APA national convention, on www.psibeta.org, and in the fall newsletter.
An original research paper in which data are collected (papers featuring literature reviews but without data collection will not be accepted for judging), and which use any of the following research methods: Case study, naturalistic observation, survey, correlational design, or an experiment. References will be checked carefully for accuracy and format.
- The research topic must be psychological in nature.
- The research must be empirical research (involves gathering and analysis of data).
- The study must comply with the APA Code of Ethics.
- Writing style must conform to the manuscript instructions in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition, 2020). Only papers written in APA style will be considered.
- The paper must include at least 5 current, primary references. See the APA manual for proper reference format for primary and secondary sources.
- The paper must be between 5 and 15 pages of narrative. Figures, tables, reference page, and abstract do not count toward the 15 page maximum. Submissions exceeding 15 pages of narrative (not counting space taken for the title page, tables, figures, and the references will not be accepted).
- Must use 10 ro 12 point font and 1 and 1/2 spacing throughout all narrative.
- A digital copy must be sent to the national office to prepare it for judging (author(s) and college identification will be removed for the purposes of judging.
- A cover sheet must be signed by the student(s) and faculty advisor. The primary author must submit a statement that demonstrates that all members of the research team involved with the paper were informed of and gave the approval to (1) submit the paper in the primary author’s name to the competition, (2) be listed as a co-author or co-researcher and (3) plan, if any, for distributing any prize money that the paper may win and that all authors have completed no more than 75 transferable college semester (or 112 quarter) credits by the end of the spring term of the paper’s submission. The statement must be signed by all members of the research team and the advisor. Submit the signed cover sheet (along with the paper) using the electronic submission form (see the “Apply Now” link below to submit the cover sheet and paper). Please do not email materials to anyone at Psi Beta – you must submit using the Apply Now link below. [NOTE: Due to the stay-at-home restrictions, it may be difficult to have your research advisor and any co-authors sign the form. If so, just enter the advisor’s name and any co-authors’ names on the form and be sure to include their email addresses somewhere on the form so we can verify that the advisor has approved your application and that any co-authors are aware of your application.]
- See required form that must accompany each submission:
- Each paper should include a title page and abstract.
Must be received by May 15 (11:55 PM EDT) or sooner. Submissions received after May 15 will not be considered. The online form can be found below. Applicants will be required to complete the online application form in order to provide contact information, then upload 2 PDF files. One file will be a PDF version of the applicant’s research paper. The other file will be a completed advisor / student agreement form. [NOTE: Due to the stay-at-home restrictions, it may be difficult to have your research advisor and any co-authors sign the form. If so, just enter the advisor’s name and any co-authors’ names on the form and be sure to include their email addresses somewhere on the form so we can verify that the advisor has approved your application and that any co-authors are aware of your application.]
Judging of Entries
Judging will be completed blind by judges appointed by the Psi Beta Research Paper Committee. Both content and writing skill will be evaluated as well as compliance with all requirements listed above. Finalists’ references will be carefully checked. Judges will not review papers that obviously fail to conform to APA style.
For APA format pointers and/or links see APA style rules and guidelines.