Call For Student Papers

The Executive Board of Div. 32 has committed itself to continuing the tradition of a Student Award Symposium as part of our main convention program at each year's convention

Call For Student Papers for the Sidney M. Jourard Award Symposium

For Presentation at the 118th Annual Convention of the APA, Washington, D.C. August 4-8, 2011

We want to continue to provide a rich opportunity for students of Humanistic Psychology to contribute to and become involved in the community of Division 32.  Students are welcome to submit papers from undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels of work. We try to make a place for papers of high quality at any level, so undergraduates should not feel hesitant to apply. We do not accept co-authored submissions:  all paper must represent the student’s own individual work. (Recognition of faculty mentoring for Jourard submissions can be acknowledged in a footnote. In all cases where a faculty advisor’s name appears as co-author, the paper should instead be submitted for general program consideration.) 

Students whose papers are selected for this award symposium will be given a free membership in the Society of Humanistic Psychology for one year, including subscription to our journal The Humanistic Psychologist.

Please submit a 1000-word summary for consideration to our program committee, utilizing the electronic submission format available online via the individual presentation proposal link.

Please note that only “paper sessions” can be considered for Jourard submissions. At the beginning of your abstract you should identify it as a “Jourard Student Award Submission” so it will be recognized as such immediately by the Program Committee. There is no need to contact anyone once your submission has been sent in electronically.

All submissions for the Jourard Award will also be considered for the Division 32 poster session, whether or not they become Jourard finalists.

Please note that the Jourard is aimed to honor work that is near completion, rather than work that is at the proposal stage. Work already completed is perfectly appropriate to submit for consideration, as long as the research has not been previously published or presented at another national or regional conference, and as long as you are still a student in the year of the 2011 convention.  In the case of research-based papers that are in the developmental stage and that will be completed during the spring semester of 2011, it is more appropriate to submit these as posters (a letter of endorsement from your research mentor should be sent to the program chair for work that is in progress).

The absolute deadline for submission is the same as for all submissions to APA, December 1, 2010.  A committee will review and select the finalists from all of those papers submitted by that date.  All students will be notified of the outcome of the review process by early February of 2011.  In your electronic submission you should indicate the college, university, or graduate institute where the work was completed as your institutional affiliation, along with your highest level of awarded degree (e.g., do not list any degree for which you are a candidate).  You may not submit the same (or similar) paper to another division. Your title must be limited to 10 words. The actual presentations will be approximately 11-15 minutes in duration (depending on number of finalists). 

Please note: The submission of a paper is considered to be a professional commitment by the author to attend the conference and to present the paper if the paper is chosen for the award. Please do not submit papers for consideration either for the Jourard or for general programming in any Division unless you are 100% committed to attending the convention and presenting your work.

Also please be aware that any member of APAGS (American Psychological Association of Graduate Students) who is presenting as first author within any symposium or paper/poster session at APA will have his/her advance registration fee waived.  (You must contact the Convention Office by June 2010 to ensure your registration will be processed with fee waived if you do not hear from them sooner.)

Please feel free to contact the Jourard Chair for further clarification as needed: Dr. Scott D. Churchill