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Dissertation Award

The Dissertation Award recognizes the completion of an outstanding dissertation by an AASP doctoral student member (dissertation must have been completed between January 1 and December 31, 2023). The recipient receives a check for $500, a waived AASP Annual Conference registration fee in the year of the award, and a plaque provided during the conference.

AASP invites student members to submit applications for the outstanding doctoral dissertation award. Applicants for the AASP Dissertation Award must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed a dissertation on a topic related to sport, exercise, and/or health psychology between January 1 and December 31 of the application year
  • Membership in AASP the application year and year preceding application

Submission Guidelines

  1. Submit one copy of the entire dissertation.
  2. Provide one original and one blind (no reference to author or affiliation) copy of a long abstract (recommended length is 2.5 to 3 pages, single-spaced to provide a comprehensive explanation of the dissertation). The abstract should include title, study purpose, method, results, and discussion.
  3. Include a letter of support (two pages maximum) from the chairperson/co-chair of the dissertation committee (or the student's supervisor/advisor or approved research officer).
  4. Include a copy of the signed and dated final submission document (used by universities to indicate the receipt and approval of the final, completed doctoral dissertation).

*Deadline for this award: March 1 of each year.

Please note. The deadline is based on completion of dissertation. Students on licensure-based programs who are working on their doctoral internships may need to apply prior to the completion of their doctoral internships if their dissertation was completed between January 1 to December 31, 2023.

View the list of past Dissertation Award recipients