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Distinguished Doctoral Student Practice Award

The Distinguished Doctoral Student Practice Award recognizes outstanding service delivery in sport and exercise psychology by a doctoral student who demonstrates exceptional quality and innovation in delivering sport and exercise psychology services to the public. The recipient receives a check for $500, a waived AASP Annual Conference registration fee in the year of the award, and a plaque presented at the conference.

Award Criteria

The recipient of the Distinguished Doctoral Student Practice Award must meet three criteria:

  1. Must be a Doctoral student at the time of the deadline for submissions, but does not have to be a Doctoral student at the time the award is presented.
  2. Must be an AASP member at the time of submission and at the time the award is presented.
  3. Must have at least 100 direct contact hours with clients. Direct contact is defined by the hours in which face-to-face services were provided to an individual athlete, coach, team, exerciser, or client. 

Submission Guidelines

An AASP member must nominate the candidate for this award and serve as the candidate's sponsor. Self-nominations are also accepted.

Submission materials should include:

  1. Two letters of support: a. One letter from the student's AASP supervisor/mentor. b. One letter from an AASP member who is involved in or knowledgeable about the student's service delivery (may be another student or professional). c. Additional letter(s) may be provided from recipients of services.
  2. A 3-4 page double-spaced description of the service delivery experience(s). Outline the following in your description (use these as subheadings):
    • Provide an approximate number of consulting hours obtained thus far (indicate: 1. total hours, 2. # of direct contact hours; Note: only include hours completed while a student)
    • A brief description of AASP involvement (e.g., number of conferences attended, posters/presentations as lead author, posters/presentations as supporting author, any contribution to SIGs or committees, etc.)
    • Consulting philosophy
    • Description of the nature of the service delivery experience(s) being used for consideration of award (e.g., how did the opportunity come about, what was your role, etc.)
    • Description of the intervention/services provided
    • Discussion of the outcomes of the intervention/services provided
    • Supporting references (peer-reviewed references that support your work and/or discussion of your work)
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Completed fillable pdf award application (note: all submission materials must be collated into ONE pdf file)

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

View the list of past Distinguished Doctoral Student Practice Award recipients