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Current Student Initiatives

Best Practices in Research (BPR)

Best Practices for Research (BPR) is a resource to help guide future research in sport psychology. BPR provides AASP student members with effective strategies for conducting and understanding best research practices. BPR informs readers of common obstacles and pitfalls that sports researchers face, offers general guidelines for overcoming and preventing them, and details the steps needed for a successful research project. BPR is created and updated by AASP student members.

**Note: BPR encourages your ideas, suggestions, and contributions.

To learn more about or become involved with BPR, please contact Travis Scheadler at or Jordan Goffena at

Best Practices in Consulting (BPC)

The mission of the BPC initiative is to develop awareness of the best practices in applied sport psychology consulting to help students and professionals deepen their own professional development as consultants. Through interviews with professionals and additional research, student members of this initiative work together to synthesize their findings towards the creation and distribution of educational materials.

To learn more about or become involved with BPC, please contact Eric Biener at

Mentorship Match Program (MMP)

The primary purpose of the Mentorship Match Program (MMP) is to facilitate the development of effective mentoring opportunities for AASP student members. Joining forces with the Proactive Peer Undergraduate Mentorship Program (PPUMP), the revised MMP will extend across the spectrum of student development from undergraduate to graduate level. Mentees and mentors are matched based on factors that may include professional interests, work/supervision style, preferred mode of communication, and geographic location. Mentees and mentors work together to identify individual goals and action plans. They are invited and encouraged to share their experiences, as well as ideas for improving MMP, at the annual conference. MMP participation is open to current AASP student members only.

Applications are now being considered! Please send in your information to

To learn more about or become involved with MMP, please contact Matt Powless at and Andy Walsh at

Performance Excellence Movement (PEM)

The Performance Excellence Movement (PEM) is a visually engaging, online magazine designed to increase public awareness of the application of sport and exercise psychology skills. PEM informs readers with insight into opportunities to apply performance psychology techniques within sport and non-sport domains. Previous editions have focused on business coaching, medicine, the military, music, and elite athletes. PEM is written and edited by AASP student members.

To learn more about or become involved with the PEM, please contact Carra Johnson at or Jacob Chamberlin at

Website & Social Media (WSM)

The purpose of the Website & Social Media (WSM) initiative is to increase global awareness of student-run initiatives and student contributions to AASP through online social media outlets. Members will work towards making the student section of the website useful, informative, and helpful to all current and potential AASP student members. A major function will be to work with the Web Presence Committee (WPC) to update and maintain the student section of the AASP website. This includes working with other student-run initiatives to ensure that all information on the website is accurate and easily accessible.

To learn more about or become involved with WSM, please contact Jacey Keeney at

Undergraduate Connections (UGC)

The Undergraduate Connections Initiative is dedicated to providing information and opportunities for undergraduate students interested in the field of sport, exercise, and performance psychology. In particular, the initiative provides additional programming and support for undergraduates during the AASP Annual Conference.

To learn more about or become involved with UGC, please contact Zac McCarver at

Student Conference Volunteers (SCV)

The purpose of the Student Conference Volunteers (SCV) are to assist with audio/visual production for conference presentations, collect attendance data, and serve as the liaison between the conference presenter and AASP management group during the annual conference. The SCVs also help support the AASP Conference Twitter Team and encourage social media participation and engagement during the Annual Conference. The Student Conference Volunteer opportunity to only available to AASP student members. For more details on membership and how to join AASP, please visit the page on Membership Benefits

To learn more about or become involved with SCV, contact Mike Clark at

Graduate Information Fair (GIF)

The Graduate Information Fair (GIF) provides a student-friendly environment for AASP members to learn more about various sport psychology graduate programs and internship sites. Hosted during the annual conference, GIF provides prospective students the opportunity to directly interact with current students and faculty members of graduate programs and internships sites from around the globe who elect to participate in the fair. This is a great opportunity for current students to find applied training opportunities and to network with faculty and supervisors from those sites.

 To learn more about or become involved with GIF, please contact Jordan Goffena at

Student Challenge Initiative (SCI)

Student Challenge Initiative (SCI) is an exciting game-show themed contest for student participation at the annual conference. Started in 2013, the event challenges students' knowledge on information presented during that year's conference keynote presentations. Winners receive cash and/or other prizes.

To learn more about or become involved with the SCI, please contact Raegan Geldart at or Jasmine Haas at

Social Justice Initiative (SJI)

To learn more about or become involved with the SJI, please contact Julie Cawthra at or Edria Mitchem at

Young Writer's Corner (YWC)

To learn more about or become involved with the YWC, please contact Carra Johnson at or Jacob Chamberlin at