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Texas Psychological Foundation

Student Research Awards and Grant

This year, Texas Psychological Foundation is offering two major categories of research awards and one graduate research grant.  Please review all of the categories below to identify the appropriate award for which to apply.

Submission deadline: September 30, 2018


Additionally, TPF requires a copy of completed papers and/or research proposals be made available to its board.

All proposals/manuscripts will be judged and scored in the following 5 areas:

1. Appropriateness of submission for the award category
2. Rationale for research
3. Methodology
4. Contribution to science
5. Budget (proposals only): Applicant must state how the funds will be used toward completion of the research project 


Category 1: STUDENT MERIT RESEARCH AWARD (for completed research)

Roy Scrivner Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Research Award - $1,000 
Provides an annual award for the best student paper on Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual research issues


Submissions must be made by undergraduate or graduate Texas psychology students, enrolled at some time during the 2017-2018 academic year, and may include students who are on currently on internship. The student submitting the manuscript must be the first author on the research manuscript. These are for completed research projects, not proposals.

Instructions for Submission

  • The research manuscript should be written in APA format and be no longer than 20 typed, double-spaced pages including tables, figures and references.
  • A letter from the student's faculty sponsor is also required and should address the degree to which the candidate had responsibility for the project objectives, design, data collection, data analysis and manuscript preparation; this letter should also include a brief statement identifying when the student was enrolled during the 2017-2018  academic year.
  • The submission must include a demographic sheet clearly indicating the name of the individual submitting the manuscript, her or his address, phone numbers, and e-mail address, and the university affiliation of the student and sponsoring faculty member.
  • TPF Awards application form (below) must accompany the submission.
  • Submissions must be received no later than September 30, 2018. The research paper, the demographic sheet and letter from the faculty sponsor along with the application must be uploaded and submitted on the form below.



The Student Research Proposal Awards are open to graduate psychology students throughout Texas and are intended to provide funding for faculty-supervised research projects. Full-time students who will be enrolled in a Texas college or university during the Academic Year 2017-2018 are eligible. The research should be completed and results submitted in manuscript form to the Texas Psychological Foundation within two years.

Graduate students interested in the awards below should provide a research proposal, including faculty sponsor, literature review, research design, and budget of no more than 10 pages. In addition, the submission must include a demographic sheet clearly indicating the name of the university affiliation of the graduate student and sponsoring faculty member. Submissions must be received no later than September 30, 2018.  Application form (below) must be submitted with the proposal, the demographic sheet and faculty sponsor's letter using the form below.

Graduate Proposal Award - $1,500
Designed to provide funding for a graduate student's research proposal related to the broad area of psychotherapy

Jennifer Ann Crecente Memorial Grant - $1,200

In memory of the first homicide victim in Austin in 2006 - an 18 year old young woman whose plan was to study psychology in Texas.

This grant will provide $1,200 support for a currently enrolled psychology graduate student in good standing who is conducting research addressing potential causes and/or prevention of violence against women (and be offered to a student in psychology whose research would contribute to understanding the causes and/or prevention of violence against women). The research should be in (partial) fulfillment of the requirements for the master thesis or doctoral dissertation as (having a proposal) approved by the student's research advisor (or committee) and department chairperson.  

Bo and Sally Family Psychology Research Award - $1000 

This grant will provide an award for research projects related to family psychology. 


The winner from each of the categories will be asked to attend the an awards presentation at the 2018 TPA Annual Convention in Frisco.  Award recipients will receive additional funds for coverage of convention registration and hotel expense for convention attendance.

Texas Psychological Association does not take responsibility for submissions that are not delivered appropriately, are incomplete or received after the deadline. All award recipients will be asked to present at the TPA convention. Additionally, TPF requires a copy of completed papers and/or research be made available to its board.  

Direct any questions to Dr. Heyward Green at .

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