APA Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience Grants

APA offers grants to psychology departments to support undergraduate research assistantships during the summer.

Deadline:

Sponsor: APA Science Directorate

Description

The American Psychological Association is offering up to six grants to college and university departments to support undergraduate research assistantships in psychology laboratories during the summer of 2019. The purpose of the APA Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience (SUPRE) Grants is to provide talented undergraduates who have little or no prior laboratory experience with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how scientific research is conducted.

SUPRE Grants are designed to enable psychology (or related) departments to hire between four and six undergraduates to work as research assistants in faculty members’ labs for a period of eight weeks over the summer (within the window of May 1-Sept. 30, 2019). For each department that applies for a SUPRE Grant, it is required that at least three psychology faculty members provide research assistantship opportunities within their labs. 

APA will provide funds to pay each student at the institution’s 2019 rate of pay for undergraduate research assistants (but at least $12 per hour, plus required FICA taxes). Students must work for eight weeks at a full-time schedule as defined by the institution. Research assistants will take on the employment status of other undergraduate research assistants at the institution (e.g., temporary employees), and the institution’s employment and other policies will be applicable to them. APA will not provide funds for student housing, travel or living expenses.

APA will also make a small contribution to the hosting department that can be used for related expenses, such as mentoring activities for the research assistants, research supplies and administration. APA will not provide funds for indirect costs or overhead.

Participating faculty must be present in the labs throughout the eight-week period that the undergraduate research assistants are employed. The faculty should meet regularly with the research assistants to discuss the purpose, background and methodology of the research being conducted and to mentor the research assistants regarding their academic and career plans. Although the research assistants may work closely with graduate students and other staff, the primary source of guidance and mentoring should be faculty members.

Eligibility

Departments in academic institutions in the U.S. that offer a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply for a SUPRE Grant. (Institutions may also offer advanced degrees, though this is not required.) The departments should have psychological science as a major focus and include a body of faculty members who have been trained in psychological science and conduct research in psychological science.

In the interest of making SUPRE Grants available to a wide range of departments, those departments that have received SUPRE Grants (or the earlier SUROG Grant) in two of the last three years (2016-18) are not eligible to apply for the grants in 2019. Departments that have received one SUPRE (or SUROG) Grant previously are eligible to apply again.

Participating undergraduates need not be students at the institution; they can, for example, be students at other institutions in the vicinity. All students, however, must be enrolled at a U.S. institution (though they need not be U.S. citizens). The application should include a description of how students will be recruited and selected.

APA strongly encourages inclusion of students from groups that are underrepresented in science.

At the time they are selected, students should have had little to no prior experience working in a research lab. At the point they begin working as research assistants, students should have completed at least their freshman year and not yet have obtained a bachelor’s degree.

How to Apply

One faculty member should serve as the organizer for her or his department’s application. Additional faculty members whose labs will provide research assistantship opportunities in psychological science should also have their names included in the application. All participating faculty should be members of or affiliated with the department.

To apply for a SUPRE Grant, the faculty organizer should submit to APA the information described in the application instructions. In addition, the faculty organizer should ensure that the following materials are submitted to APA:

  • Current CVs of participating faculty. 
  • A letter of endorsement of the application signed by the department chair. 
  • A letter of endorsement from the institution’s office of sponsored research, describing the employment status the students will have at the institution, the hourly pay rate, and the institution’s FICA contribution and other taxes for each student.

The application can be found online. The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 15, 2019.

Note: Students should not apply to APA for research assistantships. It is the responsibility of the departments that receive grants to recruit students.

Review of Applications

Applications for the grant will be reviewed by staff of the APA Science Directorate. Criteria for evaluation will include the following:

  • Quality of research experience.
  • Quality of plan for mentoring students and encouraging their interactions with other researchers.
  • Quality of plan for recruiting and selecting students.

The number of grants made will depend upon APA’s available funds and the sizes of the grants that are approved. APA may reduce the number of funded research assistantships below that which an applicant proposes.

As noted above, the deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 2019. Applicants will be informed of decisions by mid-February, 2019. Questions may be sent to the APA Science Directorate by email or by telephone (202) 336-6000.

Past Recipients

2018

  • University of Alabama Birmingham
    Department of Psychology
  • Boston College
    Department of Psychology
  • University of Kentucky
    Department of Psychology
  • University of Pittsburgh
    Department of Psychology 
  • Santa Clara University
    Department of Psychology
  • Tufts University
    Department of Psychology
2017
  • University of Alabama Birmingham
    Department of Psychology
  • California State University San Marcos
    Department of Psychology
  • Franklin & Marshall College
    Department of Psychology
  • University of Pittsburgh
    Department of Psychology
  • Washington University in St. Louis
    Department of Psychology

2016

  • California State University San Marcos
    Department of Psychology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Department of Psychology
  • Davidson College
    Department of Psychology
  • Occidental College
    Department of Psychology
  • Tennessee State University
    Department of Psychology
  • Texas A&M University
    Department of Psychology
  • Washington University in St. Louis
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Wayne State University
    Department of Psychology