APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists

APS CoSEP Student Award

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1.1 The APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists Student Award

(a) The APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists (“the College”) student award is intended to acknowledge one student from each of the College-approved postgraduate programs† in Australia who have demonstrated the highest levels of a combination of applied skills and academic achievement over the duration of their postgraduate degree. 

(b) The APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists Student Award was established to recognise the significant role that Professor Tony Morris has played in the development of both the research and applied fields of sport and exercise psychology in Australia and overseas, and his significant ongoing contribution to the profession through positions within various national and international sport and exercise psychology professional associations. 

1.2 Administration of The APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists Student Award

(a) The Award is the responsibility of the College.

(b) The sport and exercise psychology program co-coordinators will determine the selection committee for each of the eligible Australian Universities nominating a student for the award. 

(c) The name of the successful nominee will be forwarded to the Chair of the College.

(d) Awards may be presented by the Chair of the College at a public forum.

(e) The prize may be awarded to one student per year from each eligible Australian University.

(f) If, in any one award application year, there is no suitable candidate nominated for the award from a particular university, there will be no award allocated to that university for the year of nomination. 

1.3 Eligibility

(a) Nominees must be a student of a College-approved postgraduate program in sport and exercise psychology.

(b) Only students who have completed their program requirements between 1 January and 31 December the previous year, as confirmed by the university’s program coordinator, are eligible for consideration in the year of the award. 

1.4 Nomination Process and Judging Criteria

(a) The Society, through the College, will call for nominations from the coordinators of College approved programs each year prior to January 30th.

(b) To be considered for the award, students must have met the following criteria:

(i) application of the scientist-practitioner model in coursework and placements 

(ii) completion of a research project reflecting current areas of interest and need in sport and exercise psychology

(iii) demonstration of high practice standards during placements

(c) Of the students who meet the above criteria, the student in each program with the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) for the masters program will be nominated for the award. 

1.5 Value of the Award

The successful nominee from each university will receive a certificate of acknowledgment of their achievement, presented by the Chair of the College at the College’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). As part of this prize, the College will cover the full registration costs and 50% of domestic economy airfares to allow recipients to attend the conference or event at which the College’s AGM is held in the year that the award is granted. Recipients of the award will present their research or an application of the Scientist- Practitioner model at this conference.

† This point will be revisited if there becomes more than three College-approved post-graduate programs in Australia.