Student Research Award 2021

Dear Members,

Psychologists in Long Term Care (PLTC) is enthusiastically inviting applications for the annual Student Research Award 2021. We will be offering two awards, one for an original research paper and one for a research poster, each with a prize of $375. Details for submission are outlined below.

Submissions must be relevant to long-term care. Past winners have addressed topics such as competencies in mental healthcare for LGBTQ older adults, psychological needs of nursing home staff, older adults’ sense of community in assisted living facilities, and nurses’ approaches to managing resident behaviors in nursing homes.

Graduate students and postdoctoral students are invited to apply for the awards. Applicants must be members of PLTC at the time of submission. Please note that membership for first-year students is free.

Applications for the award this year should be submitted by June 1, 2021 to allow time for review and announcements. Submissions should be submitted via email to Evan Plys, PhD, Co-Chair of the Research Committee at

Additional information can be found HERE.

General Details  

The award amount is $375 for the paper and $375 for the poster winner.  Applicants are welcome to apply in both categories, however, can only win in one of the categories.  Winners will receive the cash award along with a commemorative piece. The award will be announced prior to the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (August 12-15 2021 in San Diego, CA). Winners are invited to attend the PLTC meeting held during APA where they will receive the award. You do not need to be present at APA to accept the award. We will also provide recognition for the University and the research/faculty mentor. 

Paper and poster submissions can include original research, literature reviews, QI/program evaluation studies, intervention studies, and formal needs assessments. Be sure to include a CV with your submission.

Manuscripts or posters recognized by other organizations’ award programs will not be considered for the award. 

Paper Submissions 

Manuscripts should be 8-12 pages, exclusive of tables, figures, references, and abstract and title pages. Paper submissions should include a title page with all authors and affiliations and an abstract of no more than 250 words. Manuscripts that are being presented at GSA,APA, or other academic conferences will be accepted.

 Poster Session Submissions

Please submit a color PDF of the poster that is suitable for reading and includes all relevant sections of your completed work. These sections are: title, all authors and affiliations, abstract, background, methods, results, discussion and conclusions, appropriate figures and tables, and references.

A checklist to use in submitting your material is here:

We look forward to receiving and reviewing applications. 


PLTC Research Committee

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