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ACA RESEARCH AWARD


The ACA Research Award honors and recognizes high-quality, original research conducted by an ACA member (or an ACA member and other colleagues working in collaboration) in areas of interest to the counseling profession and the divisions or organizational affiliates of ACA.


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Background and Purpose

For the purpose of this award, research involves systematic inquiry or investigation using quantitative or qualitative techniques that result in usable findings and recommendations for the field.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 15, 2021, 11:59 PM EST

AWARD NOTIFICATION

Winners chosen and announced the week of March 15, 2021

JUDGES 

ACA Awards Committee

PRIZE 

Complimentary registration for the 2021 ACA Virtual Conference Experience, and recognition during the virtual event. Winner will receive further information at the time of award notification. 

Sponsor: The American Counseling Association Foundation

Eligibility, Rules and Criteria

The research must:

  • Be published between Sept. 1, 2019, and Aug. 31, 2020, in a research journal specializing in counseling, psychology, measurement or education.
  • Involve systematic inquiry or investigation using quantitative or qualitative techniques that result in usable findings and recommendations for the field. Restrict nominations to projects that are original research.
  • Be concerned with problems of interest and significance to the counseling profession, with findings that are applicable beyond the immediate setting.
  • Be in an area of interest to one or more ACA division or organizational affiliate.
  • Use research procedures that are of the highest quality, including a clear definition of population, selection of appropriate sampling techniques and controls, use of appropriate research design, adequate and correct quantitative or qualitative analysis of data and use of valid, reliable instruments.
  • Show careful interpretation of results and conclusions that do not go beyond the data.
  • Be scholarly in organization and presentation.
  • Nominations must come from an ACA member.
  • The awardee must be an ACA member.
  • An individual can only be nominated for one award per year.

Nomination Guidelines

In your nomination submission, briefly:

  • Clearly state the purpose of the study, which must be an original, systematic inquiry to discover facts or principles.
  • Briefly describe how the findings of the research are important for the counseling profession and identify one or more ACA divisions or affiliates to which this research is relevant.
  • Include one copy of the research article, including the publication date.

Nomination Checklist:

  • Nominee biography
  • Nomination letter
  • Supporting materials
  • Maximum of two supporting letters
  • Research overview (including one copy of the research article)

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