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Best Practices in Research, Student Award


The Best Practices in Research, Student Award recognizes a best practices research project conducted by a graduate student.



Background and Purpose

Research projects completed within the last two years that further the evidence base for counseling practice will be considered for this award. Eligible projects may include original research or a synthesis of the research literature supporting a particular practice or approach. 

A total of five Best Practices in Research Awards, inclusive of all categories (Counseling Practitioner, Faculty, Student), may be awarded.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

January 21, 2022 | 11:59pm ET

AWARD NOTIFICATION 

Winners will be notified the week of February 21, 2022

JUDGES

ACA Research and Knowledge Committee & ACA Awards Committee 

Prize

Complimentary registration for either the 2022 ACA Virtual Conference Experience (details on this event are TBD and will be shared as soon as they are available), or the in-person event taking place in Atlanta, GA (April 2022), and recognition during both the in-person and virtual events.  Winner will receive further information at the time of award notification.

Sponsor: The American Counseling Association Foundation

Eligibility, Rules and Criteria

Any ACA member who is a graduate student matriculating in a counseling or counselor education program is eligible for this award. Postdoctoral students are also eligible for the award.

  • 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

The total submission package for this award may exceed 16 pages in length. All nomination materials must be combined into one document (all formats accepted), with the nomination letter first.

Nomination letter: In the letter, identify the nominee and the specific award. Explain why you believe the nominee should receive the award by responding to the specific criteria outlined in the nomination guidelines. Keep in mind that the awards reviewers are relying on the information you provide to choose the most deserving recipient for the award. Please address each nomination guideline and make sure your nominee meets the award criteria and requirements. Brevity, clarity and specificity are most important here.

All applications must include:

  • A description of the project using a standard Abstract form: Background, Research Question, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Specific word-count limits differ across awards. Master’s degree candidate project descriptions should be 300 words or less. Doctoral degree candidate project descriptions should be 500 words or less. 
  • A 300-word justification of why this research should be given a Best Practices in Research Award.
  • Recommendation letters from individuals with knowledge about the contribution of the research (no more than two pages). Master’s degree students should also submit one letter of recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with the research and can certify student status. Doctoral degree students should submit two letters of recommendation, one from the program/department chair who can certify student status and one from a faculty member familiar with the research.
  • Recommendation letters should not be written by the nominee or co-authors of an article unless the nomination stems from a dissertation and the co-author is the dissertation chair (please disclose if this is the case).
  • Acknowledgment from the publisher of any work accepted for publication.  

Supporting materials: Include a nominee biography. If there are additional materials (news reports, journal articles, etc.) that you feel help support the nominee’s achievements, please include a copy of them. You may also include a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV) or resume of no more than four pages, highlighting the nominee’s relevant accomplishments, if available.

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