Best Practices Research, Student Award

Background and Purpose

This award recognizes a best practices research project conducted by a graduate student. 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 Research Awards, inclusive of all categories, may be awarded.

Deadline: Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
Judges: ACA Research and Knowledge Committee
Prize: Complimentary ACA 2019 Conference & Expo registration (travel and lodging not included). Recognition and presentation of the award at the Conference. Recipients must present their research during a session at the Conference. 

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

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 Practice 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.  

Nomination Checklist

  • Nominee Biography
  • Nomination Letter
  • Supporting Materials
  • Supporting Letters


**NOTE:  If this is the first time you have submitted a nomination, you must create an account.  The email and password for the awards submission system may or may NOT be the same as your ACA website email and password.  They are different systems, and are not linked.


Submissions must be received by Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST.

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