Conference Travel Award

Goal of the Award

The goal of this award is to promote the multicultural development of graduate students in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology at MU by providing financial assistance to attend one of the conferences listed below on Multicultural Psychology and Education. It is anticipated that this award will not only enable students interested in and committed to multicultural issues to increase their multicultural counseling competencies, but also to inspire students to promote their professional development and facilitate their career development. Moreover, the award is designed to facilitate the development of students who have already demonstrated a strong interest in multicultural issues in psychology.


The student(s) selected will receive no more than $250 reimbursement from ESCP’s Coalition for Cultural Competency to attend either the National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA) conference, the Columbia University Teachers College Annual Winter Roundtable, or the National Multicultural Conference and Summit during the time between June 1st, 2010 and May 13th, 2011.

For information about the conferences, please see below:

Eligibility Requirement

  1. The student must be a graduate student in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology at MU. All graduate students are welcome to apply. However, preference will be given to doctoral students.
  2. Students must attend each day of the conference, including social events.

Selection Committee

A Selection Committee comprised of faculty and graduate students will review the applications.


The following criteria will be used to select students:

  1. The Selection Committee will evaluate applications based on the student’s expressed interest in multicultural issues in psychology. Specifically, the student will submit a 2–3 page (maximum) application in which s/he articulates (a) his/her particular interests in multicultural issues, (b) previous experience and work on multicultural issues and ways that these experiences have increased the student’s multicultural sensitivity, awareness, and skills (e.g., coursework, personal experiences, Brown Bag Lunches, campus presentations, conferences, participating in the Diversity Committee, presentations s/he has done), and (c) how s/he would benefit from attending one of the listed conferences, given the particular theme of the conference this year (please see the conference websites above).Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • clarity of expressed interests in multicultural psychology;
    • number and quality of past experience in seeking out multicultural learning opportunities (such as attendance at Brown Bag lunches, participation on Diversity Committee, attendance at campus presentations involving multicultural issues, etc.);
    • demonstrated commitment to diversity issues;
    • specific goals for attending the conference.
  2. Graduate students in ESCP are eligible to apply. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of awards, students with more years in the program will be given preference
  3. Students who have not received the MU Graduate Student Travel Award to one of listed conferences in Multicultural Psychology and Education will be given preference. Students can receive this award on more than one occasion, but preference will be given to those students who have received this award on fewer occasions.

Application Deadline

One copy of the application must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday, May 9, 2011. Please deliver materials to Dr. Puncky Heppner’s or Dr. Lisa Flores’ mailbox in 16 Hill Hall.

Giving Back

Students who are awarded this Travel Award must (a) write a short paper indicating the most important things they learned from attending the conference, and (b) develop some type of presentation or other mechanism of sharing their experiences and knowledge obtained from one of the listed conferences with the faculty and students (e.g., develop a Brown Bag luncheon; presentation(s) to classes). The goal of the latter is to increase the impact of their experiences/knowledge across the department.