Graduate Student Ethics Writing Prize

The APA Ethics Committee with the assistance of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students sponsor this annual prize for a graduate student paper on psychology and ethics.


Sponsor: APA Ethics Office


The APA Ethics Committee and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) are pleased to announce the 17th annual prize for a graduate student paper on psychology and ethics. This year, the honoree will receive $1,000, a round trip ticket to APA's 2018 Annual Convention in San Francisco, plus three nights of hotel accommodation and convention registration. The prize will be presented at a convention session in the APAGS suite.

The winning paper will be recommended for publication in the journal Ethics and Behavior.

  • The prize is open to APAGS members enrolled in a psychology graduate program at the time the paper is submitted and who are in good academic standings.

  • "Psychology and ethics" is defined broadly, to include any empirical or theoretical paper that examines psychology and ethics in relation to science or research, practice, education, public interest or theory of ethics. The paper must indicate why its particular focus is worthy of attention.

  • Submissions must be written in APA style and may not exceed 25 double-spaced pages (including tables and references).

  • Submissions must include an abstract.

  • Submissions may not have been previously published or submitted for publication.

  • It is expected that authors will receive assistance from faculty advisors. Such assistance must not be sufficiently extensive for the faculty member to merit authorship on the paper. The student author(s) must be able to claim sole authorship. Jointly-authored student papers are acceptable. In the case of a jointly-authored paper, all students must meet eligibility requirements and one prize will be awarded.

  • Although papers written for ethics courses are acceptable, it is generally the case that course papers require considerable additional work to warrant serious contention for the Ethics Prize, which is normally awarded to a paper of publishable or near-publishable quality.

  • Papers will be judged based upon quality and originality of ideas, clarity of analysis and expression and adequacy of literature review.

How to Apply

Please submit your application electronically by 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 10, 2018. The instructions for the essay section on the application page note that you should submit two copies of your essay:

  1. One without identifying information.
  2. One with your name, university name and address, email address and phone number.

The winner will be contacted and his or her name will be announced by approximately May 20, 2018.

Questions about the prize? Send a message by email with subject heading, "Question about 2018 writing prize."  

Past Recipients


Cari Beth Rosoff


Rae Anne M. Frey, MS


Annia W. Raja


Lauren Kois, MA


Angela Haeny and Christine Paprocki


Rachel M. Wasserman


Rachel Winograd


John-Paul Legerski and Sarah L. Bunnell (co-authors)


Starla Armstrong


Zachary W. Adams and Sara E. Boyd (co-authors)


Keren Lehavot


Rebecca Schwartz


Juli B. Kramer


Dhruvi Kakkad


Craig Fisher


Nancy K. Lewis