Presenting my research at the Academy of Aphasia meeting was an excellent learning experience. Discussing my research with scientists in the field whose work has informed and inspired my own was exciting, and challenged me to think about my work in new ways.
Getting good feedback from supervisors is one thing, but when two blind reviewers respond positively to something you have produced, it really is a fantastic feeling and an encouraging validation of the quality of your work.
I would encourage students to take full advantage of their time while at an AASP conference; attend guest speakers’ sessions, engage in professional opportunities such as “Meet the Professionals Luncheon”, and attend pertinent oral and/or poster sessions related to your work. There’s something of value to be learned through every experience!
I would tell future applicants for this award to put time into the process and just go for it. The culmination of the conference, presenting my work, and making new meaningful connections were an amazing experience!
Ultimately, the APUS model proffers reinvention of the virtual academic library. Precedence is given to tailored curricular services for individual departments and to librarians over collections. With it too, the Routledge Award engages in the evolution from distance into a new breed of online librarian.
At the conference, not only was I able to meet and connect with new and passionate individuals in the sport psychology community, but I attended many presentations and workshops that significantly enhanced my knowledge of applied sport psychology.
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