Winner’s story: Jenessa Banwell

Association for Applied Sport Psychology Student Travel Award

“There’s something of value to be learned through every experience! Thank you to AASP and Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group for the honour of this award!”

Picture of Jenessa BanwellAt the 2014 AASP Conference I was awarded one of ten Conference Student Travel Awards valued at $750 USD, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group. To be eligible for this award, student membership of AASP was required and as a part of the registration process for the conference I was asked whether I would like to be considered for the award, to which of course I clicked “yes.”

According to AASP representatives, the student travel award submissions were initially scored via a double-blind review of over 225 conference abstract reviewers. Subsequently, these submissions were evaluated by the Conference Planning Committee for final selection.

While attending the 2014 AASP Conference in Las Vegas, NV, I took full advantage of guest speaker sessions, professional development opportunities, and individual research presentations. Most memorable for me was attending the “Meet the Professionals Luncheon” where I had the opportunity to meet Robert Weinberg from Miami University. This experience in particular was a great opportunity to gain practical knowledge and valuable insight into a career in sport psychology from an experienced professional. I also attended the guest speaker, Brett Smith’s, diversity lecture discussing what sport psychology can learn from disability. The knowledge and practical experiences I had at the AASP Conference will inform not only my ongoing research, but also my professional career as an aspiring sport psychology consultant and professor.

For those students considering attending the 2015 AASP Conference in Indianapolis, I recommend you register to be a student member of AASP. Not only will you be eligible for student awards such as the Conference Student Travel Award, but you will also gain access to all AASP has to offer to future professionals in the field of sport psychology. Lastly, 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 poster sessions related to your work. There’s something of value to be learned through every experience!

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