As an early-stage researcher, it can be quite intimidating to present your research to some of the biggest names in your field that have been doing this type of research since before you were born! The prize allowed me to go to the Academy of Aphasia conference with a greater amount of confidence in my work.
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.
I discovered (via Twitter!) that the judges had decided on my article. I was sitting on a plane, buckled into my seatbelt and well aware of the fact that my phone should already have been switched off. I took a screen shot of the tweet, and checked back over the course of the 10-hour flight just to make sure I hadn’t hallucinated the whole thing.