“Presenting something which I had worked so hard on gave me a feeling of validation.”
I was told about the AASP Conference Student Travel Awards just moments after I presented my Masters Defense. While I was waiting to be peppered with questions about my research and presentation, the first adviser I turned to said, “You need to submit this for an AASP Travel Award, so you can present it at this year’s conference.” The other advisers agreed.
So, once I had completed my thesis and graduated, I got to work refining my abstract to fit the awards specifications to submit for review along with some general information about myself. It was important that my abstract went into a little more detail as to why my research was and is so relevant, also I went into more specifics on my findings, since the readers would not be getting a copy of my full thesis I had to tell a little bit more of the story.
As a result of being selected I was able to present my research and findings to a room full of my peers and high-level professionals. Presenting something which I had worked so hard on gave me a feeling of validation. Without the help of this award, I would have not been able to attend the 2014 AASP Conference in Las Vegas, make the meaningful connections I did, learn about the latest research in the world of sport and exercise psychology, and be able to apply a ton of said research in a professional context.
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 was an amazing experience!