LCA RESEARCH AWARD
This award, which carries a grant of up to $500, was established to honor and recognize high quality original research in area(s) of interest to the counseling profession and members in one or more divisions of LCA. The research must have been conducted by an LCA member or an LCA member and other colleagues working in collaboration. The recipient of this award may be submitted for the ACA Research Award. (Nominees for all ACA awards must be members of ACA.)
Criteria for Nomination and Selection:
- Research must be published in a research journal specializing in counseling, psychology, measurement, or education. Publication date must be within one year of nomination.
- Research must involve systematic inquiry or investigation using quantitative or qualitative techniques, which result in usable findings and recommendations for the field.
- Research must be concerned with problems of interest and significance to the counseling profession, with findings that are applicable beyond the immediate setting.
- Research must be in an area of interest to one or more LCA divisions.
- Research must utilize procedures of highest quality, including a clear definition of population, selection of appropriate sampling techniques and controls, use of appropriate research design, adequate and correct analysis of data, and use of valid, reliable instruments.
- Research must reveal careful interpretation of results and conclusions.
- Nominees for this award must be current members of LCA. Any Division or LCA member may make the nomination.
- Nomination packet will include:
- Completed LCA Awards Nomination Form.
- Completed Biographical Information Form.
- A nomination letter indentifying the nominee, the specific award, and, using the nomination guidelines, a description of the contributions the LCA member has made.
- A maximum of three supporting letters from others familiar with the nominee and his or her accomplishments may be submitted. Letter writers need not be LCA members
- At least one copy of the research article, including the publication date.
- Clearly state the purpose of the study, which must be an original, systematic inquiry to discover facts or principles.
- Briefly describe how the findings of the research are important for the counseling profession and identify one or more LCA divisions to which the research is relevant.
- All nominations will be made on the proper form and must be received by LCA Awards Committee Chair on or before August 15th each year.
- The LCA Executive Director will verify the nominee's LCA membership.
- The Awards Committee will meet at a specified time to review the nominations and make the selection using the specific criteria.
- The LCA Awards chairperson or other designated person will announce the award recipient at the appropriate public occasion or at the annual convention.
Nomination form and all required documents should be submitted to:
Linda D. Griffin, NCC, NCCC, LPC-S
LCA Awards Chair
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA 71272