E. Thayer Gaston Research Competition

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Amount
Awarded

$500

Awarded

Application Deadline

July 20

Monday
Awarded By:

American Music Therapy Association

Number of Awards & Eligibility: One award offered annually. Please note: For a jointly-authored paper, the prize will be split.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student or the equivalent, or an undergraduate intern.
  4. Must be enrolled in a college or university program in music therapy.
  5. Must be a current student member of the American Music Therapy Association both in the year in which he/she applies and in the year in which the award is granted.
  6. Must attend an American Music Therapy Association-approved institution. A list of eligible institutions is available on the AMTA website by visiting the "Education & Careers" tab.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This research competition is open to undergraduate students studying music therapy at an institution approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Students must be members in good standing of the AMTA both at the time of application and the time of award.

Application requirements for the E. Thayer Gaston Research Competition are:

  • Application form
  • Research paper
Additional Information: Judging will be done on the basis of originality, organization, clarity of writing, relevance of content to the music therapy profession, literature documentation and adherence to the APA style. In the event that the criteria is not met or the judges feel that no paper is worthy, the award will not be presented. Judging will be done by a clinician, an academician, and a non-music therapist in a related field.

Award Amount: $500 annually, non-renewable. The winning paper will also be reviewed for possible publication in the "Journal of Music Therapy".  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $500.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, July 20, 2020

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, July 20, 2020

Applications are available online on the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) website. Applications must be saved as Microsoft Word documents, and the file name must be the student's first and last names and the name of the scholarship to which he/she is applying. In addition to a completed application, the student must submit a previously unpublished paper on any topic relevant to the music therapy profession using the philosophical, historical, descriptive, qualitative, mixed methods, or experimental mode of research. Papers may be individually or jointly authored; only one paper per entrant is accepted. Papers may be any length up to 3,000 words and shall have a title page indicating the author's name, academic institution, and academic advisor's name. No identifying information found on the title page is to be found on any page of the text. Papers are to be submitted in the most recent edition in the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. For historical or philosophical papers, Chicago (Turabian) style is also accepted. The paper must be double-spaced with 1-inch margins and in 12-point font, and must be a Microsoft Word or PDF document. Proposed studies and stand-alone literature review are not acceptable manuscript types for this award. The application form and paper must be submitted electronically to the email address provided. The email subject line should include the name of the scholarship for which the student is applying and the application year. Applications must be submitted by 6:00 p.m. EST on the deadline date.
Contact: Rebecca Preddie
Address: 8455 Colesville Road Suite 1000 Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

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