2022 Graduate Student Research Award

The ATP Innovations in Testing Conference (www.innovationsintesting.org) is one of the assessment industry’s largest conferences with annual attendance of more than 1,000 assessment professionals. The conference is well-known for delivering high quality, innovative content and attracting leaders in the assessment industry. To promote innovative research at the graduate level, the 2022 Conference executive committee is pleased to announce the 4th ATP Graduate Student Research Award.

The theme of the 2022 ATP Graduate Student Research Award is Promoting Equitable Opportunities Through Assessment. Graduate students conducting research on how promoting equity and opportunity is an important responsibility for tests and test sponsors are encouraged to apply. Each graduate student will be allotted a 10-15 minute timeframe for their presentation. Award winners will receive a $500 award/ complimentary registration to attend the 2022 Innovations in Testing Conference taking place as a hybrid event from March 20 - March 23, 2022. Applicants must attend the conference either in-person or virtual to be eligible to participate in this event. They will present their research project in a special conference session, live. In addition to the opportunity to showcase their research in front of assessment industry practitioners, awardees will network with professionals and meet industry mentors.

Up to two awards will be given at the 2022 Innovations in Testing Conference. Applications are due by midnight EST on February 11th, 2022.

Award Theme

Promoting Equitable Opportunities Through Assessment


To encourage innovative research with practical applications in assessments among graduate student researchers, and to provide opportunities for graduate researchers to network with leaders in the assessment industry.

Research Themes

ATP is made up of testing organizations that serve a wide range of constituents. Research conducted by award applicants should address how new technology or data analytic advances may be used to enhance assessments in one or more of the following practice areas:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Education
  • Industrial/Organizational
  • Licensure and Certification
  • Workforce Skills Credentialing

Eligibility Criteria

Graduate students currently enrolled in doctoral level programs are eligible to apply. Applicants must be conducting research that is directly applicable to assessments. This research award is not limited to graduate students pursuing degrees in academic disciplines traditionally associated with measurement. Graduate students enrolled in all academic disciplines with research interests applicable to assessment technology and data analytic innovations are also encouraged to apply.

Award Amount

Award winners will receive a $500 award, as well as complimentary registration to the ATP 2022 Innovations in Testing Conference convening as hybrid event from March 20 - March 23, 2022. Accepted student(s) must attend in-person or virtually.

Award winners must work with an assigned industry mentor for coaching in preparation for their presentation at the 2022 ATP Innovations in Testing Conference. Recipients are required to follow the guidelines of the award process and to present their research in-person at the 2022 Innovations in Testing Conference.

Selection Process

Criteria for awards will be based on innovation of research, applicability to the testing industry, clarity of the proposal, and relevance of interest to the ATP audience. Award recipients will be nominated by the award subcommittee composed of members of the ATP Innovations in Testing Conference Executive Committee and other assessment industry professionals. Final selection of the award recipients will be made by ATP award chair and representatives from the conference exective committee.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the following materials to atp@designingevents.com by midnight EST, February 11th, 2022. The award committee will not consider incomplete or late applications.

  • A cover letter
  • 1000-word summary of the research project (including description of the research purpose, methodology, results and proposed applications to assessments)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • One letter of recommendation from the applicant’s faculty research advisor

Award Notification Timeframe

Award applications are accepted through Feburary 11th, 2022. Award winner reciepients will be notified by Februry 21st, 2022.


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