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NSF Gives Clinical Students a Shot At Winning Graduate Fellowships

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Science  25 May 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6084, pp. 972
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6084.972

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In 2010, after years of tolerating an ambiguous policy on whether clinical or counseling psychology fits into the U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF's) mission to fund basic science, agency officials announced that they would reject any application—without even reviewing it—from students in clinical or counseling psychology graduate programs. The psychological science community protested the decision, and within a year, NSF had restored eligibility for scores of graduate psychology students. The reversal has had a significant impact: A doctoral student in psychology has won a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship.

  • * Siri Carpenter is a science writer in Madison, Wisconsin.