Cup 2010 Competition
for Applications for the Fifth Annual Society for Prevention
Research Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup, June 3, 2010,
advances in prevention science are often due to a team
of individuals working closely together across many
years. In recognition of the importance of the collaborative
process to the field, the Society for Prevention Research
(SPR) will sponsor a friendly competition amongst teams
of researchers for the honor of bringing home the traveling
Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup for the 2010-2011 academic
Cup is named for two of the founders and long time active
members of SPR, Dr. Zili Sloboda and Dr. William Bukoski.
The Cup competition is an opportunity for an unique
experience: several independent teams of scientists,
each working with the same data set, problem solve together
for a brief period of time and then jointly present
their ideas to each other and a larger group of experienced
18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research
will be held in Denver, CO from June 1 through June
4, 2010. The meeting includes one day of high quality
pre-conference training workshops on topics relevant
to prevention science. The theme for the meeting this
year is "Cells to Society: Prevention at All Levels".
The conference hotel will be the Grand Hyatt Denver.
Last year, 800 prevention scientists, practitioners,
and advocates attended the meeting.
Cup teams will receive a data set via email two months
prior to the annual meeting. Each team then will conduct
a literature review, generate hypotheses, conduct analyses,
and prepare a presentation for a 10-minute symposium
talk on their results.
will present their results during an invited symposium
at the SPR annual meeting. A panel of senior prevention
scientist judges and the audience at the symposium will
rate the quality of the research work and of the presentation.
Both verbal and written feedback will be provided to
teams about their work. Over 80 scientists attended
this symposium last year.
highest scoring team will be recognized and awarded
the SPR Cup during the SPR Awards Ceremony. Past team
champions include the Sun Devil Scholars from the Prevention
Research Center from the Department of Psychology at
Arizona State University in 2006, the Prevention Geeks
from the State of Oklahoma Department of Mental Health
and Substance Abuse Services in 2007, the Prevention
Fellows from the Prevention Research Center of the College
of Health and Human Development at The Pennsylvania
State University in 2008, and Penn State Pride from
the Prevention Research Center of the College of Health
and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University
are limited to five members. Each team should include
participants with knowledge and practical experience
in research methodology, data analysis, and conference
presentation. Members may be from the same department
or institution or multiple departments or institutions.
Each team will designate a team captain, who will participate
in several SPR Cup conference calls during the spring
participants for teams are individuals who are either
(1) currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral training
program, or (2) have received their terminal graduate
degree within the last 5 years and have not yet been
a principal investigator on a research grant from a
federal agency or private foundation.
public data set relevant to prevention science will
be used. Example data sets that have been used in past
competitions include Monitoring the Future and the National
Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The identity
of the data set will be released during a conference
call of team captains on April 1, 2010.
experienced SPR Cup mentor will be assigned to advise
each team and will be available for consultation via
phone or email on an as needed basis.
Teams may access other mentors as desired. All mentors
must be acknowledged during the presentation.
participating teams will be strongly encouraged to refine
their analyses after the meeting and to generate publishable
products. The highest scoring teams may be invited to
submit a manuscript to be considered for publication
in SPR's flagship journal Prevention Science. To date,
several teams have published manuscripts related to
their SPR Cup presentations in peer-reviewed journals,
including Prevention Science. Other manuscripts are
apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line "2010 SPR Cup Submission".
Within the email, for each team member, please include
name, highest academic degree, current position, primary
institutional affiliation, a brief summary of research
skills and expertise, and contact information. Please
list a team name and designate a team captain. A receipt
of submission will be sent to the team captain.
to four teams will be accepted for the competition this
year. Teams whose members meet the qualifications above
will be accepted in the order of when applications are
deadline for applications is February
12, 2010. Accepted teams will be informed
via email by February 19, 2010.
are welcome. Please contact:
Mark Eddy, Ph.D., and Charles R. Martinez, Jr., Ph.D.
Co-Chairs, Fifth Annual Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup