Cleveland State University doctoral student, Basak Khamush-Kacar, received the prestigious Donald E. Super Fellowship Award, along with a cash award, from the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 17: Society of Counseling Psychology at the 2015 APA Convention, held August 6-9 in Toronto, Ontario.
Fellowship awards recognize and support outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based degrees. Khamush-Kacar is a student of CSU’s APA-accredited Counseling Psychology doctoral program in the College of Education and Human Services. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in Psychological Counseling and Guidance at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey.
“The award is certainly very important for me in becoming aware of the significance of this study and it definitely added to my enthusiasm to continue my endeavors,” said Khamush-Kacar, who accepted the award for her dissertation study on Identity and Career Experiences of Muslim Immigrant Women. “It came at a time when I was planning to focus more on my work and, because it is a national award, it will be very important in my future career that my work has been recognized in this way.”
Selected from a highly competitive group of nominees, Khamush-Kacar was chosen based on the quality of her dissertation proposal and its potential for advancing knowledge in the area of career development.
“Ms. Kacar-Khamush's contributions to work and family research enrich our understanding of how immigrants from not only similar, but also diverse, cultural contexts manage the demands, responsibilities, and rewards of work and family life,” said Counseling Psychology Professor and Dissertation Chair Dr. Donna Schultheiss. “This is a significant contribution given that existing theory and research on work and family integration have afforded minimal consideration of individual differences, cultural norms and values.”