What They Don't Teach You in Graduate School Track

There is no way that you can learn everything you will need to know in your career through graduate courses alone. There are many ways to find information outside of what is taught in grad school -- you may get this information from other students, mentors, articles, etc. Well, APAGS is here to help with a special programming track on What They Don’t Teach You in Graduate School.


Alternative Careers with a Doctorate in Psychology
Thursday, Aug. 7, 10-10:50 a.m.
Convention Center
This session will explore alternative careers available to psychologists with a graduate degree. Speakers include a performance psychologist and a psychologist involved with public policy.

Disparities in Ethnic Minority Research and Future Directions
Thursday, Aug. 7, 11-11:50 a.m.
During this conversation hour, separate tables will be set up for different topics, including (but not limited to) surveying current methodologies and their inherent problems in research in minority communities; developing culturally-sensitive research; networking; and novel approaches to research in ethnic minority communities.

Publish or Perish! What Grad Students Need to Know About Publication and Peer Review
Thursday, Aug. 7, 12-12:50 p.m.
Convention Center
Presenters will offer practical advice on how to navigate the publication and peer review process. The goal of this presentation is to demystify the publication process for students and provide them with helpful information they can use in attaining their own academic goals, including beginning steps and how to get started. The presentation will include a discussion with time for Q&A so student can have their specific concerns addressed.

Financial Literacy for Students and Recent Graduates
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2-2:50 p.m.
Convention Center
Using data from APA and other sources, this session will use an interactive and information-rich format to educate attendees on oft-avoided topics like what recent graduate owe, what they earn, where they work, and how they pay back student loans.

What I Wish I Knew
Friday, Aug. 8, 10-10:50 a.m.

So You Want to Be a Mentor/Mentee? Mentorship throughout the Pipeline
Friday, Aug. 8, 11-11:50 a.m.
This symposium is geared towards all psychology graduate students and psychologists, and aims to increase the overall knowledge of mentoring outcomes and the number of quality mentoring relationships.

Dissertation Flow – Writing and Finishing Your Dissertation
Friday, Aug. 8, 1-1:50 p.m.
One credential students never want to have is ABD- all but dissertation. This session will help move students past the all but dissertation stage to the ABG stage- all but graduated. We will discuss setting attainable writing goals, writing techniques for writer's block, and using the support around you for editing and feedback. This session will also provide a small action lab where students can accomplish one task on their list for their dissertation.

Set Goals, Say No, and Still Graduate
Friday, Aug. 8, 2-3:50 p.m.
In this interactive session, participants will hear perspectives from advance students (scientist and practitioner focused) on strategies for goal setting, prioritizing, and setting limits. The hands-on portion of this session will include each audience member developing a plan to implement strategies focused on managing workload during graduate school and planning for successfully graduating.

Psychology Without Borders: A Roundtable Discussion on International Teaching, Research, and Service
Saturday, Aug. 9, 8-9:50 a.m.
Convention Center
This session is designed to provide psychologists and graduate students an opportunity to meet with colleagues who have experience in international research, service, and/or teaching. Six session facilitators, at different tables, will provide a brief overview of their work and guide discussion about the above mentioned topical areas.

Hands-On Stats: A Guide to Basic Statistical Analyses
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2-3:50 p.m.
This session will cover how to run basic statistical tests commonly used in psychological research (i.e., descriptives, t-tests, ANOVA, correlation, and regression). Specifically, participants will walk away knowing (a) what kinds of research questions may be answered using each of these methods, (b) what types of data and assumptions are needed to run each analysis, (c) how to perform each test in SPSS, and (d) how to interpret each tests' output. This session is intended for students who have some background in statistics and are looking for a practical, skill-focused refresher to help them in their own research. The session will be hands-on, so please bring your laptop.

Giving Yourself an Edge: Frank Advice on Funding for Graduate Research
Sunday, Aug. 10, 9-9:50 a.m.
Convention Center
It’s never too early to start honing the skills required to write a top tier grant. This symposium will cover topics ranging from sources of funding to stylistic aspects of grant writing focused on increasing the chances of getting your project funded.