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Student and Trainee Perspectives - Summer
Lauren A. Hoffman, MS, University of Florida Student Representative
David Eddie, MS, Rutgers University Student Representative

The APA Annual Convention is approaching and promises to be another great event. This year’s conference has much to offer Division 50 student members, including captivating symposia, informative poster sessions, and invaluable networking opportunities.

Student members are encouraged to take advantage of several events. First, be sure to attend the joint NIDA/NIAAA Early Career Investigators Poster Session and Social Hour on Friday, August 8th from 4:00 to 5:50 pm and the Division 50 Poster Sessions on Addictive Behaviors on Friday, August 8th from 9:00 to 9:50 am and Saturday, August 9th from 11:00 to 11:50 am. The poster sessions are great networking opportunities, where students can meet established researchers with similar scientific interests. Food will be provided at select events! So stop by and check out the work your fellow students are engaged in!teacher answering questions from the class

 In addition, get to know your fellow SoAP members by attending the Division 50 Board and Committee Reception on Thursday, August 7th from 3:00 to 4:50 pm. This event offers a unique opportunity for student affiliates. Interact with and pay tribute to individuals who have served on SoAP committees throughout the years. I encourage all Division 50 student members to take advantage of this special invitation, as numerous senior members will be present. While attending, be sure to stop by the Division 50 booth. Here, graduate students will find important information regarding available student mentee positions on all SoAP committees.

Attend the Grant Writing Workshop, run by Harold Perl, on Thursday, August 7th from 12:00 to 1:50 pm. Also, don’t miss the NIDA symposium entitled ‘The Evolving Role of Behavior in Science at the National Institute on Drug Abuse’ (Saturday, August 9th, 12:00 – 1:50 pm). For more information on conference symposia and events relevant to Division 50’s interests, see the report by the convention program chair, Kristina Jackson, for further details.

Additionally, APAGS will be hosting a number of student-dedicated workshops and social events devoted to specific career tracks. Themes include graduate school, internship, clinical practice, and academia. Workshop topics range from statistical analysis to licensure and those in the clinical field will not want to miss the “Meet and Greet with Internship Training Directors” at the Convention Center on Saturday, August 9th (1:00 – 1:50 pm). Here, students will have the chance to inquire about competitive candidate qualifications. For more information on APAGS hosted events, access the official APA Convention website and navigate to “Programming.”

Call for new Student Representative to the Executive Committee Soap student members, Division 50 is seeking a new student representative to serve on the Executive Committee.

This position is a two-year commitment and a wonderful opportunity for those interested in becoming more involved with the division and its associated events/policies. Duties include monthly conference calls with the Executive Board, contribution to the division’s quarterly newsletter, and management of various SoAP committees. If interested, please send your CV and a brief letter of intent outlining the reasons you would like to serve on the committee to  Applications are due by June 19th, 2014.