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Interested in a leadership position with the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS)? Students can apply for the following open positions, which begin this fall:

  • Chair-elect, who serves as an APAGS spokesperson, a member of APA's Council of Representatives, an ex-officio member of the APAGS subcommittees and a liaison to APA governance groups. The chair-elect serves in this position for one year to prepare him or her to become APAGS chair the following year. The APAGS chair presides over the APAGS committee and serves as an ex-officio member of APA's Board of Directors, the APAGS voting member of APA's Council of Representatives and an ex-officio member of APAGS subcommittees.

  • Member-at-large, general focus, who develops student initiatives and outreach programs for general psychology issues.

  • Member-at-large, research/academic focus, who oversees the APAGS scholarship process and promotes activities for research-oriented graduate students.

  • Member-at-large, diversity focus, who develops initiatives and programs that support diverse students, such as older students and those with disabilities.

Students can also apply for the following APAGS subcommittee positions:

  • Chair, Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA), who oversees grant allocation programs for regional multicultural events and develops programs for ethnic-minority students.

  • Chair, Convention Committee, who works with APAGS to develop program themes and review proposals.

  • Chair, Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Concerns, who advocates and develops initiatives to advance the interests of LGBT students.

The application deadline is February 13. For more information, visit the APA APAGS Description Web site. APAGS members will be able to vote online for these positions at the APAGS Web site March 22 through April 16. Paper ballots will be available by request.


Get a friend to join APAGS and win a prize

Recruit your peers to become APAGS members during the month of February, and you can win a $250 American Express travel gift check if you recruit the most new graduate student affiliates to APAGS. The second-place winner will receive a PDA, the third-place winner will get a $100 stipend, and three fourth-place winners will have their registration fees waived to APA's 2004 Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 28-August 1. The first 400 students to get three students to become APAGS members will also receive a free copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: Fifth Edition (APA, 2001).

For membership-drive packets and applications, contact Betsy Horrocks at (202) 216-7619 or by email.


Nominations due for outstanding state association

State and Provincial Psychological Associations (SPPAs) that have demonstrated excellence in promoting graduate student development and joint APAGS/SPPA membership are eligible for the Outstanding State or Provincial Psychological Association of the Year award. The winning association will receive $1,500.

APAGS, the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and Division 31 (State Psychological Association Affairs) present the award each year to honor a state or provincial association. The Ohio Psychological Association received the award last year.

The application deadline is January 31.


Submit papers for 2004 Graduate Student Ethics Prize

APA's Ethics Committee and APAGS are accepting empirical or theoretical papers on psychology and ethics in relation to science or research, practice, education, public interest, or the theory of ethics for this year's Graduate Student Ethics Prize. The winner - to be announced May 15 - will win $1,000, a round-trip ticket to APA's 2004 Annual Convention in Honolulu and three nights of hotel accommodations. The winner will also present his or her paper during the Honolulu convention.

The submission deadline is March 5. Submit papers to APA's Office of Ethics (attn: Ethics Prize) at the APA address. Direct questions to Stephen Behnke, JD, PhD, by email using the subject heading "Student ethics prize."

-M. DITTMANN

STAY UPDATED ON APA'S 2004 ANNUAL CONVENTION

For the latest on student programming and registration information for APA's 2004 Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 28—August 1, visit the APAGS Web site at www.apa.org/apags/ or the Convention Web site.