APAGS News

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APAGS is coming to a campus near you

APAGS wants to hit the road this year-and is looking for campuses across the nation to visit. Why? The association wants to take its popular internship workshop-generally conducted at APA's annual conventions-to students. The workshop is designed to help students successfully navigate the internship application process. It offers tips on finding a psychology internship, the application and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Match process. APAGS Associate Executive Director Carol Williams-Nickelson, PsyD, co-presenter of the annual internship workshop held before the APA convention, will teach the four-hour workshops.

APAGS would also like to conduct several focus groups in 2004 on gradPSYCH and to understand how APAGS can be more relevant and useful to members. Williams-Nickelson will facilitate the focus groups, which would feature discussions on topics such as internships, mentoring, finding a first psychology job, postdocs, preparing for licensure and balancing work and family.

To discuss the possibility of hosting an internship workshop or APAGS focus group on your campus, contact APAGS at the APA address; (202) 336-6014; e-mail.

Meet the Student-Get-A-Student membership contest winners

APAGS has selected the winners of its Student-Get-A-Student contest, a limited-time recruitment drive that awarded prizes to students who recruited the most new APA student affiliates during February. Members of APA's Department Volunteer Network, campus representatives and APAGS members were encouraged to participate. APAGS thanks all of the participants for their dedication to sharing the benefits of APAGS and APA student affiliation with friends and colleagues.

The contest winners are:

First place

(A drawing was conducted to determine the distribution of the first and second prizes.)

Jami Furr of Temple University received a $250 American Express Gift Cheque.

Michelle Harwood of the University of Florida received a personal digital assistant.

Third place

Nicole Frommelt of Loras College received a $100 stipend.

Fourth place

Catalina D'Achiardi of Southern Illinois University received free registration to APA's 2004 Annual Convention. Charmaine Lowe of Fuller Theological Seminary received free registration to APA's 2004 Annual Convention.


Volunteer and attend convention for free

Graduate students can receive free registration at APA's 2004 Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 28-August 1, by volunteering a full day's work there with APA's Office of Continuing Education in Psychology or Convention Office.

Volunteers may also attend one continuing-education (CE) workshop for free, if space is available. CE volunteers' duties include monitoring attendance at CE sessions or assisting presenters during their workshops and sessions. Those who support the Convention Office will assist staff with activities in the Disability Service Room.

Interested students should contact Brennan Harmuth of APA's Office of Continuing Education by e-mail. 

Write "Convention Volunteer" in the subject line and include your name, e-mail, summer and school addresses and phone numbers. Also include your preferences, if any, for the office you want to work for and the one convention day-Wednesday through Sunday-you want to work.


Drop by the APAGS booth in Hawaii

While at APA's Annual Convention, stop by the APAGS booth in the Hawaii Convention Center to chat with APAGS committee members and staff. There, students can find out how to get involved with APA and APAGS and can pick up valuable publications-created by students, for students-such as "The Survival Guide for Ethnic Minority Students," "Mentoring, Balance and Self Care-Especially for Women" and APAGS Advocacy Coordinating Team brochures.

You can also sign up for the two internship workshop breakout groups and the "Food for Thought" breakfasts, which give students the chance to meet distinguished psychologists.

Also, take a moment to complete a gradPSYCH survey. Your feedback will help APAGS provide articles and advertising that meet your needs and interests. Those who complete the survey will be entered in a drawing to win a prize. Keep checking the booth throughout convention for giveaways and surprises.


Pennsylvania wins annual state association award

APAGS honored the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) in March with its 2004 Award for Outstanding State, Provincial or Territorial Psychological Association of the Year.

The $1,500 award, funded by APAGS, APA's Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and Division 31 (State Psychological Association Affairs), recognizes a state, provincial or territorial psychological association for its superior performance in promoting graduate student involvement, development and membership in APAGS and the state association. APAGS honored the association with a certificate at the APA Practice Directorate's State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

This year, 11 states applied for the award, which committee members gave to PPA for its exemplary commitment to graduate student development. PPA has advocated for student involvement in its governance for more than 30 years, and formed the Pennsylvania Psychological Association of Graduate Students (PPAGS) in 2002 to provide students with their own organizational structure within the association. PPAGS members have the same rights as licensed psychologists within PPA.

PPA will use the $1,500 award to support future activities for students. PPA also will receive a plaque at the APAGS awards ceremony on July 31 during APA's 2004 Annual Convention in Honolulu.


Apply for APAGS grant program

APAGS is now accepting applications for its 2004 Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs Grant Program, which offers several $500 grants to support recruiting, retaining and enhancing the training of ethnic-minority graduate students. The application deadline is July 1.

To be eligible to apply, graduate students must be enrolled in good standing at least part time at a regionally accredited university. For applecation instructions and submission guidelines, visit the APAGS Web site.

-M. GREER