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Run for an APAGS Committee position

Develop leadership skills, represent student colleagues and advocate nationally for psychology by serving in an elected position on the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Committee. APAGS members are eligible to run for one of the following positions, which begin in August:

  •  Chair-elect, who serves the first year in this position, second year as chair and third year as past-chair. The APAGS chair serves as an ex-officio member of the four APAGS subcommittees and as liaison to APA governance groups. The chair-elect year prepares the officer to preside over the APAGS Committee as chair the following year. During half of the chair and half of the past-chair years, the officer also serves as APAGS' voting member of APA's Council of Representatives and an ex-officio member of APA's Board of Directors.

  •  Member-at-large, education focus, who serves for two years, beginning in August, and represents the internship and training needs of students to relevant APA boards and committees and advocates for advances in the quality of graduate student education.

  •  Member-at-large, communications focus, who serves for two years, beginning in August, and assists the APAGS Central Office staff with publicity and APAGS publications, such as gradPSYCH and the APAGS Campus Bulletin.

The application deadline is Feb. 25. Applicants must be APAGS members actively enrolled as students in good standing in a graduate psychology program and at least two years from graduation at the time of the elections. Visit here for more information.

APAGS elections take place April 1–29. APAGS encourages all of its members to vote by logging on to the APAGS Web site, during the election period.


Apply for the outstanding state association award

APAGS seeks nominations from students for the 2005 Outstanding State, Provincial or Territorial Psychological Association of the Year Award. APAGS, APA's Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and Div. 31 (State Psychological Association Affairs) present the $1,500 award each year to a state, provincial or territorial psychological association (SPTA) that has demonstrated exemplary commitment to promoting graduate student development and joint APAGS/SPTA membership.

The application deadline is Jan. 31. SPTAs that have won the award within the last five years, including last year's winner—the Pennsylvania Psychological Association—are not eligible for the 2005 award. For application requirements and instructions, visit the APA Div 31 Web site.


Submit papers for the 2005 Ethics Prize

APA's Ethics Committee and APAGS welcome submissions for the 2005 Graduate Student Ethics Prize, which recognizes a student paper on psychology and ethics in science or research, practice, education, public interest or theory.

The winner—announced by June 1—will receive $1,000, a round-trip ticket to APA's 2005 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., Aug. 18–21, and three nights of hotel accommodations. The award recipient will present the winning paper at the convention to APA Ethics Committee members for comment, and the journal Ethics and Behavior will publish the paper.

The submission deadline is March 18. Send papers to: APA Office of Ethics, Attn: Ethics Prize, at the APA address. Visit APA Gradprize for more information. E-mail questions to Ethics Office Director Stephen Behnke, JD, PhD, with the subject heading "student ethics prize."


APAGS workshops go on the road

APAGS is offering to conduct focus groups and its internship workshop—also conducted at APA's annual conventions—on campuses and at conferences nationwide. The workshop is based on the book "Internships in Psychology: The APAGS Workbook for Writing Successful Applications and Finding the Right Match" (APA, 2005).

The four-hour internship workshop covers the general steps of reviewing the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) directory, gathering site and application materials, reviewing the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships, writing a curriculum vitae, obtaining recommendation letters, conceptualizing essays based on internship and career goals, interviewing, rank-ordering sites, navigating the Match process and maintaining a healthy mindset and anxiety level.

The focus groups provide students an opportunity to discuss gradPSYCH, learn about APAGS benefits and services and provide feedback to APAGS about the most common issues graduate students face. In addition, focus groups will discuss topics such as mentoring, postdocs and finding a first psychology job. APAGS Associate Executive Director Carol Williams-Nickelson, PsyD, runs the focus groups and internship workshops.

To find out how to host a workshop or focus group on your campus, visit APA APAGS On the road or contact APAGS at the APA address or by e-mail.

This article was updated in September 2012 to link to the most recent edition of "Internships in Psychology."

Apply now for 2005 Minority Fellowship Program

APA's Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is accepting applications for its fellowships in psychology and neuroscience. The fellowships seek to stimulate interest in ethnic-minority mental health research and mental health services by providing financial support and mentoring to doctoral students.

The fellowships are:

  •  The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellowship, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Applicants must be doctoral students in clinical, counseling or school psychology in an APA-accredited program who plan to pursue careers as practitioners or psychotherapy researchers specializing in ethnic-minority populations.

  •  The Mental Health Research Fellowship, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and geared to those pursuing research careers in mental health issues involving ethnic minorities. MFP encourages students who specialize in community, social, developmental, health, aging or cognitive psychology, psychopathology or other mental health areas to apply for this fellowship.

  •  The HIV/AIDS Research Fellowship, funded by NIMH and targeting those pursuing careers in HIV/AIDS research or prevention. The fellowship is funded as a subspecialty under the Mental Health Research Program.

  •  The Diversity Program in Neuroscience Predoctoral Fellowships and The Diversity Program in Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellowships, funded by NIMH to support students pursuing careers in neuroscience—including behavioral neuroscience, cellular neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, neuroanatomy and other fields.

Applicants for each fellowship must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled full time in a doctoral program when they receive the fellowship. Mental health and substance abuse services applicants must be in an APA-accredited program. All applicants must demonstrate a commitment to ethnic-minority mental health.

Fellowship applications are due Jan. 15. Download an application at MFP Application or request one via e-mail or by writing to APA/MFP Fellowship at the APA address.


Apply for Gerson Memorial Grant

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) seeks nominees for the $5,000 Randy Gerson Memorial Grant, which aims to advance graduate student research on family and couple dynamics and multigenerational processes.

Projects using or contributing to the development of Bowen family systems or Gerson's work will receive priority.

Applications should include a statement about the project and how it meets grant goals, a project budget, explanation of how the recipient will disseminate results (such as through a report or monograph), a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and an official transcript.

Applications are due Feb. 1. E-mail the application to APF. APF will announce the winner on or after April 15.

For more information, visit the APA Gerson Web site or write to APF Awards Coordinator/Gerson at the APA address; (202) 336-5843; e-mail. APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age and sexual orientation.

—M. GREER