Students looking for mentors can tap several resources through APA, its divisions and committees. In fact, many match students with psychologists who can advise them on their academic and career path.
For example, the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs through the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) has proposed a national peer-mentoring program for first- and second-year ethnic-minority graduate students. If approved by APAGS' executive committee, the program would pair beginning ethnic-minority graduate students with upper-level ethnic-minority graduate students to provide support and guidance during graduate school. For the latest on this proposed project, visit the APAGS Web site. Here are just a few other mentoring services through APA:
Disability Mentoring Program-supports psychology students with disabilities in their academic and professional career by linking them with a mentor who also has a disability. Visit the Mentoring Web site.
Women in Science and Technology-offers an e-mentoring program through APA's Science Directorate that provides guidance for women pursuing careers in science and technology.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Mentoring Program-matches lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) graduate students in psychology with a doctoral-level mentor to provide guidance, support and networking via a joint mentoring program through the APAGS Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns and Div. 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues).
Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology)-offers a mentoring service for teachers of psychology to ask questions to more experienced colleagues about classroom management and topics as well as career guidance. Contact: Drew Appleby, PhD or visit: www.psynt.iupui.edu/MentoringService.
Div. 8 (Society for Personality and Social Psychology)-matches students from underrepresented groups with faculty mentors for career guidance. Visit: www.spsp.org/divprog.htm.
Div. 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering)-provides counseling services and networking opportunities to those interested in learning more about or pursuing careers in applied experimental or engineering psychology. Contact: Doug Griffith, PhD or visit: www.apa.org/divisions/div21.
Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women)-provides a Student Editorial Board for Psychology of Women Quarterly in which advanced graduate students can serve under a consulting editor or associate editor to learn about the review and editorial process. Visit: www.umsl.edu/divisions/artscience/psychology/clinical.