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APA's 113th Annual Convention, slated for Aug. 18-21, in Washington, D.C., will include student-focused programming, networking opportunities and talks by the field's top psychologists. Keep an eye on the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) convention Web site for updates on programming and registration. And look for the APAGS program in the July/August Monitor on Psychology.

In the meantime, it's not too early to start making plans to attend. Here are some student opportunities in the works.

  • Get the lay of the convention land at the orientation session, "Making the Most Out of APA Convention," designed to familiarize first-time convention attendees with the convention's wide array of symposia, poster sessions, workshops, networking events, social hours and informal gatherings. Presenters will provide information and suggestions about division and suite programming, outline programming for students of diverse backgrounds, and discuss how and where to network.

  • Meet an eminent female psychologist at the APAGS event, "Women Supporting Women: Mentoring Between APAGS and Eminent Psychologists." The program will include discussions about what women want out of mentoring relationships. The program will conclude with a women's mentoring hour designed to connect graduate students with seasoned psychologists willing to network and provide mentoring.

  • Have a bagel with some of psychology's leaders at one of the four APAGS-sponsored "Food for Thought" breakfasts, where students can meet and network with eminent psychologists. The breakfasts will be held at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, including the psychologists who will attend the breakfasts, visit the APAGS Web site.

  • Explain the importance of psychology to your representatives on Capitol Hill during a two-day, pre-convention advocacy training workshop co-sponsored by APAGS and APA's Public Policy Office. Participants will spend the first day learning about the legislative process, as well as preparing for a visit to one of their home state's senator's offices on the second day. A small stipend may be available to students. For more information, see APA PPO or e-mail APA legislative assistant Amanda Ring.

-D. SMITH BAILEY AND L. WINERMAN