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ACT honors outstanding student advocates

The APAGS Advocacy Coordinating Team (ACT) congratulates its state advocacy coordinators and campus representatives for their outstanding efforts as part of the ACT network, which monitors legislative activity that affects psychology and promotes student advocacy. The following students were recognized between June and August 2005. The ACT Excellence in Leadership Award winners are:

  • John Dencoff, of the University of New Mexico and state advocacy coordinator for New Mexico.

  • Dave Lichtenstein, of the University of Oregon and state advocacy coordinator for Oregon.

  • Barbara Higa Rogers, of Argosy University/Honolulu and state advocacy coordinator for Hawaii.

The ACT Campus Leadership Award winners are:

  • Chad Melton, of Seattle Pacific University.

  • Jennifer Perry, of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

  • Gabby Oroza, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

  • Lisa Manthey, of Eastern Michigan University.

  • Casey Augustus-Horvath, of The Ohio State University.

For more information visit the ACT Network.

ACT also awarded 2005 convention travel grants to the following two outstanding ACT representatives:

  • Ashley Bittle, of Argosy University/Phoenix and state advocacy coordinator for Utah.

  • Melissa Noya, campus representative for Carlos Albizu University.

Run for an APAGS committee position

Develop leadership skills, represent student colleagues and advocate nationally for psychology by serving on an American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) committee.

APAGS members are eligible to run for one of the following elected positions, which begin in August:

  • Chair-elect, who serves his or her 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 chair the APAGS Committee the following year. The officer also serves as a voting member of APA's Council of Represen- tatives and an ex-officio member of APA's Board of Directors for one year.

  • Member-at-large, diversity focus, who develops initiatives, programs and resources within APAGS that support diverse students and advocates for the needs of diverse students within and outside of APA.

  • Member-at-large, membership recruitment and retention focus, who helps recruit and retain APAGS-member graduate students who reflect the diversity in psychology. The officer also promotes unity within the field and educates the larger association about the products, services and resources that APAGS provides for reaching diverse students.

APAGS is also accepting applications for several subcommittee chair positions. Subcommittee chairs are appointed because the work of each APAGS subcommittee requires particular experience and expertise in specific areas. APAGS members are eligible to submit applications for one of the following appointed positions, which begin in August:

  • Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs chair, who promotes and oversees the grant allocation program for regional multicultural events, develops programs and initiatives to promote ethnic-minority student interests, and works with APA boards and committees that address ethnic-minority issues.

  • Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns (LGBTC) chair, who identifies and advocates for the needs of LGBT students and develops APAGS resources, programs and initiatives to promote the interests of LGBT students.

The application deadline for all positions is Feb. 10. 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 election time. For detailed position descriptions and information on how to apply, visit the APAGS Web site

Present at convention!

The 2006 APA Annual Convention, Aug. 10-13 in New Orleans, might seem far off, but the APAGS programming proposal deadline is fast-approaching. Application materials are due to APA by Dec. 2.

Students who present gain networking opportunities and invaluable public-speaking experience, says APAGS Convention Committee Chair Marina Field, a third-year social and organizational psychology student at Columbia University.

"This is really an opportunity where students can choose to practice their skills and shine,"she notes.

For 2006, the committee seeks submissions on a wide range of topics.

"We try to make our programming geared so that there's something for everyone, regardless of your specialty," she explains. The committee will review the proposals and select the programs early next year.

To learn more about submitting programs for next year's convention, visit APAGS convention Web site. APAGS follows APA rules for convention submissions.

Apply for the 2006 Graduate Student Ethics Prize

The APA Ethics Committee and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) are seeking submissions for the fifth Graduate Student Ethics Prize, an annual prize for a graduate student paper on psychology and ethics.

The winner receives $1,000, a round-trip ticket to APA's 2006 Annual Convention in New Orleans, Aug. 10-13, and three nights of hotel accommodation. The winner will accept his or her prize at the convention and present a talk about the winning topic and have the paper published in Ethics & Behavior.

"Psychology and ethics" broadly includes any empirical or theoretical paper that examines psychology and ethics in relation to science or research, practice, education, public interest or theory of ethics. The paper must indicate why its particular focus is worthy of attention. The prize is open to any APAGS member currently enrolled in a psychology graduate program.

The student author must be able to claim sole authorship of the paper, and fleshed-out papers written for ethics courses are acceptable. The awards committee will judge papers based upon quality and originality of ideas, clarity of analysis and expression and adequacy of literature review. For submission guidelines and further information, visit the APA Ethics Office Web site at www.apa.org/ethics. For more on the 2005 winner, see page 35.

Nominate your state association

APAGS seeks nominations from students for the 2006 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, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs) present this $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 are not eligible for the 2006 award.

Committee on Ethic Minority Affairs offers minority recruitment grants

The APAGS Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs seeks applications for two $500 grants for projects that aim to recruit, retain or enhance the training of ethnic-minority psychology graduate students. Examples include workshops, conferences, speaker series, mentorship programs and the development of student organizations with a focus on multiculturalism or ethnic-minority concerns. Applications are due Dec. 1.

Visit APA Div 31 for details.

Apply for professional development award

APAGS offers the $500 Stuart C. Tentoni Outstanding Professional Development Program Award to encourage students to submit proposals for APAGS convention programming and to attend and participate in APA's Annual Convention. There is no formal application for this award, and all accepted program submissions that meet the award criteria are automatically nominated. The 2005 award was presented to Anya T. Griffin, of the Department of Mental Health Services at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, for chairing the program titled "Diversity Within Internship Training: Intern Perspectives on Clinical Practice." Other presenters included: Cheryl F. Cabero, Francisco Rocco, Ginger Apling, Tricia Fong and Robert W. Colegrove, EdD.


Free New York City graduate psychology program listing available

The Eastern region of Psi Chi has created a free one-page listing of New York City's 35 psychology graduate training programs for students and faculty advisers. The listing includes a city map, a breakdown of specialties and degrees and data on applications and acceptances. For a copy, send a stamped envelope to Harold Takooshian, PhD, Fordham University, No. 916, New York, NY 10023.