March 2006 | Vol. 4 No. 2

March 2006 gradPSYCH Magazine cover

COVER PACKAGE: Tools for teaching

  • Conversation starters

    How you can get students to participate in classroom discussions that stimulate critical thinking.

  • Learning to teach, teaching to learn

    Want to be an effective teacher? Find creative ways to engage students–and yourself–in the material.

  • Lights, camera, action

    Movies, music and other media can enliven your classroom.

  • Students teaching

    Graduate students are gearing up to teach through preparatory programs and by honing their skills at community colleges and local universities.

  • Tapping teamwork

    Experts offer advice on using group work to activate student learning.

  • What to expect in class discussions

    How to handle troublesome students who talk too much, are shy, argue and debate, or are completely uninterested

  • What's in a grade?

    Set your grading criteria and stick to them, say experienced instructors.


Get down to business

Learn the basics of starting your own practice.


From bands to electroencephalograms

A love of music, combined with the tools of experimental psychology, drives a graduate-student's research.

Paper in a typewriter titled "Chapter 1"


Lessons in advocacy

More education and training programs are giving graduate students the skills they need to promote psychology's mission.

Navigating the stacks

Getting to know all the library can offer can save you time—and boost your research know-how.

Older and wiser

Students weigh in on their decision to take up psychology as a second career.

Peers with problems

Students can help when peers are in trouble.

Publishing your dissertation

The process may seem daunting, but publishing your dissertation is doable if you follow some simple steps.


APA launches new funding site

The Psychology Career Support Initiative has consolidated information about loan-repayment programs and training funds in one spot on APA's Funding website

Loan repayment

Programs relieve researchers and clinicians from burdensome student debt.

The Latest

  • APAGS scholarship funds student's cultural education

    The $1,000 David Pilon Scholarship for Training in Professional Psychology provides graduate students with education and professional development opportunities that they might not otherwise be able to pursue

  • Apply for annual positive psychology prize

    The John Templeton Foundation seeks applications for the eighth annual Martin E.P. Seligman Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research in Positive Psychology

  • Fund your studies with Department of Education grant

    The U.S. Department of Education is currently accepting applications for the 2007 Jacob K. Javits Fellowship program, in which doctoral students in the fine arts and humanities receive tuition and a need-based stipend

  • International travel funds available

    APA International Travel Grants offered by APA's Office of International Affairs cover up to $400 of conference registration fees to attend a psychology conference outside the United States

  • New books offer advice for students

    Three new APA books aim to guide students through graduate school and early-career hurdles, from dissertations to certification

  • Prepare now for your job hunt

    In order to get ready for job hunting, students should talk to their advisor, network, consider priorities, and look at all possible job sources

  • Psi Chi offers graduate, undergraduate internship grant opportunities

    Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, is seeking applications for funds for two student internship opportunities: a research internship at the FBI and an intern post for undergraduates at APA's Science Directorate

  • SSC honors promising early research

    APA's Science Student Council (SSC) has presented two psychology graduate students with its second annual Early Research Awards-one each in applied and basic psychological research

  • Students: Get ready for the 2006 APA Convention

    Student-focused sessions at convention will cover topics such as internship preparation, mentoring, self-care, dissertations, building a practice, licensure and certification, practicum, diversity issues and navigating the convention

  • Vote for APAGS leaders

    Voting for the 2006 APAGS elections will take place March 27-April 28