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To encourage psychology graduate students to get involved in policymaking, groups within APA's Council of Representatives are offering two trips to Washington, D.C.: The Aug. 4 PsycAdvocates Day 2011, during which students will meet with their congressional representatives, and a visit to participate in the council's meeting in February 2012.

During PsycAdvocates Day 2011 on Aug. 4, psychologists and students will hear presentations from APA staff about legislative issues and strategies for persuading policymakers to support psychology education before meeting with members of Congress and their staff. The council's Public Interest Caucus is offering two $500 scholarships to psychology graduate students who'd like to participate in the event. To be eligible, students must be pursing either a master's degree or a doctorate in psychology. Applications are due June 30.

The second opportunity allows students to see APA's Council of Representatives in action. Few groups in psychology are more influential than APA's council, which is made up of APA's Board of Directors plus 162 elected representatives from divisions and state, provincial and territorial psychological associations. The group sets APA's dues and budget, and determines the association's stance on such topics as assisted suicide, psychology licensure and same-sex marriage. To see the council in action, apply for an expenses-paid trip to its Feb. 24-26 meeting in Washington, D.C. Doctoral students in psychology with the goal of becoming scientist-practitioners are eligible for the award, which is sponsored by the Assembly of Scientist/Practitioner Psychologists. Application instructions are on the ASPP Student Travel Award webpage. Applications are due July 1.