Here are the top don't-miss sessions for graduate students during APA's 2012 Annual convention, Aug. 2–5, Orlando, Fla.:
"Flying Solo Social Hour," Aug. 2, 6–6:50 p.m. Attending convention by yourself? Join the APAGS Convention Committee at the Flying Solo Social. We will connect you with other students who are attending convention alone. After the social, groups will have the option to travel to the next APAGS Social Event at Howl at the Moon.
"Howl at the Moon Social," Aug. 2, 7–9 p.m. Join APAGS for excitement and fun at the high-energy, dueling piano bar Howl at the Moon. This hip venue will host APAGS members and their guests for a night of singing, networking and partying. Please note that you must obtain a ticket from the APAGS Booth in order to attend this event.
"Women Supporting Women: Mentoring Between APAGS and Eminent Psychologists," Aug. 3, 4–4:50 p.m. This special social hour will allow participants to mingle and enjoy conversations with eminent female psychologists who would like to offer support and mentorship to APAGS members.
"Meet and Greet with Internship Training Directors," Aug. 4, 2–3:50 p.m. This social hour gives students the chance to mingle with training directors from all over the country and gather information about specific sites.
"Food for Thought: Breakfast with Philip Zimbardo," Aug. 3, 7:30–8:30 a.m. Philip Zimbardo, PhD, is internationally recognized as the "voice and face of contemporary psychology" through his widely viewed PBS-TV series, "Discovering Psychology," media appearances, best-selling trade books and classic research, the Stanford Prison Experiment.
"To Boldly Go: Harnessing the Power of New Media and the APAGS New Media Guide," Aug. 2, 10–10:50 a.m. Speakers: Ali M. Mattu, PhD, Catholic University of America (co-chair); Ryan R. Landoll, University of Miami (co-chair). This session focuses on using new and social media to establish a professional online identity, network with colleagues, conduct research, collaborate with students and build clinical practices.
"Alternative Career Paths with a Doctorate in Psychology," Aug. 2, 3–3:50 p.m. Speakers: Konstantin Cigularov, PhD; Robert Allen, PhD; Gloria Balague, PhD. This session will explore alternative careers available to graduates with a psychology doctorate. Speakers include a sports psychologist and an organizational psychologist.
"Graduate Student Debt, Starting Salaries and Loan Forgiveness Options," Aug. 4, 9–9:50 a.m. Speakers: Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, APAGS; William E. Pate, Ad Hoc Analytics. This program reviews recent data on graduate student debt and starting salaries, and concludes with a review of the federal loan forgiveness program and options for psychologists who work in the public sector.