Psychology graduate students will find a surprise in their mailboxes this May: an APA magazine published just for them.
The new publication, gradPSYCH, will be mailed to members of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), paid APA Student Affiliates and others who subscribe three times per year: January, April and September (winter, spring and fall), starting in 2004. There will be two issues in 2003. Anyone who subscribes now will receive 2003's two issues for the price of one.
Geared for graduate students across the range of research and practice areas, the 48-page, four-color publication will serve as both student information source and community center. Interviews, articles and columns will cover such topics as psychology careers, training and supervision, financial management and APAGS and APA activities.
Students can look to the magazine for everything from overviews of emerging trends in psychology practice, research and education to advice on finding an internship or postdoc, or starting and completing a dissertation. A Web site will also link to the magazine, and is slated to feature discussions on selected articles.
"By creating this new magazine that will address issues that are central to their training, career preparation and professional development, we hope that students will see just how committed all of APA is to increasing the visibility of student concerns and interests," says APAGS Associate Executive Director Carol Williams-Nickelson, PsyD, who notes that APAGS members represent nearly one-third of APA's membership.
The new publication's name, gradPSYCH, comes from Pamela K. Niesluchowski, a student in the clinical PsyD program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She submitted the suggestion in a contest to name the magazine, held by APAGS and the Monitor over the APAGS listservs last year. The APAGS chair, its associate executive director and the publication's editor selected Niesluchowski's submission from among the more than 1,600 received because it is short, catchy and encapsulates what the new magazine will be--a publication especially for graduate psychology students.
For submitting the winning name, Niesluchowski won the following prizes:
Voucher toward travel to APA's Annual Convention, $300.
Free APA Annual Convention registration, $50.
Free one-year APA membership, $40.
APA Publication Manual, $23.95.
Free journal subscription, $57.
APAGS members have already been contributing to the publication's development--offering input on its editorial coverage in focus groups. APA leadership says that in addition to providing students with an expanded member benefit with news they can use, the magazine is expected to be a Member-recruitment aid.
"Graduate students represent the future of APA and the field of psychology," says Norman B. Anderson, PhD, APA's chief executive officer. "gradPSYCH will help graduate students become a part of APA at an early stage of their professional careers and get them started on the road to full membership in APA."