In March, APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD, welcomed to APA three high school students recognized for their achievements in behavioral and social science in the Washington, D.C.-based 2004 Intel Science Talent Search Competition.
Allyson Goldberg of Croton-Harmon High School in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., Rohini Rau-Murthy of Yorktown High School in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Jayne Wolfson of Byram Hills High School in Armonk, N.Y., were among 40 high school finalists in the Science Service Organization-administered, Intel Corp.-sponsored talent search--America's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition.
For the competition, Goldberg researched the impact of body temperature and time of day on cognitive performance, Rau-Murthy studied the relationship between stereotypes, gender and math performance and Wolfson investigated a possible link between cognitive development and "pretend play" in toddlers. Wolfson placed sixth overall and received a $25,000 scholarship.
She and her two colleagues chose to visit APA as part of a competition option allowing participants to spend a day at host organizations--including the National Institutes of Health, CIA and FBI--related to their scientific interests. At APA, the students met with representatives from APA's Education and Science Directorates and the Society for Research in Child Development to discuss opportunities in psychology.
APA, the American Psychological Foundation (APF) and APA's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) also invited semifinalists from the Intel talent search and high school students sponsored by TOPSS members to submit projects on psychological research for the APF/TOPSS Excellence in High School Student Research Awards.
APA is also increasing its involvement in the Intel talent search and other national science fairs. For more information on this initiative, contact the Precollege and Undergraduate Education Office at the APA address; (202) 336-6076.