The psychology department at Washington University in St. Louis hosted this year's APA Summer Science Institute (SSI), held June 14-20 and attended by 32 undergraduate students.

Sponsored by APA's Science Directorate and now in its eighth year, the institute showcases psychological science to bright sophomores and juniors to interest them in careers in psychological science.

This year's students attended presentations on language and neurosurgery, cognition and brain function in schizophrenia, eating disorders and obesity, speech perception, and memory. The presentations, given by faculty at Washington University's psychology department, were organized by department chair Henry Roediger III, PhD.

Students toured faculty labs to get a first-hand look at research and learned about psychology careers and graduate school. In evening panel discussions, Washington University graduate students talked about graduate student life and offered advice on how to apply and prepare for grad school. In addition, psychological scientists working outside of academe discussed the broad range of nonacademic career options. Students capped off their week by attending a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game.

Information about the 2004 SSI will be available on the Science Directorate Web site.