Information for HIV/AIDS Researchers

Undergrad

Be a self-starter. Find out which faculty members volunteer in the community or do AIDS research. Try to volunteer as a research assistant or take part in community efforts. These are good ways to learn more about AIDS and the problems associated with HIV--drugs alcohol, sex and other psychological problems. Think about the health care system, stigma, and the economics of prevention and treatment. Identify faculty who have a reputation for mentoring their students and work with them to assist in your career development. Participate sufficiently so that you can become a co-author on publications. (This could be money in the bank for graduate school.)

Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology

The following principles for undergraduate education in psychology are designed for creating:

  • A world-class educational system that provides students with the workplace skills needed in this information age;
  • A solid academic background that prepares them for advanced study in a wide range of fields; and
  • The knowledge, skills, and abilities that will enhance their personal lives.

A quality undergraduate education is designed to produce psychologically literate citizens who apply the principles of psychological science at work and at home. We urge all stakeholders in undergraduate education in psychology to incorporate these principles in establishing goals and objectives that fit their specific institutional needs and missions.

  • Principle 1: Students Are Responsible for Monitoring and Enhancing Their Own Learning
  • Principle 2: Faculty Strive to Become Scientist–Educators Who Are Knowledgeable About and Use the Principles of the Science of Learning
  • Principle 3: Psychology Departments and Programs Create a Coherent Curriculum
  • Principle 4: Academic Administrators Support and Encourage Quality Practices in Teaching and Learning
  • Principle 5: Policymakers and the General Public Need to Understand Why Psychological Literacy is Necessary for Informed Citizens and an Effective Workforce
  • Conclusions
  • References

The National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology: A Blueprint for the Future of Our Discipline.

Student Resources for Undergraduate Education

Written for the American Psychological Association's Office on AIDS by Dr Mitnick, PhD. Dr. Mitnick joined the APA Office on AIDS as a volunteer in February of 1999. For 15 years, he served at the National Institute of Mental Health as the Associate Director for the AIDS Program.

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