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Undergraduates: Rev Up Your Applications!

By Jennifer Webb

The Science Directorate's two summer programs for promising undergraduate students are now open for application! Please recommend your most promising students for these incomparable experiences. The twelfth Summer Science Institute (SSI) and the third Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology (ASTP) will again host the cream of the undergraduate crop - please pass this information along!

Applications for the Summer Science Institute, to be held at the University of Minnesota June 16 - 25, will be accepted until February 6, 2006. At SSI, 32 exceptional undergraduate students will be immersed in the science of psychology. During the intensive session, students will explore the intellectual, personal, and social nature of research in psychology through stimulating group seminars and laboratory experiences.

SSI will stress the importance of the scientific method in psychology. Students will have the opportunity to learn from distinguished faculty at one of the nation's top graduate programs in psychology. Among the topical areas that may be explored are: biopsychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, learning and conditioning, health psychology, clinical psychology, and developmental psychology. We'll also cover some important practical topics, including deciding on graduate study and careers in scientific psychology.

Applications for ASTP, to be held at The George Washington University July 8 - 16, 2006, will be accepted until February 20, 2006. This program is designed to give rising seniors, who plan to pursue advanced degrees in psychological science, the opportunity to learn about statistics and research methods in a dynamic setting that emphasizes hands-on computer skills. ASTP targets students from traditionally underrepresented groups in psychology. The definition of underrepresented groups for this program is broad and includes members of ethnic minority groups, first generation college students, and students who have had to overcome other kinds of social, physical or economic barriers on the road to academic excellence.

Contact Jennifer Webb for information about these programs.