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Summer Programs Give Undergraduates a Boost

The SSI participants were exposed to a variety of areas in child development, cognitive psychology, biological psychology, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, neuroscience, emotion, language & memory, personality & social psychology, and industrial/organizational psychology.

By Jennifer Webb

During summer 2006, 48 promising undergraduate students from large and small colleges and universities across the country had the great pleasure to dive into psychological science at the Science Directorate's summer undergraduate programs, Summer Science Institute (SSI) and Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology (ASTP).

The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities hosted the twelfth session of SSI, where Gordon Legge, Chair of Department of Psychology, and Nicki Crick, Director of the Institute of Child Development, welcomed 32 undergraduate students to the ten day program. These talented students spent their days immersed in scientific psychology through morning seminars and afternoon laboratory research experiences led by twenty-one of University of Minnesota's faculty and graduate students. The students were assigned to labs where they conducted research, culminating in end-of-the-week presentations of their experiences. The SSI participants were exposed to a variety of areas in child development, cognitive psychology, biological psychology, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, neuroscience, emotion, language & memory, personality & social psychology, and industrial/organizational psychology.

SSI evenings were spent learning about graduate school, non-academic careers in psychological science, and various topics and concepts in psychology. When the students weren't engaged in these activities, they were bowling, shooting pool, playing Texas Hold'em, visiting the Mall of America, or seeing the sites of the Twin Cities. The participants were led through the SSI expedition by three UMN graduate students, Corrie Hunt, Jesse Mason Jr., and Maria Pabón; and Institute leaders, Brett Pelham and Jennifer Webb.

Half way across the country at George Washington University in Washington, DC, sixteen promising students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in psychology were led through nine days of psychological statistics and research methods by Brett Pelham, Associate Professor at State University of New York, Buffalo, Keith Maddox, Associate Professor of Psychology at Tufts University, and Mauricio Carvallo, graduate student at the University of New York during APA's ASTP. The students were challenged with lectures, SPSS activities, hands-on activities, and discussions of grad school. The institute leaders not only led the students through analyzing and interpreting data, but they also led them through juggling and Texas Hold'em lessons and a tour of the nation's capital. 

2006 SSI participants were:Samantha Breakstone, Vanderbilt University; Morgan Burton, University of St. Thomas; Curtis Chan, Harvard University; Maribel Diaz, Stanford University; Anna Dinndorf, Washington University in St. Louis; Stephen Goggin, Rice University; Jo Ling Goh, Oberlin College; Andrea Goldstein, Bryn Mawr College; Amanda Harsin, South Dakota State University; Chelsea Heinz, Alfred University; Nova Hinman, Hope College; Camelia Hostinar, Towson University; Girwan Khadka, Southern Arkansas University; Pulum Kim, University of Minnesota, Morris; Ilana Klarman, Amherst College; Alexandra Kraus, University of Michigan; Adam Kynaston, Utah State University; Sam Levine, Cornell University; Elan McCollum, Smith College; Nneka Morris, Hampton University; Elizabeth Nguyen, Randolph-Macon Woman's College; Anthony Odland, Saint John's University; Lacy Olson, San Diego State University; Evgeniya Pavlova, Saint Peter's College; Crystal Powell, Fayetteville State University; Jessica Sampias, Bradley University; Kathy Sentman, Illinois Weslayan University; Landon Small, University of Northern Iowa; Julija Stelmokas, McGill University; Bertha Wong, University of Western Ontario; Kathryn Wunderlee, Amherst College; Joanna Vandever, Black Hills State University

ASTP 2006 participants included:Aaron Bolton, Augustana College; Daniel Bradford, Auburn University; Rebecca Breckenridge, Arkansas State University; Millicent Bynum, Spelman College; Yazmin Heredia, Aquinas College; Eileen Marks, Belmont University; Jennifer Masdea, University of Massachusetts Boston; Crystal McWhirter, Coastal Carolina University; Alex Mizerski, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Sheri Nsamenang, New Mexico Highlands University; Jessica Palacios, Longwood University; Shivani Patel, University of South Florida; Joe Randell, East Central University; Goali Saedi, Portland State University; Paul Schmidt, SUNY Albany; Christine Yates, Emporia State University

Planning has begun for SSI and ASTP 2007. Announcements and program information will be available on the Science Directorate website in November.