Announcements

December 2006 Announcements

Call for Nominations for the 2007 APA Science Student Council (APASSC); Applications Available for Undergraduate Summer Science Programs; APA Invites Applications for 2007-2008 Science Policy Fellowship; Call for Nominations: Meritorious Research Service Commendation; Call for Nominations: Neal Miller Distinguished Lecture; Call for Nominations: Master Lecturers and Distinguished Scientist Lecturers

Call for Nominations for the 2007 APA Science Student Council (APASSC)

The Science Directorate requests your help in making nominations to the APA Science Student Council (APASSC). Formed in 1993, the APASSC is a diverse group of science-oriented psychology graduate students who serve as an advisory group to the APA Science Directorate. The Council represents the interests of science-oriented students by providing valuable advice to the Directorate on how it can best serve the science student population. The Council has been actively involved in a number of projects, including awarding prizes for graduate-level research, organizing student programs for the APA Convention and making recommendations on the Directorate's student programs. The Council reports to the Board of Scientific Affairs and works cooperatively with the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students.

The Directorate is seeking nominations of second or third year graduate students, or first year graduate students with a master's degree in psychology, to serve a two-year term for the 2007 and 2008 calendar years, during which time they must be actively engaged in their programs. Council members are required to attend two weekend meetings per year during the term in Washington, DC, at APA's expense. The first meeting of this term will take place March 23-25, 2007. In addition, council members are expected to remain available during an unofficial third (non-meeting) year to advise new incoming members.
Four (4) positions are currently available on the Council, one position in each of the following areas of research:

  • Biopsychology
    Sample areas of interest: Neurobiological Mechanisms Underlying Behavior

  • Cognitive Science
    Sample areas of interest: Sensation/perception, Action, Memory, Learning

  • Developmental Psychology
    Sample areas of interest: Infancy, Gerontology, Emerging Adulthood, Lifespan Development

  • Industrial/Organizational Research
    Sample areas of interest: Industrial, Organizational, Occupational Health

All nominations must be received by Friday, February 2, 2007, and must include the following materials:

  • A letter of recommendation (not to exceed 500 words) from the student's advisor, co-signed by the Department Chair, endorsing the nomination.

  • An essay written by the student about why s/he wants to be on the Council and how s/he could contribute as a Council member (not to exceed 500 words).

  • A description written by the student about his/her research in psychology that demonstrates commitment to psychological science (not to exceed 500 words).

  • An abbreviated curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages).

Please direct questions and nominations to the APA Science Directorate, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; tel.: 202-336-6000; email.

New members will be selected by February 16, 2007.

For more information on the APASSC and the Council's current projects, please visit the APA Science Student Council.


Applications Available for Undergraduate Summer Science Programs

The Science Directorate is now accepting applications for its two premier summer undergraduate research programs -- the thirteenth Summer Science Institute (SSI) and the fourth Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology (ASTP).

The Summer Science Institute will be held at the University of California, San Diego, June 22 - July 1, 2007, with applications accepted until February 16, 2007. 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 areas that may be explored are: biological psychopathology, clinical science and psychopathology research, cognitive and biological psychology, counseling psychology, differential psychology/behavior genetics, industrial/organizational psychology, personality research, psychometric/quantitative methods, school psychology, and social psychology. We'll also cover some important practical topics, including deciding on graduate study and careers in scientific psychology.

Here's what one student said about the SSI experience: "There is something to be gained by everyone at SSI. I even learned about fields in Psychology that I was not aware existed. It was very intellectually exciting to be surrounded by peers and faculty who had very similar interests and ambitions to the ones I have. SSI is a very well structured program and I would highly recommend it to any undergraduate who is interested in pursuing-or even considering—a career in Psychology."

Applications for ASTP, to be held at the American Psychological Association July 14 - 22, 2007, will be accepted until March 2, 2007. 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.

Here is a comment from a recent ASTP participant: "Not only did I learn some of the fundamental skills I will need in grad school, it was also a great networking experience."


APA Invites Applications for 2007-2008 Science Policy Fellowship

APA's Science Directorate invites psychologists to apply in January for its annual Science Policy Fellowship program. One Fellow will spend the 2007-2008 academic year working as a special assistant in an executive branch science agency, with specific, individualized placement based on the Fellow's expertise and interests. Past APA Science Policy Fellows have worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Science Foundation.

The overall goals of the program are to provide psychological scientists an invaluable learning experience in research administration and policy, while contributing to more effective use of psychological knowledge within federal science mission agencies. The prospective Fellow must demonstrate competence in scientific psychology and show strong interest in applying psychological knowledge to national science policy issues. Complete application instructions and materials are available on the Science Public Policy Office website and Heather Kelly may be contacted at (202) 336-5932 or via email for more information about the Fellowship.


Call for Nominations: Meritorious Research Service Commendation

The APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) is soliciting nominations for the Meritorious Research Service Commendation. This commendation recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their service as employees of the federal government or other organizations. Contributions are defined according to service to the field that directly or indirectly advances opportunities and resources for psychological science. This may include staff at federal or non-federal research funding, regulatory or other agencies. Nominees may be active or retired but ordinarily will have a minimum of 10 years of such service. The individual's personal scholarly achievements (i.e., research, teaching, and writing) are not considered in the selection process independent of their service contributions.

To submit a nomination provide the following:

  • A letter of nomination that describes and supports the individual's contributions (e.g., nature of the individual's service to psychological science, positions held, program development activities). The nomination letters should be no more than two pages long.

  • A curriculum vita

  • Three letters of support from scientists, at least two from outside the nominee's organization

Deadline for submitting nominations is March 1, 2007. Please send nominations to Suzanne Wandersman. For a list of past recipients, please see the Psychological Science Agenda Past Awards.


Call for Nominations: Neal Miller Distinguished Lecture

The American Psychological Association's (APA) Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) is soliciting nominations for speakers for the 2008 Neal Miller Distinguished Lecture that is scheduled during the APA Convention in Boston, MA, August 14-17, 2008. This annual presentation spotlights experts in neuroscience and animal research. The selected speaker receives reimbursement for his/her travel expenses, up to $1,000. BSA will select the speaker at its 2007 spring meeting.

BSA is pleased to be able to dedicate time during the APA convention to neuroscience and animal research. The board honored the eminent neuroscientist Neal Miller by naming the lecture after him. Past speakers include: Neal Miller, Nancy Wexler, Larry Squire, Joseph LeDoux, Martha McClintock, Robert Adar, Linda Bartoshuk, Steven Maier, Elizabeth Gould, Edward Taub, J. Bruce Overmier, Lynn Nadel, and Bruce McEwen.

Please send a vita for your nominee by email or fax (202-336-5953) to Suzanne Wandersman, APA Science Directorate, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC. 20002-4242. Nominations must be received by February 12, 2007.


Call for Nominations: Master Lecturers and Distinguished Scientist Lecturers

The American Psychological Association's (APA) Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) is soliciting nominations for speakers for the 2008 Master Lecture Program and the 2008 Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program. These annual programs spotlight experts in psychological science and are sponsored by the APA's Science Directorate.

Selected speakers receive an honorarium of $1,000 and reimbursement for travel expenses, up to $1,000. All nominees should be excellent public speakers. BSA will review all nominations at its 2007 spring meeting and begin to contact potential speakers for these programs. Nominations may be for either the Distinguished Lecture Program or the Master Lecture Program (or both).

The Master Lecture Program, developed by BSA, supports up to five (5) psychological scientists to speak at the APA Annual Convention. A list of previously selected speakers can be found online. BSA has organized the lectures into ten core areas that reflect the field. Each year, five of these areas are addressed by Master Lecturers. Speakers for the 2008 Convention, to be held in Boston, MA, August 14-17, 2008, will be chosen to have expertise in each of the following areas:

  • Developmental psychology

  • Learning, behavior and action

  • Methodology

  • Psychopathology

  • Social and cultural psychology

The Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program, developed by BSA, supports up to three (3) psychological scientists to speak at Regional Psychological Association meetings to be held in 2008. Speakers must be actively engaged in research, with expertise in any area. A list of previously selected speakers and their topics can be found online.

Please send in the name of your nominee(s) by email or fax to Suzanne Wandersman, APA Science Directorate, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC. 20002-4242 (e-mail; fax 202-336-5953). Nominations must be received by February 12, 2007.