From the APA Science Student Council

Going to the APA Convention?

This month, and every month for the next year or so, the Science Student Council will present useful information that other graduate students need to know

The Science Student Council is a group of nine graduate students who spend a couple of weekends a year with the Science staff, advising us on programs and activities that would benefit graduate students in psychological science. This month, and every month for the next year or so, the students will present useful information that other graduate students need to know! Visit the Science Student Council to learn more about the activities of the SSC.

Going to the APA Convention?
by Camilla Hileman

If youre a science-oriented graduate student and youre going to the APA Convention in August, the Science Student Council has designed three convention sessions with YOU in mind! Dont miss out on the opportunity to attend these exciting sessions!

Conducting interdisciplinary research--A guide for graduate students
Sunday, August 19, at 4:00 pm

Are you a developmental psychologist--and a secret aficionado of tennis? Perhaps youre a neuroscientist – but you have dreams of starring in a Broadway musical! In interdisciplinary research, two different fields (sometimes strikingly different fields!) come together to inform one research project. Interdisciplinary research is often on the cutting edge of research – researchers push past traditional boundaries and boldly go where no researcher has ever gone before! Due to its innovative and creative nature, interdisciplinary research presents a unique set of challenges. In this session, our panel of experts will guide you through the process of conducting interdisciplinary research. Learn the “tricks of the trade” from interdisciplinary scientists themselves! Lois Tetrick, Elissa Epel, and Baldwin Way comprise the panel for this exciting session.

Feeling rejected?? Graduate students dealing with the journal review process
Sunday August 19, at 3:00 pm

Your journal article wasnt accepted... what do you do now? Revise and resubmit? Try a different journal? Give up completely? Before you throw in the towel, get some advice from the experts! Let our panel of experts walk you through the peer review process and explain some of your post-review options. This panel will offer thoughtful advice on dealing with those murky reviews, including reviews that might seem insulting in nature, reviewers that express different opinions, and reviews you simply don’t agree with! Panelists include Robert Kaplan (Editor in Chief of Health Psychology), Matt Lieberman (Editor in chief of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience), and William Stoops, representing the views and experiences of a recent post-doc.

Psychological science graduate superstars: Datablitz
Saturday, August 18, at 11:00 am

Two minutes, two slides! In this session, 18 top graduate students from around the country will present their research at a lightning-fast pace. Go ahead and skip your morning coffee (coffee will be available in the room!) – this session is sure to keep you on your toes! From prosocial behavior in high-risk toddlers to motor stereotypy in macaques, these presentations will span multiple research domains of psychology. Whatever your area of research, this session is guaranteed to have something to pique your interest! Come join in the excitement, cheer for your favorites, and watch as the students race to complete their presentations in under two minutes!

When you aren’t attending these convention sessions, check out some of the other convention highlights. The Science Directorate provides a valuable list of science-oriented presentations – a great way to help the research-oriented student navigate through the convention! Also, don’t forget about the big-name speakers sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation. Prominent psychologists, such as John Monahan, Baron Perlman, Donald Stuss, James Gallagher, Bruce McEwen, and Michael Wessells, are only a presentation away. Be sure to add these convention highlights to your schedule … and see you in August!

APA Listservs for Informed Minds
by Felix Thoemmes

Listservs and Newsletters are a great way to keep yourself informed about the latest events within APA: funding opportunities, award deadlines, job openings, and other relevant topics.

Listservs are simply email distribution lists that allow subscribed members to obtain and disseminate information via email. Some of the listservs available allow direct input from you to other subscribed members; others are more restrictive and function more as a newsletter to subscribed recipients. However, all listservs work via email, are easy to set up on the APA website, and provide up-to-date information about the latest events. For most of the listservs, a single subscription email is all that is needed to sign up and even that can be done easily and hassle-free on the APA website. The web-based listserv management service offered by APA makes it easy to subscribe to one of the mentioned mailing lists. After providing an email address and password for the initial registration, a simple click on “Join” is all it takes to subscribe to the listserv of your choice. More detailed information on this process is available on the website.

APA has set up comprehensive lists of all listservs that are being maintained through the APA server. These lists include overarching committees and boards, most of the divisions within APA, and many “local” entities within APA. The lists are currently accessible online through two websites:

APA's Listserv Website 
APA's Listserv Archives

Both websites can be used for the management of your subscriptions. Through the sites you can subscribe, unsubscribe, post messages, and search the complete archives of any of the listservs that you are eligible to access or are already subscribed to.

APA has listservs that vary in terms of the audience addressed and the scope of the information provided. They range from very general listservs announcements tailored to a larger audience of researchers, professionals, practitioners, or students to quite specific ones that contain information relevant to just a single division or special interest group. Among the most subscribed of these mailing lists are:

  • The Science Oriented Grad Students List that announces relevant topics to science-oriented students

  • The Science Policy Insider News (SPIN) by the APAs Public Policy Office that informs about current advocacy issues

  • The APAGS Special Announcement mailing list that caters information relevant to Psychology Graduate Students in general

  • The Advancing Psychology E-news newsletter;

All of these listservs provide information relevant to a wide audience within APA.

If you are not already subscribed, or just want to know what kind of listservs are out there, visit one of the sites mentioned above and give it a try. You will be surprised by all the information that is floating around the APA listservs.