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APA Summer Programs for Undergraduates Continue to Meet a Need


By Amy Pitta

Summer Science Fellow Joel Chan is outfitted for a study on procedural memory
by Raj Ratwani, of George Mason University.

APA undergraduate summer programs are designed to give promising undergraduate students an opportunity to experience advanced psychological methods through seminars and laboratory activities. These programs are a fun way for students to equip themselves with the skills essential to enter and succeed in graduate school, while meeting students from across the country with the same interests.

Summer Science Fellowships

The APA Science Directorate introduced a new program this summer -- the Summer Science Fellowships (SSF). An offshoot of the successful Summer Science Institute, SSF immersed advanced undergraduate students in the science of psychology by exposing them to the excitement and promise of the best of psychological science. The principal objective was to help prepare them for the rigors of graduate study in psychological science.

The SSF program gave students an opportunity to explore the intellectual, personal, and social processes of scientific inquiry and to experience cutting-edge psychological research through hands-on laboratory activities. SSF offered promising students the opportunity to equip themselves with the skills essential to success in graduate school, and gave students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in psychological science the opportunity to be mentored by nationally-known faculty.

Twelve talented students were placed in psychology laboratories at George Mason University, George Washington University, the University of Maryland, and The Johns Hopkins University. For six weeks, (June 23 – August 2), these students were mentored by some of the most outstanding researchers in the Washington, DC area. During the intensive, expenses-paid summer program, the twelve Summer Science Fellows had the opportunity to work closely with faculty, graduate students, and postdocs, all while receiving one-on-one guidance from an SSF mentor.

This year’s 12 outstanding fellows were chosen from a pool of nearly 500 applicants. Their names, universities, SSF mentors (in italics), and university placements (in italics) are listed below.

Kimberly Alexander
Stony Brook University
George Howe, PhD
George Washington University

Joel Chan
University of the Ozarks
Greg Trafton, PhD
George Mason University

Shelby Cooley
Scripps College
Melanie Killen, PhD
University of Maryland

Adam Emfield
Idaho State University
James Thompson, PhD
George Mason University

Laura Flynn
Skidmore College
George Howe, PhD
George Washington University

Stefanie Holman
University of Alabama, Montgomery
Nathan Fox, PhD
University of Maryland

Jessica Kang
University of Washington
Amanda Woodward, PhD
University of Maryland

Benjamin Majors
Washington College
Amy Shelton, PhD
Johns Hopkins University

Drew Solyst
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Adam Winsler, PhD
George Mason University

Oth Tran
University of Virginia
Amy Shelton, PhD
Johns Hopkins University

Kathleen Vieira
University of Florida
Amanda Woodward, PhD
University of Maryland

Vincent Woolfolk
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Eden King, PhD
George Mason University

For complete details about the program, please visit APA's Science Directorate.

Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology

The Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology (ASTP) is an intensive, 9-day, seminar on statistics and research methods in a dynamic setting that emphasizes hands-on computer skills. Students are mentally stimulated with lectures, SPSS activities, hands-on activities, and discussions of graduate school. After a full day of t-tests, multiple regression, linear correlation, ANOVA, and repeated measures design, students have the opportunity to participate in blackjack workshops, juggling workshops, Charades, and other fun.

The ASTP targets rising seniors who are from traditionally under-represented groups in psychology. The definition of underrepresented groups for this program is broad, including students who are members of ethnic minority groups, first generation college students, and students who have had to overcome other kinds of social or economic barriers on the road to academic excellence.

For 2008, 17 talented students were selected for the program, which was held on the University of Maryland campus, July 12-20. Instructors for ASTP were Dr. Brett Pelham, Dr. Keith Maddox, and Dr. Mauricio Carvallo.

This year’s ASTP students, along with their home universities, are listed below.

Arnold Bae
California State University, Northridge

Jose Cantt
Barry University

Kit Cho
City College of New York

Lawrence Cho
University of California, Riverside

Collin Christensen
Southwest Baptist University

Sohee Kim
Lehigh University

Rita Ludwig
New York University

Felicia Mualim
University of California, Los Angeles

Martina Michlickova
Baruch College

Olamide Oduyingbo
Quinnipiac University

DeMarcus Pegues
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Harlee Pratt
SUNY Cortland

Andrew Stewart
Colorado State University

Tanisha Stewart
American International College

Jennifer Stoltzfus
Millersville University

Roy Taggueg
University of California, Irvine

Naomi (Rachel) Walker
Texas Women’s University