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Apply to join the APA Science Student Council!

The Science Directorate is currently accepting applications to the APA Science Student Council (APASSC).

By Amy Pitta

The Science Directorate is currently accepting applications to the APA Science Student Council (APASSC). Formed in 1993, the APASSC is a diverse group of research-oriented psychology graduate students who serve as an advisory group to the APA Science Directorate. The Council represents the interests of research-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 applications from second or third year doctoral students, or first year doctoral students with a master's degree in psychology, to serve a two-year term for the 2009 and 2010 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.  In addition, council members are expected to remain available during an unofficial third (non-meeting) year to advise new members.

Five (5) positions will be available on the Council for the 2009-2010 term. One person in each of the following areas of research will be selected:

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

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

Psychological Methodology
Sample areas of interest: Applied Experimental Psychology, Methodology (Quantitative or Qualitative), Statistics

Please note that the Council strives for diversity in all appropriate ways, including geographic diversity. Consequently, no more than one student from any given department may occupy a seat on the APASSC at any given time. Please check the list of current members before applying. If you have a question about your eligibility, please contact the Science Directorate via email.

To apply to the APASSC, please provide the following:

  1. A letter of recommendation (not to exceed 500 words) sent directly from the student's advisor, endorsing the nomination.

  2. 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).

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

  4. Abbreviated curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages).

Applications are due electronically by close of business November 14, 2008. Please submit all application materials the Science Directorate via email. New members will be selected by early December.

Application materials may be submitted as either Word documents or as PDFs. Please note that our email systems block files over 10MB; if you submit materials over this limit, we will not receive your email. If the sum of your files is larger than 10MB, we suggest sending each attachment in a separate email.

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application materials. If you do not receive an email, it means that we did not receive your application (see note, above, regarding file size). Please contact us before resubmitting your materials.

Please direct questions to the Science Directorate, tel.: 202-336-6000; email.

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