From the APA Science Student Council

In Search of Graduate Student Leaders!

A recent SSC member summed up the experience well in stating that "it was a great opportunity to meet some of my psychology research idols and to learn more about the inner workings of APA and all that it does for psychologists."

The Science Student Council is a group of nine graduate students who spend a couple of weekends a year with the Science staff, advising on programs and activities that would benefit graduate students in psychological science. In this column, 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.

In Search of Graduate Student Leaders!
by Lisa Jaremka 
 

Are you a research-oriented student who is interested in becoming involved in APA? Are you interested in learning more about the inner workings of the review process for research award applications? Are you interested in designing APA Convention programming geared towards research-oriented students?

If you replied "yes" to any of the above questions, then you should apply to become an APA Science Student Council (SSC) member! The SSC is composed of 9 graduate students from diverse research areas within psychology. There are currently 5 positions opening for the upcoming year. As a Science Student Council member, you will gain invaluable experience that will increase your knowledge and skills and boost your vitae at the same time. A recent SSC member summed up the experience well in stating that "it was a great opportunity to meet some of my psychology research idols and to learn more about the inner workings of APA and all that it does for psychologists."

As an SSC member, you will be required to attend two weekend meetings per year in Washington DC (at APA's expense) for the 2009 and 2010 calendar years. You will also participate in listserv discussions about council-related business, and work collaboratively online in preparing documents and informational leaflets on issues relevant to science-oriented students.

Are you eligible?

1) Applicants must be either second or third year doctoral students. First year doctoral students are eligible to apply if they have a master's degree in psychology.

2) Applicants must be able to travel to Washington, DC twice per year for two years for weekend meetings. Applicants must also be able to attend the weekend-long Science Leadership Conference in Fall 2009.

3) Applicants must be from one of the following areas:

Biopsychology
Developmental Psychology
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Cognitive Science
Psychological Methodology

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a student council member and you meet the eligibility requirements, please visit the Science Student Council for complete applications details.  In addition, you can also obtain contact information for current SSC members and learn more about the council and past activities that the council has sponsored. Remember, the APA SSC is a great opportunity for any graduate student interested in furthering their career!

So what are you going to do with this information? APPLY! It is a great opportunity. Application deadline has passed. Rather than question and wonder who represents you within APA, apply to be a representative!