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Get a Head Start for Graduate School

APA undergraduate summer programs are designed to give promising undergraduate students an opportunity to experience cutting-edge psychological methods through seminars and hands-on laboratory activities.

  
Get a Head Start for Graduate School
by Amy Pitta

APA undergraduate summer programs are designed to give promising undergraduate students an opportunity to experience cutting-edge psychological methods through seminars and hands-on 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 is pleased to announce that the Summer Science Fellowships (SSF) will return in 2009. An offshoot of the successful Summer Science Institute, SSF aims to immerse advanced undergraduate students in the science of psychology by exposing them to the excitement and promise of the best of psychological science. Our principal objective is to prepare these students for the rigors of graduate study in psychological science.

An expenses-paid, intensive summer training program, SSF places up to 12 talented students in the psychology laboratories of some of the most outstanding researchers in the Washington, DC area for up to 7 weeks. SSF gives students an opportunity to explore the intellectual, personal, and social processes of scientific inquiry and to experience psychological research through hands-on laboratory activities. SSF offers promising students the opportunity to equip themselves with the skills essential to success in graduate school, and gives students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in psychological science the opportunity to be mentored by nationally-known faculty.

Eligibility is strictly limited to rising college seniors. Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Students will be provided with travel funds, a stipend for living expenses, and a summer salary. This should make the program financially feasible for most college students.

Visit Summer Science Fellowships for complete details about the program and the online application.

Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology

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. Up to 20 students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in psychology are selected annually. 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 students who are rising seniors and who are from traditionally underrepresented groups in psychology. The definition of underrepresented groups for this program is extremely broad, including students who are members of ethnic minority groups, first generation college students, and students who have had to overcome social or economic barriers on the road to academic excellence.