June 2009 Announcements

Early Graduate Student Researcher Awards: Call for Applications; Advanced Training Institute on Exploratory Data Mining; Scientists’ Guide to the 2009 APA Convention Now Available


Early Graduate Student Researcher Awards: Call for Applications

The Early Graduate Student Research Awards, sponsored by the APA Science Student Council, recognize students who demonstrate outstanding research abilities early in their graduate training (i.e., within the first three years of doctoral study).  Both overall research experience and specific completed research projects are considered in selecting awardees.

Up to three awards are given each year, drawn from basic science, applied science, and interdisciplinary science areas.  Each Early Graduate Student Research Award is in the amount of $1,000.

The application deadline is September 15, 2009.

For more details about the awards, including eligibility requirements and application materials, visit the Science Directorate web site. If you have questions, please contact the Science Directorate via e-mail or telephone (202-336-6000).

Advanced Training Institute on Exploratory Data Mining

Applications are still being accepted for this summer’s APA Advanced Training Institute (ATI) on Exploratory Data Mining in Behavioral Research.  This intensive training program will be held July 20-24, 2009, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

This ATI provides an overview of recent methodological advances in exploratory data mining for the analysis of psychological and behavioral data. In contrast to traditional hypothesis-driven approaches to analysis, exploratory data mining enables investigators to assess the predictive value of all possible combinations of variables in a data set. Data mining has emerged in recent years as a major area of statistical research and practice and is increasingly employed by psychologists and other behavioral scientists.

The APA Science Directorate sponsors four to five ATIs per summer.  These courses are intended for new and established faculty, post-doctoral fellows, advanced graduate students, and other researchers.  More information can be found on the Science Directorate web site.

Applications are available on the web site and must be submitted electronically through the web site.  They are being accepted until seats are filled.  For more information, contact the APA Science Directorate via email or telephone (202-336-6000).

Scientists’ Guide to the 2009 APA Convention Now Available

The initial compilation of the popular “Scientist’s Guide” is now available on the APA Convention web site. In addition to information about Division programs, the Guide features listings of Presidential programs, plenary sessions, scientific award addresses, and dozens of other sessions that will be of significant interest to the science community at the 2009 Convention in Toronto.

Be sure to check back during the weeks preceding the Convention as further information will likely be added to the Guide. Paper copies of the Guide will also be available at the Science Directorate booth at the Convention.