Graduate students – Apply now to join the APA Science Student Council

The Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association (APA) is currently accepting applications for positions on the APA Science Student Council (SSC). Formed in 1993, the SSC is a diverse group of research-oriented psychology graduate students who serve as an advisory group to the APA Science Directorate and Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA). The SSC provides valuable advice to the Directorate and BSA on how  it can best serve the science student population.  It has been actively involved in a number of projects, including awarding prizes for graduate-level research, organizing student programs for the APA Convention, writing newsletter articles about graduate student issues, learning about and participating in advocacy for psychological funding, and making recommendations on the Directorate's student programs. The SCC works cooperatively with the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS).

Applications are invited for positions that have two-year terms beginning September 1, 2011. By the beginning of the term, new members must have completed at least one year of graduate school and have at least two years of graduate school remaining before receiving their doctoral degrees. SSC members are required to attend two weekend meetings per year in Washington, DC, at APA's expense, with the potential to attend additional optional APA governance events. In addition, SSC members are expected to remain available via email during an unofficial third (non-meeting) year to advise new members (this third year can be post-doctoral).

Five positions will be available on the SSC for the September 2011—August 2013 term. One person in each of the following areas of research will be selected: 

  • Biopsychology 

  • Cognitive Science 

  • Developmental Psychology 

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology 

  • Psychological Methodology

Applications must be submitted electronically by May 16, 2011. More details, including how to apply, are on the SSC website. Please direct questions to the APA Science Directorate by telephone (202) 336-6000 or by email.

Learn more about the SSC and its current projects.