2011 APA ANNUAL CONVENTION

Science Student Council at APA Annual Convention

The APA Science Student Council has designed six exciting convention programs with science-oriented graduate students specifically in mind.

By Hallie Bregman

The American Psychological Association Science Student Council (APASSC) has put together a number of great panels, symposia, and roundtables at the APA Annual Convention 2011 in Washington, D.C. for science-oriented graduate students.  These programs cover a range of topics including: obtaining research funding, exploring non-traditional job opportunities for after graduation, effectively summarizing research findings, advocating for the dissemination of psychological science, and the role of diversity in psychology research settings.  There is something for everyone!  Check out these six exciting sessions at convention. 

How and Why to Advocate for Disseminating Research Findings (with APAGS)
Sunday, August 7, 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Washington D.C. Convention Center, Room 158

Chair: Hallie Bregman (APASSC Chair and Clinical Science Representative, University of Miami)
Too often, important research findings are not effectively shared with the general community--including policy makers and laypeople--to broaden the impact of the science.  This session will highlight the importance of dissemination and obstacles we face as scientists, as well as provide tips for how to advocate for the dissemination of such findings.  Implications of dissemination will also be discussed.  Panelists include Michael Southam-Gerow  (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Heather O’Bierne Kelly (APA Government Relations Office). 

Research Funding for Science Graduate Students: Where is it and how do I get it?
Friday, August 5, 3:00-3:50 p.m.
Washington D.C. Convention Center, Room 158

Chair: Michael Dunbar (APASSC  Health Psychology Representative, University of Pittsburgh)
As graduate students evolve into independent researchers, they are often called upon to begin generating their own funding sources and start the journey toward generating larger grants. To help you navigate the complex world of funding agencies, the APASSC has assembled a panel of distinguished speakers representing both private and public funding agencies to provide you with insight into the formula for generating successful proposals. Panelists include Kellina Craig-Henderson (National Science Foundation), Kimberly Rowsome (American Psychological Foundation), and Molly Wagster (National Institute on Aging).

Non Traditional Career Options in Psychological Science - Do I Really Have to Graduate?
Friday, August 5, 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Washington D.C. Convention Center, Room 209B

Chair: Hallie Bregman (APASSC Chair and Clinical Science Representative,University of Miami)
As your graduation date draws closer, do you experience anxiety and trepidation about your life after graduate school? Fear not! The APASSC has put together an exciting panel of speakers representing different pathways that can be pursued post-graduation, including postdoctoral positions, academic positions, and applied positions in industry. Our speakers will dissect for you the pros and cons of different career options in psychological science. Panelists include Tom Paskus (NCAA), Jill Egeth (Mitre), and Ellen Mandinach (WestEd).

Psychological Science Graduate Superstars - 5th Annual Datablitz
Saturday, August 6, 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Washington D.C. Convention Center, Room 152B

Chair: Winny Shen (APASSC I/O Representative, University of South Florida)
Want to be exposed to cutting edge psychological research in a fast-paced, stimulating environment? Datablitz challenges graduate students to present their research findings in only 2 minutes with only 2 slides! Come watch your fellow graduate students defy the odds to beat this challenge or earn the wrath of the 2 minute buzzer. Presenters include APASSC Early Graduate Student Researcher Award winners and top student researchers from various APA divisions.

Mentoring Roundtables for Science Graduate Students
Friday, August 5, 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, Grand Ballroom North

Chair: Winny Shen (APASSC I/O Representative, University of South Florida)
Want to meet and get guidance from some of the leading experts in psychological science?  This session offers an informational conversation hour with scientists in a range of research areas, where scientists will be available to answer students’ questions.  Mentors include Kristopher Preacher (University of Kansas), David Barlow (Boston University), Susan Fiske (Princeton University), Kenneth Sher (University of Missouri), June Tangney (George Mason University), Charles Snowdon (University of Wisconsin. Madison), and Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek (Temple University). 

A Cultural Mosaic in Psychological Science (with APAGS)
Saturday, August 6, 3:00-3:50 p.m.
Washington D.C. Convention Center, Room 154B

Chair: David Kille (APASSC Social Representative, University of Waterloo)
Minority issues are often present both in recruitment for research, analysis, and in job status within the world of psychology.  This panel will discuss challenges with regard to subject recruitment, how to best conceptualize minority issues in research, and issues surrounding being a minority researcher.  Panelists include Frederick Leong (Michigan State University), Michael Zarate (University of Texas, El Paso), Rachel Becker (University of Miami), and Frank Worrell (University of California, Berkeley. 

We look forward to seeing you at Convention! To learn more about the APASSC and our activities, please visit our website. 


Hallie Bregman, the chair and clinical science representative on the APA Science Student Council, is a PhD Candidate at the University of Miami. Her current research interests include family functioning in families with lesbian, gay, or bisexual youth, marital conflict, and divorce. She is also interested in the use of advanced quantitative methods.