Thursday, August 16, 2007

Opportunities for Undergrads from APS

1. Represent APS on YOUR Campus!
2. Student Grant Competition
3. APSSC Mentorship Program
4. We Need Champions
5. Student Notebook Seeking Articles
6. Student Research Award
7. Be a Reviewer
8. Call for RiSE-UP Members
9. Be a RiSE-UP Reviewer

1. Represent APS on YOUR Campus!

APSSC is looking for dedicated, enthusiastic, and creative members to serve as Campus Representatives for the 2007-2008 year. The Campus Representative program is designed to facilitate communication between APS and a network of contacts at as many colleges and universities as possible. The Campus Reps serve as the official APSSC representatives at their universities and are responsible for disseminating monthly newsletters and other information about APS programs and events to their psychology departments. Come join this fun group of students from all over Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the US! For more information, contact Michaela Bucchianeri at


2. Student Grant Competition

You come up with the research idea - APSSC helps make it happen. The APS Student Grant Competition offers grants supporting both undergraduate and graduate psychological research. All APS student affiliates are eligible to submit a research proposal for consideration by a panel of fellow students. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2007. Interested applicants should contact the Graduate Advocate, Ewa Szymanska (, or visit the APSSC website for details.

3. APSSC Mentorship Program!

Undergraduates, are you thinking about applying or in the process of applying to graduate school and have no idea where to begin? Join the APSSC Mentorship Program, a program that aims to set you up with a graduate student who has been through the whole process of applying and is eager to share their insider tips and tricks. Graduate students, are you ready to pay it forward and mentor an undergraduate who is ready to take the next step toward graduate school? If so, applications and more in depth information about the APSSC Mentorship Program can be found online at: Any questions that still linger please feel free to contact Katie O'Neill at


4. We Need Champions

The Student Notebook is seeking nominations for Champions of Psychology. If there is anyone whom you admire — a teacher, researcher, mentor, or advisor — or has had a positive influence on you, nominate them to be profiled in the Observer as a Champion of Psychology. International nominations are encouraged. Contact Kelli Vaughn-Blount, Student Notebook Editor, at

5. Student Notebook Seeking Articles

The APS Observer is seeking articles from graduate and undergraduate student affiliates. This is an excellent opportunity to publish your ideas and build your resume at the same time! The word count is 1,000 words or less. For more information, please contact Kelli Vaughn-Blount, Student Notebook Editor, at


6. Student Research Award

When the time comes to submit your research to the next APS Conference in Chicago, do not miss an opportunity to win extra recognition for your work. Enter your presentation in the Student Research Competition by submitting up to three-pages describing your research to be reviewed by fellow students. Winners will present their research in symposium format at the conference in Chicago, and receive some money to help defray the cost of attending the conference. Go to the APSSC website or contact the Graduate Advocate, Ewa Szymanska (, for details.


7. Be a Reviewer

If you would like to gain an insider's perspective on the academic peer review process, please let us know. The APSSC is currently looking for undergraduate and graduate students to serve as reviewers for the Student Grant Competition and/or the Student Research Award competition. For more information about reviewing for either or both competitions, visit or contact the Graduate Advocate, Ewa Szymanska ( You can sign up to be a reviewer online at


8. Call for RiSE-UP Members

RiSE-UP (Research on Socially and Economically Underrepresented Populations) is proud to accept new members for the 2007-2008 year. RiSE-UP is a committee that works to enhance awareness of the need for research by and/or about underrepresented populations, and plugs members into a helpful network of like-minded student researchers. Interested students have the option of joining one or more of the following committees: Aging, Individuals with Disabilities, Ethnic Minorities, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered Individuals, Women’s Issues, and Working Class Individuals. If you would like more information about joining RiSE-UP, please contact the RiSE-UP Coordinator, Shu-wen Wang, at or visit


8. Be a RiSE-UP Reviewer

Interested in gaining valuable reviewer experience? The APSSC is looking for motivated student affiliates to serve as reviewers for the RiSE-UP Research Award competition. It is not a large time commitment and looks great on your vita! Reviewers will have the opportunity to review research submissions related to underrepresented populations. For more information about reviewing for the RiSE-UP Research Award competition, visit and fill out a reviewer form, or contact the RiSE-UP Coordinator, Shu-wen Wang, at _____________________________________________________________________

How to Contact APSSC Executive Committee Members

If you would like to become more involved with APSSC activities, or if you have any questions/comments, please direct them to an officer listed below.

Lisa Hasel, President

Andrew Butler, Past-President

Lisa Fazio, Communications & Marketing Officer

Shu-wen Wang, RiSE-UP Coordinator

Michaela Bucchianeri, Membership & Volunteers Officer

Kelli Vaughn-Blount, Student Notebook Editor

Ewa Szymanska, Graduate Advocate

Katie O’Neil, Undergraduate Advocate

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Summer Opportunities 2008

I hope you are all enjoying your summer vacations (or jobs or classes), but it is never to early to start thinking about the future. To that end, we are trying to put together a list of internship/educational opportunities for next summer. Application deadlines for many programs are in February or sooner, so don't wait until the last minute. If you know of something we missed, please let us know.

NYU Medical Center. Work-study program for up to 3 one-month sessions. There is an option for psychology research, as well as other areas of medicine. Website, Application

Weizmann Institute of Science. Students research project in the natural sciences for 10 weeks to 4 months. There is an option for neurobiology, as well as other areas of biology, chemistry, physics, and math. Website, Application

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Summer undergraduate research program for 10 weeks. There is an option for neuroscience, as well as other areas of biology. Website, Application

Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Summer undergraduate research program for 10 weeks. Website

Friday, May 4, 2007

Club Meeting Addresses Grad School Application

At yesterday's meeting, the Psychology Club invited Benjamin Miller to speak on the topic of "Getting into Grad School". Mr. Miller, who has just been through the process and plans to attend Hofstra in the fall, explained the process of applications, the competitiveness of admissions, what schools look at, and important deadlines. He also provided many tips from his own experience to help students get in where they want to go.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Psychology in Action: Forensic Psychology

In conjunction with his Forensic Psychology course, Dr. Perry has offered Lander students a unique opportunity to witness clinical evaluations at a court clinic. Interested students may see Dr. Perry for details.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


More details and notes from EPA are available at Meeting Notes. Members who wish to post and share their notes on the site may do so by emailing them in a .doc, .txt, .rtf, .odt, .sxw, or .pdf file to

Monday, March 26, 2007

Lander Psych Club Travels to Philly for EPA

This past weekend, the Psychology Club was represented at the annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association in Philadelphia, PA. At the conference, members of the Club joined hundreds of other psychology students and professionals from all over the Eastern United States in a lively exchange of ideas, networking opportunities, and lectures.

A sampling of some highlights of the program:
The Expansion of Psychology in its Golden Age, 1947-1968, Wade Pickren (APA Historian)
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, Barry Schwartz (Swarthmore)
Science, Choice, & Free Will, Allen Neuringer (Reed College)
The Little Inadvertent Lies and Deceptions in Student Papers, Miguel Roig (St. John's University)
When More is Less: Increases in Number of Reinforced Trials Results in Decreases in Conditioned Responding, Gonzalo Urcelay, Alyssa Orinstein, & Ralph Miller (SUNY Binghampton)
First Impressions of Battered Women, Rebecca Logar & Sherri Pataki (Westminster College)
Illuminations by Gaslight: Reflections on the Analytic Mirror, Sharon Kahn (Touro College)
Practical Considerations for Quality Data Collection in Educational Settings, Clare Waterman, Lauren Angelo, Heather Warley, Yumiko Sekino, PAul McDermott (University of Pennsylvania)

A four-part symposium on Clinical versus Actuarial Prediction featured Malcolm Gladwell, Robyn Dawes, Michael Bishop, and Joel Weinberger.

Student posters presented original research on social, experimental, clinical, forensic, developmental, and cognitive psychology, as well as psychology teaching and animal behavior.

The final day of the conference was devoted entirely to the issue of Autism:
Assessing Autism Interventions In Public Schools: Which Strategies, For Which Children, And With What Resources? Saul Axelrod, Betsy Wurstner, John Barnard, Nina Wilde and Jenny Wade (Temple University)
The Emergence of Mands from Tact Training, Suzanne Nangel & Paul Neuman (Bryn Mawr College)
Procedural Variants for Teaching Distinct Verbal Classes: Mands, Tacts, Echoics and Intraverbals, Kelly Kates-McElrath, Michael Shea, & Philip N. Hineline (Bucks County Intermediate Unit & Temple University)
Fostering Appropriate Communication in Children with Autism: The Effects of Verbal Behavior Training and Redirection, William Ahearn (New England Center for Children)

In addition, there were booths representing the American Psychological Association, Psi Chi, the Association for Psychological Science, and Cedrus (makers of the SuperLab stimulus presentation software) and others.

Attendees left with lots of new knowledge to go with their new network connections and a better understanding of the field of psychology. And they even got to see a bit of Philadelphia!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Eastern Psych Convention

The Eastern Psychological Association, our regional psychological umbrella group, will be holding its annual meeting this weekend, March 22-25 in the Sheraton Center City, Philadelphia, PA. The meeting will be a fantastic opportunity to engage with leaders in a broad range of psychology and related fields, from experimental and social psychology to neuroscience and clinical specialties. In addition, Psi Chi will conduct workshops and present information about student research opportunities and getting into grad school. Any student who wants to attend should please contact the psych club.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Lander College Psych Club Gets New Leadership

The long-dormant Landers Psychology Club has been reactivated and held its first meeting of the Spring semester yesterday. The Club elected a new leadership committee which promises to restore the Club to prominent status on campus. It wasn't all business (pizza and soda were enjoyed by all) but a great deal was accomplished at the meeting. In addition to holding elections, a number of ideas for contributing to our community were floated and discussed, and the process of applying for a Psi Chi charter at Lander College was begun.

The club's elected officers are:
David Zigun, '09, President
Michael Ovadia, '08, Vice President

Special thanks to the Student Government for providing our (limited) budget, and to the psychology faculty who offered their services to the Club: Dr. R. Waxman, Dr. A. Perry, and Mr. B. Miller.