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APAGS Convention Tracks – Science

APA 2016 bannerThis year, the APAGS Convention Committee has put graduate student programming at Convention into tracks: Diversity, Professional Development, Science, and Internship. We’ve done so with an eye for how certain programs and talks might go together, so that students can set their goals for convention (e.g., get the skinny on how to research efficiently) and feel assured that they hit all the talks.

Check out my previous post that highlights the Professional Development track.

My self-care activity throughout grad school has been hiking. For that reason, my mind is making connections between our APAGS tracks and hiking routes. Imagine each track as a particular hiking path. Sometimes they intersect with other paths, and sometimes you can hop between paths based on your needs. In fact, the hiking analogy can be extended further! Hydrate during convention, pack good footwear (lots of walking), and tie up your food at night so that grizzly bears hungry grad students cranky advisers don’t get into it.

Second track: Science

Length: Straight shot to some sweet pubs and science-nerdiness                            Preparation: Read up on internships leading to unexpected career paths, and how to dive into research 

  1. Alternative Career Paths with a Doctorate in Psychology (also in Professional Development)
  2. Conducting Research within a Social Justice Framework: From Research Question to Publication (also in Diversity)
  3. Networking with a Purpose: Making a Plan, Building Relationships, and Maintaining Connections (also in Professional Development)
  4. Late Breaking Poster Session
  5. Conducting Research on Marginalized Identities: When Research is “Me-Search” (also in Diversity)
  6. Reviewing for a Journal as Graduate Students: The Whys and Hows
  7. Individual Development Plans for Students and Postdocs (also in Professional Development)

Happy trails!

Editor’s Note: Each day this week we will highlight a different APAGS Program Track. Find out which track is right for you! Also, check out the full schedule of APAGS programming.

APAGS Convention Tracks – Professional Development

APA 2016 bannerThis year, the APAGS Convention Committee has put graduate student programming at Convention into tracks: Diversity, Professional Development, Science, and Internship. We’ve done so with an eye for how certain programs and talks might go together, so that students can set their goals for convention (e.g., get the skinny on how to research efficiently) and feel assured that they hit all the talks.

My self-care activity throughout grad school has been hiking. For that reason, my mind is making connections between our APAGS tracks and hiking routes. Imagine each track as a particular hiking path. Sometimes they intersect with other paths, and sometimes you can hop between paths based on your needs. In fact, the hiking analogy can be extended further! Hydrate during convention, pack good footwear (lots of walking), and tie up your food at night so that grizzly bears hungry grad students don’t get into it.

First track: Professional Development!

Length: The longest track, this is the main path that connects all the other tracks together                                                                                                         Preparation: make a mentorship goal, what to wear

  1. Connecting with our Queerness: Being an LGBTQ(A) Psychologist (also in Diversity)
  2. Two P’s in a Pod: Balancing Parenthood and Training (also in Diversity)
  3. Stats Phobia: Learn How to Learn Stats (and Work Past Beginner’s Anxiety)
  4. International Roundtable (also in Diversity)
  5. Shadow of Debt: Student Debt in Psychological Training
  6. Networking with a Purpose: Making a Plan, Building Relationships, and Maintaining Connections (also in Science)
  7. Alternative Career Paths with a Doctorate in Psychology (also in Science)
  8. Exploring Intersectionalities in Advisor/Advisee Relationships (also in Diversity)
  9. Individual Development Plans for Students and Postdocs (also in Science)
  10. Unlocking Your Leadership Potential: Keys to Future Success as a Leader in Psychology, by the APAGS Leadership Institute

Happy trails!

Editor’s Note: Each day this week we will highlight a different APAGS Program Track. Find out which track is right for you! Also, check out the full schedule of APAGS programming.

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Convention 2016 ! APAGS Food for Thought!

newbreakfastConvention is a great experience! One of the best parts of it is the chance to meet with some of the most famous psychologists in the world. This year APAGS is proud to present its Food For Thought  breakfasts featuring very dynamic and impactful psychologists who you do not want to miss.

Each morning (Thursday-Sunday 7:30-8:50am) the APAGS suite will offer free breakfast for graduate students and the opportunity to hear from prestigious psychologists.

Our first FFT (Thursday, August 4) will feature Dr. Anneliese Singh, Associate Professor at The University of Georgia and co-founder of the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition and Trans Resilience Project. Dr. Singh, featured in a fantastic Tedx talk, will be our first speaker, and one you do not want to miss! Dr. Singh’s research, practice, and advocacy has centered on the resilience of transgender people, transgender people of color, transgender youth, survivors of trauma, immigrants, South Asian survivors of child sexual abuse, and social justice and empowerment training.

Our second FFT (Friday, August 5) will be highlighted by Dr. Michelle Fine. Dr. Fine is a distinguished professor from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dr. Fine’s work integrates critical psychological theory with feminist and post-colonial theory, participatory designs, qualitative and quantitative methods and strong commitments to research for social justice. Her primary research interest is the study of social injustice, when it is resisted, and how it is negotiated by those who pay the price for social inequalities. Dr. Fine is a dynamic and inspiriting speaker who was featured at the Big Ideas fest where she led with the question “To whose souls are we accountable?” in the process of innovation. This talk and her commitment to social justice are just two of the reasons you will want to arrive early to get a seat for Dr. Fine’s FFT talk!

Our third FFT (Saturday, August 6) will feature Dr. Mona Amer.  Dr. Amer has been recognized for her leadership in addressing the mental health needs of Muslim and Arab Americans, and was awarded the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology. She currently serves as an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Egyptology at The American University of Cairo (AUC), and was the recipient of the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award. For the past 10 years, Dr. Amer has worked on developing cultural competence training programs for practitioners serving Muslim clients that have been administered in the U.S. and U.K. You can catch a glimpse of Dr. Amer’s innovative speaking style by viewing her excellent talk at the Rise Egypt Conference where she spoke about the role of evaluation in social enterprises. Dr. Amer is a passionate speaker who we are excited to learn from at our third FFT!

Our fourth FFT (Sunday, August 7) will be highlighted by APAGS Leadership. These leaders are individuals who will discuss what opportunities allowed them to become leaders, and how they are working to build a better future for psychology by serving as a united voice to enrich and advocate for graduate student development! APAGS is currently committed to a strategic plan to end the internship crisis, develop powerful training opportunities for scientists, and create a culture of leadership in psychology. This talk will encompass a great deal about ways to increase your efficacy as leaders in psychology and efficacious scientists in a changing climate of graduate education!

APAGS is proud to host Drs. Singh, Fine, and Amer, and we hope to see you all at the APAGS suite bright and early for breakfast!

Hoffman Report: Two More Resources and a Request

Since our latest posts on APA’s Independent Review (better known as the Hoffman Report), here is where we’ve been focusing our energies:

1. APAGS created a dedicated page (gradpsychblog.org/ir) where we’ve attempted to compile requests from students who came forward with specific concerns and questions. The list will be frequently updated, and we hope you find it useful.

2. APAGS members have assembled a student-focused town hall at APA’s Convention this coming week in Toronto. On Friday 8/7 from 2 to 2:50pm, come to room 707 in the Convention Centre to share your concerns, discuss potential solutions, and hear from your peers. The dialogue will intentionally be structured in a safe and constructive way.

Download the PDF file .

3. Finally, we are asking all students to fill out a feedback survey from APAGS Chair Emily Voelkel. The survey will be open for a week following Convention. YOUR feedback will help guide the ways that APAGS leaders advocate to APA’s Board of Directors and membership council, and it will inform how APAGS sets its own course as a committee and constituency. A summary of results will be posted on this blog. The following word cloud shows common reactions to the findings of the Hoffman Report, as reported by the first three hundred responders.

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Thank you for being a part of APAGS during this difficult time. Please keep bringing your opinions to the forefront.