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President's Section:
History of Scientific Psychology
by Kelli Vaughn-Blount, APSSC President
There is no more difficult moment for a researcher than that which puts the foundations of your theory in question. Luckily, as students, it is not a moment that will come as soon as it will for others in our profession. We are trained to build a body of research around a few closely associated ideas and to parlay that into a career. What happens if those ideas begin to unravel, what then? Psychology has not historically been extremely forgiving of those whose theories become outdated even when they attempt to modify them or to step outside the softly padded box they created for themselves. But I digress; this month I am wondering how the behaviorists must have felt the first time they read Keller Breland and Marian Breland’s 1961 aptly titled article “The Misbehavior of Organisms.” That is not to say that this was the first or the last article to challenge classical conditioning theories. It was however one that did it with such simplicity and ease that the fundamentalist’s heart-career break must have been palpable. Then again, I could be wrong, check out the article for yourself. Can you hear it?

Run for the APSSC Board!
by Kelli Vaughn-Blount, APSSC President
If you are an APS student affiliate who is interested in getting more involved with the APSSC, you should consider running for one of the 2009-2010 Student Caucus Executive Board positions! This is a wonderful opportunity for both professional and personal development as well as way to be involved with this organization during its annual convention! For more information about the positions and the duties for each, go to the APSSC main page and the APSSC bylaws.

To nominate yourself, please send the following materials via email to
Kelli Vaughn-Blount (apssc.president@psychologicalscience.org):

  • MS Word document with the following information:

    A) Name
    B) Position for which you are interested in running
    C) University
    D) Research Area
    E) Year in Program / School
    F) Contact Information (email / phone / address)

  • Curriculum Vita
  • A brief statement of interest (describe why you are interested in the position, your familiarity with the responsibilities of the position for which you are running, and your understanding of the purpose of APSSC.)
  • A formal candidate statement (describe your qualifications for the position (e.g. relevant experience, abilities, skills, etc.). This statement will be posted during in the elections and seen by the voters. Do not include any mention of what you would specifically do in the position.)

Requirements: All candidates must be able to attend the upcoming annual convention in San Francisco, CA (May 22-25th, 2009) and the APSSC fall meeting (one weekend in late September, paid for by APS).

To run for a position, you must be a graduate student – except for the Undergraduate Advocate position, for which you must be an undergraduate student.

Nominations will close at midnight (EST) on Friday, March 6th 2009.

Funding opportunities and deadlines for March & April
by Lisa E. Hasel, APSSC Past-President
Do you qualify for any of these awards? If you do, now is the time to act because the deadlines are fast approaching!

March 1st

March 2nd

March 10th

March 12th

March 20th

April 1st

April 8th

April 15th

April 24th

For more information about these opportunities and more, check out the APSSC's Online Funding Database!

Have a Look at the March Student NotebookNon-Academic Careers: Plan A, Plan B, or Simply Curious
by Peter M. Vernig, APSSC Student Notebook Editor
Yale’s Agata Gluszek brings to light some of the issues surrounding pursuing a career outside of academia. While many students and faculty alike may spend little time considering this option, a variety of fulfilling careers await psychologists willing to leave the halls of academe. Gluszek discusses some of these options, and provides pointers for graduate students.

Helpful Hint for March:
Know what to expect at the Convention
by Jeremy Ashton Houska,
Communications & Marketing Officer

Many of you will be attending an APS Convention for the first time this May. Do you have that excited-nervous feeling? I will admit that I did at the 19th Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

If you are eagerly anticipating the Convention, go ahead and read Ingrid Preusche's article in the September 2005 issue of the Observer. I think some of your questions may be answered about how to contact other researchers, what occurs at poster sessions, and the importance of attending Student Events.

I agree whole-heartedly with Preusche's statement: "If you are a student or a young scientist, go there! You can get in contact with other scientists, the convention itself is interesting, and you can benefit from it and receive valuable of input for your own research."


March 2009

APSSC Executive Board
Kelli Vaughn-Blount

Lisa E. Hasel

Jeremy Ashton Houska
Communications & Marketing Officer

DeLeon L. Gray
Graduate Advocate

Amy Crook
Membership & Volunteers Officer

Michele L. Oliver
RiSE-UP Coordinator

Peter M. Vernig
Student Notebook

Molly Peterson
Undergraduate Advocate

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Are you working on an interesting research project? Do you have tips for other graduate students? Would you like to give advice to undergraduates looking to apply to graduate school in psychology? If you do – or if you have any other ideas for an article – the Student Notebook and Undergraduate Update would like to hear from you! The Student Notebook is published monthly in the Observer, and is geared towards a graduate student audience. The Undergraduate Update is published biannually and is focused on undergraduate issues. If you are interested in writing for either, contact Peter M. Vernig, Student Notebook Editor and Molly Peterson, Undergraduate Advocate and Undergraduate Update Editor

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