Student Notebook

Transitions: Students in Psychological Science

The field of psychological science is constantly in a state of change. Many legendary psychological scientists have provided the scientific community with the basic concepts, theories, methods of inquiry, and major findings that have shaped our understanding of behavior. Research in psychological science has since exploded into many interdisciplinary collaborations and sub-disciplines, and infinite research directions currently being pursued. As our knowledge of various aspects of psychological science grows, so do our questions and goals. The future of psychological science depends on the work of both emerging and veteran scientists, as well as the engagement of new students in the field.

The APS Student Caucus (APSSC) seeks to promote the growth and dissemination of scientific psychology amongst the student members. We provide resources that will foster professional development of both graduate and undergraduate students, such as research awards, peer reviewing opportunities, publications, mentoring, advocacy, funding notifications, and networking connections. In addition, the APSSC coordinates a series of student events each year at the annual APS Convention, which include sessions on publishing, getting into graduate school, surviving graduate school, and navigating the job market.

If you are not yet involved in the APSSC, we hope that you will connect with us. There are ample opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to become involved while gaining skills that will be useful in future careers. Successful careers are not built overnight, but instead are the result of years of hard work. As we embark on our journey toward becoming the next generation of psychological scientists, may we enjoy each stage of our professional development: from transitioning through college to graduate school, from studying for comprehensive exams to completing theses, from landing a job to ultimately impacting the scientific community. There is much work that needs to be done, but the future of psychological science is in our hands.

Observer Vol.24, No.7 September, 2011

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