December 2008

President's Section:
History of Scientific Psychology
by Kelli Vaughn-Blount, APSSC President

We all know that psychological research helped change the course of American history when Mamie and Kenneth Clark’s research on children and race was presented in the Brown v. Board of Education case. But did you know that the research actually evolved out of Dr. Mamie Clark’s master’s thesis titled The Development of Consciousness of Self in Negro Pre-School Children. You may also not be aware that she went on to put research to application in 1946 by founding a center for child development in Harlem that she would run for the next 30 years. Click here to learn more about the life and work of Dr. Mamie Clark in her own words.

Rally Week Update
by Amy Crook, Membership & Volunteers Officer
I would like to thank all of the campus representatives for their hard work and effort to promote psychological science and the APS on their respective campuses. With great pleasure, I would like to recognize the following campus representatives. They secured the most new student affiliate memberships the week of October 27-31.

1st place: Denise Liu, National University of Singapore

2nd place: Katie M. Edwards, Ohio University

3rd place: Julie L. Hall, University of Michigan & Kris Gunawan, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Again, congratulations to Denise, Katie, Julie, and Kris! The Student Caucus wouldn't be what it is today without your efforts.

Funding opportunity deadlines for December and January!
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!

December 10th

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

This Month in the Student Notebook –
Beyond the t-test and F-test

by Peter M. Vernig, APSSC Student Notebook Editor

Although they form the basis of parametric statistics in psychological research, many of the most commonly used statistical tests are built on the assumption of population normality. Marie Ng University of Southern California) discusses the challenges of working with non-normal data, and offers some robust statistical solutions to this common problem.

Helpful Hint for December:
How to play the waiting game

by Jeremy Ashton Houska,
Communications & Marketing Officer

Many students applying to graduate programs are in the midst of putting the finishing touches on their application packets or have already sent them out. So what happens in the period before campus visits and interviews? The waiting game! Instead of ruminating about why you have yet to be contacted, why not prepare for your interviews by reading up on the research conducted by faculty in the department? Also, click here to read the complete Oudekerk and Bottoms article on applying to graduate school. Their set of "questions for the questioners" is bound to give you a starting point for the formal interview and informal conversations you will encounter in the process. Good luck!

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