October 2008

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

As future psychological scientists, we are often taught that the only answers to be found will avail themselves in the objective analysis of the subject. This must be difficult for the clinical and counseling practitioners who must also remember to think of the subject as the client/patient. It seems they must observe the client from a distance while listening to their own descriptions. For the scientist/practitioner the observation must include the introspection as well as the observation. Beginning students often see these two positions as binary in nature with no compromise in between; however, advanced students learn that there is always another option. Margaret Floy Washburn understood this and used her 1921 APA presidential address the issue. Dr. Washburn went so far as to ask if perhaps psychology could even see Introspection as an Objective Method. Could it be? Click here to see what was decided.

Funding opportunity deadlines for October and November!
by Lisa E. Hasel, APSSC Past-President (E-mail Lisa)
Do you qualify for any of these awards? If you do, now is the time to act because the deadlines are fast approaching!

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

Campus Rep Spotlight:
Kris Gunawan

by Amy Crook, Membership & Volunteers Officer (E-mail Amy)

Each month, we'll be spotlighting a Campus Rep who has successfully spread the word about APS. This month we are featuring Kris Gunawan who previously served as campus representative at California State University, Fullerton and currently serves at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

School: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Program: Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Cognitive Emphasis)

What have you enjoyed most about being a Campus Rep? I have enjoyed interacting with students and providing them information about research opportunities.

What makes you most proud to be a part of the Campus Rep program? I am proud to be a part of a community that is committed to reaching out and inspiring students to pursue psychological research.

What specifically have you done to promote the APS and APSSC at your campus? I have had the honor of speaking in front of psychology classes, informing students of the benefits of why they should join the APS. In addition, I have actively promoted the APS membership through flyers, emails, and student meetings.

How has being a campus representative helped you in your academic endeavors? Being a campus representative has allowed me to expand my leadership skills and connect with other students. I believe that serving the community helps individuals to be more knowledgeable and well-rounded. By being a campus representative, I have had the privilege to learn more about students’ research, provide students with valuable resources, and collaborate with student organizations.

Do you have any advice for your fellow campus representatives on how they can be successful at their respective campuses? I would highly recommend the campus representatives to take the time to review important information (e.g., deadlines) about research awards and competitions on the APS website to ensure that their campus is well-informed of all the available opportunities.

This Month in the Student Notebook –
“Show Me the Money�: Grant Writing Tips for Graduate Students
by Peter M. Vernig, APSSC Student Notebook Editor
(E-mail Peter)

The process of grant writing can seem daunting to graduate students, but the rewards – both in terms of finance and career experience – are undeniable. Katie Edwards and Danielle Probst of Ohio University share their experiences and tips for first time grant writers. The entire process, from finding sources of funding to waiting for that all-important decision, is covered.

Don't Miss the Undergraduate Update
by Molly Peterson,
Undergraduate Advocate
(E-mail Molly)

The Undergraduate Update is a bi-annual online publication written specifically for undergraduate members, and the first issue is now online! This publication is designed to give undergraduates the "inside scoop" by recurring sections such as Eyes on the Future, Professional Development, Research Focus, and special features such as interviews with top contributors to our field. The inaugural issue features an interview with Daniel Gilbert, author of the best-selling book Stumbling on Happiness.

Check out this new APSSC resource!

Helpful Hint for October:
Teaching as a reflective process
by Jeremy Ashton Houska,
Communications & Marketing Officer
(E-mail Jeremy)
It is now October and for almost everyone the semester is in full swing. Some graduate students have taken the plunge into their first teaching assisgnments and have quickly made use of the wealth of online teaching resources. The breadth of resources can prevent TAs and graduate instructors from "reinventing the wheel" but they also encourage a reflective state of mind. Some say that good teaching comes from continual reflection.

The Teaching Tips column of the APS Observer is one particularly useful teaching resource. Baron Perlman and Lee McCann's January 2004 article can function to begin the process of reflection.
Click here to read the complete article on the first day of class.

Have you scoured the wealth of resources in the Observer? You can search by keyword and type of article using the Observer Archive Search.