Virtual Convention | May 26-27, 2021

Student Programs




Establishing Your Digital Presence

Alaina G. Levine, Quantum Success Solutions

Wednesday, May 26, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT (-4 UTC)

More and more recruiters, search committees, job decision-makers and hiring managers are using the web to find, research, and vet potential candidates. How can you make sure that you are not only found, but are ahead of the pack? In this session, we will discuss how decision-makers use LinkedIn and other sites, and how you can use LinkedIn to establish yourself as a leader in your field, enhance your research reputation, and seek out and take advantage of innovative opportunities. We will demonstrate how to create a winning LinkedIn profile, and how to use its multitude of features to generate solid leads for your career and brand yourself as a leader in your profession.

Alaina G. Levine is an award-winning entrepreneur, STEM career consultant, professional speaker, TEDx speaker, science journalist & corporate comedian. Her book, Networking for Nerds. As President of Quantum Success Solutions, she is a prolific speaker & writer on career development & professional advancement for engineers & scientists. She also writes “Your Unicorn Career,” a career column for ScienceCareers about finding your professional bliss. Levine authored two online courses for Oxford University Press on career development & entrepreneurship.

See a preview of Alaina G. Levine’s talk.




Careers Outside of Academia

Wednesday, May 26, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT (-4 UTC)

The dynamic job market has motivated a number of individuals to consider careers outside of academia. Because the process to successfully navigate such a path can often be mystifying, the Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus is thrilled to host a panel featuring professionals in both public and private industries. The panelists will speak about their unique experiences, including what led them to their current career path and advice they have for students and professionals considering a careers outside of academia.  Meet these panelists during the live virtual Round Table discussion on Thursday, May 27.

Hear Anne Kotynski-Gooding preview her talk.

Gregory Davis, Quantitative UX Researcher at Facebook

Anne Kotynski-Gooding, Education Program Specialist at NASA

Asia McCleary-Gaddy, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at University of Texas Health Science Center

Joey Chung Yin So, UX Research Lead at Dell




Virtual Mentoring: Making the Relationship Work

Wednesday, May 26, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT (-4 UTC)

If we have learned anything from this past year it is how to be available without being present. In this session we meet up with mentors and mentee who met, interviewed, and developed relationships that have benefited all. This panel features faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students from various areas of psychological science who will share their experiences and offer advice on virtual mentorship. The discussion will include advice on transition to online mentorship, managing research assistants, finding balance, and challenges.

BJ Casey, Yale University

May Conley, Yale University 

Ana DiGiovanni, Columbia University

Anshu Patel, Columbia University




Speed Mentoring

Wednesday, May 26, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT (-4 UTC)

Pairing up has never been easier using this virtual tool that creates matches with a mentor and a mentee for a brief one-on-one conversation before moving on to create an entirely new pairing. Take this opportunity to create connections that could help you throughout your academic career and beyond.



Student Research and RISE Award Recognition

Thursday, May 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT (-4 UTC)

Celebrate and learn about the award-winning research from APS students. Awardees will present their research during this one-hour session.




Roundtables: Careers Outside of Academia

Thursday, May 27, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT (-4 UTC)

Join one of four small group discussions with the presenters from Wednesday’s Careers Outside of Academia. Get your questions answered in this virtual face-to-face forum!

Gregory Davis, Quantitative UX Researcher at Facebook

Anne Kotynski-Gooding, Education Program Specialist at NASA

Asia McCleary-Gaddy, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at University of Texas Health Science Center

Joey Chung Yin So, UX Research Lead at Dell




APS Pitch Perfect Competition Finals

Thursday, May 27, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT (-4 UTC)

APS Students will put their persuasive powers to the test when the finalists in the Pitch Perfect Three-Minute Thesis Competition kicks off at 2:00 p.m. on the final day of the APS 2021 Virtual Conference. Will you be there to cast your vote for the audience favorite?