Student Events

Meet fellow student scientists, converse with leaders in the field, and get guidance on the next steps of your budding career in psychological science.

APSSC Convention Kickoff and Student Social

The APS Student Caucus welcomes student affiliates and provides information about all of the great student events at the convention. Students will be able to relax in a casual environment and meet other students who share the same interests.

Remember to bring ID, as well as your APS Convention Badge. Please note that you must be at least 18 years old to enter this event.

How to Get Published: Guidance From Journal Editors

Chair: Amy Heard Egbert, Loyola University Chicago
Presenters:
Jon Freeman, New York University
Ute-Christine Klehe, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany
Deanna Barch, Washington University in St Louis

Did you ever wonder how to decide where to send an article to get it published? Do you know what goes into an action letter? Editors from top journals in psychological science will give valuable advice and answer questions about the publication process. A range of topics will be covered, including what should go into a manuscript, where to submit it, and what to do after receiving an editorial decision. This event is geared toward students and beginning researchers who want to find out what happens once they hit “submit”.

Champions of Psychological Science

Chair: Carolyn Davies, Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital
Presenters:
Barbara Landau, John Hopkins University
Richard Mayer, University of California-Santa Barbara
Janet Shibley Hyde, University of Wisconsin
Keith Payne, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lisa Feldman Barrett, Northeastern University

Read their textbooks? Seen them cited? The APS Student Caucus is honored to present the annual Champions of Psychological Science event, which provides the unique opportunity for student affiliates to talk in an informal setting with some of the most respected and well-known scientists in psychology. Space is limited and available only on a first-come, first-seated basis, so come early to get a good seat.

The Naked Truth Part I: Getting into Graduate School

Chair: Alexis Brieant, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Presenters:
Debrielle Jacques, University of Rochester
Christal Davis, University of Missouri
Timothy Valshtein, New York University
Akshay Jagadeesh, Stanford University
Meghan Vinograd, University of California, Los Angeles

Are you an undergraduate student with questions about graduate school? This panel features graduate students from various areas of psychological science who will share their experiences and offer advice on gaining admission to graduate school. The wide-ranging discussion will include advice on preparing for graduate school, managing the application process, and championing graduate-school interviews.

The Naked Truth Part II: Surviving Graduate School

Chair: Emily Hokett, Georgia Institute of Technology
Presenters:
Danica Kulibert, Tulane University
Monica Acevedo, University of Arizona
Lauren Drandorff, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
William Brady, New York University

This session will focus on survival skills needed to successfully navigate graduate school, including common pitfalls for new grad students; work-life balance; and navigating advisor, student, and professional relationships.

The Naked Truth Part III: Navigating the Job Market After Graduate School

Chair: Carolyn Davies, Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital
Presenters:
Andrea Niles, San Francisco VA Medical Center and University of California San Francisco
Kristin Laurin, University of British Columbia
Gerardo Ramirez, University of California, Los Angeles
Aidan Wright, University of Pittsburgh

Are you a graduate student or recent graduate looking for that first post-graduation position? Do you have questions about navigating the job market in a difficult economy? This panel will bring together a group of psychological scientists to share their advice and answer your questions about finding a postdoc or full-time position in research, liberal arts, and industry.

The Naked Truth Part IV: You’re Working Where?

Chair: Amy Rapp, University of California, Los Angeles
Presenters:
Sarah Laszlo, GoogleX
Cameron Sepah, Adobe
Ryan Stoll, Compass for Courage
David Yokum, The Lab @ DC

Have you ever wondered what is beyond the ivory tower? This panel will bring together a group of psychological scientists who have chosen “non-traditional” careers outside of academia. Panelists will share their own experiences in making the decision to pursue alternative careers, and give advice on how students can start taking the right steps now to find jobs in areas like government, technology, and business.

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer

Outsmarting Human Minds

Mahzarin R. Banaji, Harvard University

Human minds are prone to error. These errors can be traced to our history as a species, our individual biological make-up, the time and culture in which one is born and lives in, and the immediate social situations in which our thinking and feeling unfolds. Outsmarting our minds is needed to bring our behavior in line with our own ideals. So, how might we shape our actions, as individuals and collectives, to be consistent with our aspirations? The presenter provides a sketch of the many paths to outsmart ourselves — from an individual’s own conscious exertion of control over behavior, to the power of collectives in shaping new norms, to social movements that are caused by and affect legal change. To start any process of change, a substantial number of individual minds must first become aware of just what we might seek to change and why. To learn more about an initial effort, visit outsmartinghumanminds.org, and come ready to discuss how we might take the most robust scientific theories and research from psychological science to improving the state of our society at large.

Psi Chi Symposium

Open Science Initiatives Promote Diverse, Just, and Sustainable Research Practices

Chair: Jon E. Grahe, Pacific Lutheran University
Presenters:
Debi Brannan, Western Oregon University
Dana Leighton, Texas A&M–Texarkana
Kelly Cuccolo, University of North Dakota

Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability are three principles that are valued as progressive ideals. Though they are rarely considered simultaneously, the interplay between these three constructs requires compromises to optimize various systems. This symposium will examine these the application of these principles through the lens of various open science initiatives.

Psi Chi Symposium

Psi Chi Board Initiatives: Discussing Scholarship, Teaching, and Service Development Through Leadership

Chair: Martha S. Zlokovich, Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology
Presenters:

Jon E. Grahe, Pacific Lutheran University
Eric Landrum, Boise State University

RISE Award Addresses

Chair: Amy Rapp, University of California, Los Angeles

The RISE Research Award is given annually to recognize outstanding student research on socially and economically under-represented populations. The winners, selected by a panel of their peers, will present their research in symposium format. The goal of this event is to increase awareness of the need for diverse perspectives in psychological science.

Student Research Award Addresses

Chair: Brooke Slawinski, Michigan State University

The Student Research Award is given annually to recognize outstanding research conducted by APS Student Affiliates. The program will feature addresses from the four winners of the 2018 competition, who were selected through a peer-review process.

Campus Representatives Meeting

Chair: Iiona Scully, Lehigh University

The Campus Representatives Meeting will be held at the APS Convention and is open to all current Campus Representatives, as well as student affiliates who are interested in serving as a Representative at their own schools. At the meeting, students will have the opportunity to interact with fellow reps, to discuss their experiences in serving the APSSC, and to learn more about the future of the program. The Membership & Volunteers Officer will be present to facilitate the meeting, to recognize the accomplishments of the current reps, and to meet and communicate with student affiliates.


ACPN Workshops

ACPN maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Introduction to Neuropsychological Assessment

Presenter: Arthur MacNeill Horton, Jr., American College of Professional Neuropsychology

This workshop will focus on various aspects of neuropsychological assessment as an introduction to this area. Clinical neuropsychology is an applied science which is concerned with the relationship between the brain and behavior. It integrates the fields of clinical psychology and behavioral neurology and attempts to evaluated individuals suspected of having focal or diffuse brain dysfunction. Neuropsychological assessment utilizes specialized psychological tests to evaluate a wide variety of cognitive functions and behaviors that are dependent on the structural and functional integrity of the brain.

ACPN maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Workshop participants are expected to have some prior training and experience in neuropsychology assessment. Participation in this workshop is not a sufficient basis to engage in professional practice in this area.

For more information, contact Arthur MacNeill Horton, Jr. by e-mail at drmachorton@hotmail.com.

The cost of the workshop is $60 to professionals (check payable to “ACPN”) and free to psychology graduate students registered for the APS Convention. Each workshop is offered for 3 hours of Continuing Education Credits (CEs). ACPN is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

To register, click here for the printable registration form.

Neuropsychology of Drug Abuse, Pathological Gambling and Sex Addiction

Presenter: Arthur MacNeill Horton, Jr., American College of Professional Neuropsychology

Addiction to drug, gambling and sex are major international social problem. This workshop will focus on what is known and unknown regarding the neuropsychology of drug abuse, pathological gambling and sex addiction. The areas covered will include: the neuropsychological effects of abused drugs, such as cocaine, heroin and alcohol, the functional capacity of persons who abuse drugs and neuropsychological assessment of drug abusers. In addition, the neuropsychology of and characteristics of pathological gamblers and sex addicts will also be covered.

ACPN maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Workshop participants are expected to have some prior training and experience in neuropsychology assessment. Participation in this workshop is not a sufficient basis to engage in professional practice in this area.

For more information, contact Arthur MacNeill Horton, Jr. by e-mail at drmachorton@hotmail.com.

The cost of the workshop is $60 to professionals (check payable to “ACPN”) and free to psychology graduate students registered for the APS Convention. Each workshop is offered for 3 hours of Continuing Education Credits (CEs). ACPN is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

To register, click here for the printable registration form.