APS Observer Online
Volume 14, Number 6
July/August 2001

The Student Notebook:
APSSC Elects Marte President

The 13th Annual APS Convention was an exciting one! The Student Research Competition winners were announced at the Opening Ceremony by APS President Robert Bjork. The Student Caucus sponsored a number of events geared toward student interests and research. The "Breakfast of Champions" Friday morning was well attended, with social psychologist Kay Deaux speaking on diversity in psychological science. Friday, the "RiSE-UP (Research on Socially and Economically Underrepresented Populations) Symposium", featured research on this year's theme, "Culture and Cognition: The Individual in the Collective and the Collective in the Individual Details". Saturday was the "APSSC Social Hour and Business Meeting", where APSSC awards were presented.

Newly elected APSSC Officers, clockwise from top:
Ricardo Marte, Tim Odegard, Seema Assefi, Kymberly Bennett, Rhiannon Ellis, and Charu Thakral (missing from photo: Christopher Anderson).

Also during our business meeting, elections were held for our 2001-2002 APSSC Executive Board. The following is a message from the new APSSC President, Ricardo Marte. For introductions to the other elected officers, go to www.psychological science.org/observer.


I am a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Social Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. I am currently working on my dissertation, exploring several interpersonal/environmental influences that play a role in adolescent delinquent behaviors. I expect to complete my dissertation by the summer of 2002. When I am away from my studies, I enjoy camping, barbecuing, playing racquetball/handball, watching movies, and programming. The 2001-2002 academic year marks the third term that I have the privilege of serving you as a member of the APS Student Caucus Executive Board. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the APS members and website visitors who took the time to write me suggestions about the APSSC website, the APSSC Mentorship Program, and offer words of support during my tenure as Communications Director. Your suggestions and support made for another successful year for APSSC and the APS Convention. I would also like to thank the APS Board, especially Diana Green, Brian Weaver, and Theresa McAuliffe for all of their support with the APSSC website and Monthly E-mail Newsletter.

Following a successful and entertaining convention in Toronto, the new APSSC Executive Board is already hard at work with plans for the next Convention (in New Orleans). Indeed, the platform of the 2001-2002 APSSC Executive Board will revolve around three objectives: evaluation, feedback, and implementation. Many of our resources this year will be directed toward evaluating APSSC's effectiveness in delivering services (e.g., Mentoring Website, Student Grant Program, etc.) to its student affiliates. In addition, the APSSC Executive Board hopes that all student affiliates will participate in this endeavor by sharing their ideas, concerns, and suggestions for new or different services. Student affiliates' feedback will be summarized, evaluated, and discussed on an on-going basis. Suggestions and changes that can be feasibly implemented and can be supported by APS will be incorporated.

As members of APS, we are all committed to the task of advancing psychology as a science. As members of the APSSC Executive Board, we hope that the manner in which we strive toward that task is a reflection of all our student affiliates' ideas and efforts. For more information on how to participate in our evaluation efforts, please read upcoming issues of the Student Notebook in the APS Observer, visit the APSSC website after Sept. 15, 2001, or sign-up for our monthly newsletter (if you have not already done so) by contacting Timothy Odegard, Communications Director, at todegar@mail.uark.edu.

2001 APSSC Competition Winners
Each year, the APSSC recognizes outstanding research submissions from three graduate students and one undergraduate. The APSSC would like to thank and commend all of those who participated.

The winners of the Student Research Competition are:

Marie-Eve Charbonneau, McGill University
"Cue-Competition Weakens 'If...Then' Contingencies of Failure-Rejection"

Jean E. Pretz, Yale University
"Implicit and Explicit Views of Transfer in Insight Problem Solving"

Katherine N. Saunders, Texas A&M University
"Beyond the Creative Product: Gifted Adolescents' Implicit Beliefs about Creativity"

Charu Thakral, Illinois State University
"Negative Mood Regulation Expectancies Predict But Do Not Moderate Change in Affect"

2001 APSSC Student Grant Program Award Winners
Every year, the APSSC provides funding for student research that has yet to be conducted. Students submit research proposals, which are evaluated for a demonstration of high quality research and promise for a substantial contribution to the field of psychology. Winners of this competition are given a cash award.
    University of Pittsburgh
    "Prenatal Stress Effects on Neonatal Health and Infant Reactivity"
    Case Western Reserve University
    "The Identification of Psychiatric Disorders in Children and Adolescents"
    Indiana University-Bloomington
    "Psychophysiological and Neuropsychological Correlates of Shifting Attentional Focus"
    St. John's University
    "A Retrospective Interview of College Students' Friendships and Enemy Relationships in High School"
    University of Florida
    "Psychophysiological and Neuropsychological Correlates of Shifting Attentional Focus"

2001 RiSE-UP Prize Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the Research on Socially and Economically Underrepresented Populations (RiSE-UP) Research Prize Winners! There were many excellent submissions, and the winners are:
    Boston University
    "Social Anxiety Across Ethnic Groups in a Massachusetts Clinical Sample"
    University of Waterloo
    "A Cross-Cultural Perspective on Cognitive Dissonance"
    University of Toronto
    "The Role of Culture in Social Comparison Processes"
Marshall, Zanna, and Ramsawh

2001 APSSC
Local Chapter of the Year Award

The APSSC Student Caucus is proud to award the Local Chapter from the University of Scranton the Chapter of the Year Award. This award is used to help schools sponsor academic and social activities such as invited speakers and workshops. Congratulations!

APSSC's Hot Sites
AlleyDog.com is a web site dedicated to "helping psychology students prosper and enjoy psychology." In this website you will find a wealth of information, including links to specialized information on the web about various areas of psychology, searching ability for resources.

Send links to interesting sites to Rhiannon Ellis (rellis@pitt.edu).

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