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.
FROM RICARDO MARTE, APSSC PRESIDENT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.