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Message from the president

SASP's president outlines its goals for the year, including the presentation of three Diversity Scholarships, representation on each of the five Div. 16 working groups, and new features in the From Science to Practice newsletter.

By Jennifer M. Cooper

Summer is here. We hope that everyone is taking some time for some much needed and certainly well-deserved rest and relaxation. With summer here, SASP felt it was important to reflect on what has been done so far this year. We are half way through our term as your Executive Board, and think it's a great time to reflect on the goals we've reached as well as the plans for the rest of the year.

Since beginning our term, our board has strived to offer the highest quality of services we can provide to our graduate student members. Some highlights include:

  • Improvements to the Diversity Scholarship process and the presentation of three Diversity Scholarships for incoming and advanced school psychology students
  • Presentation of travel grants for eight students that will present posters at the Student Research Forum to be held during the APA Convention
  • Inaugural year for two new SASP student awards – the Student Research Article award and the Mentee Recognition award to be presented in late 2013
  • SASP representation on each of the five Div. 16 working groups, including the new Mental Health and Early Career Working Groups
  • Adding a new Past-President position to enhance the functioning of our board and better connect SASP to early career activities
  • Several new features in our From Science to Practice newsletter
  • A growing SASP website that is integrated within Div. 16 website
  • An active Facebook page, offered as another means of getting your latest SASP updates
  • Monthly announcements sent via the SASP email list
  • Growth of our diversity mentorship program, which connects SASP members of diverse backgrounds with professionals in the field of school psychology, including SASP's new Diversity Committee
  • Resources provided on our website that are being updated monthly

These are just some of the goals our board has worked hard to achieve this year, and we hope we are meeting your expectations as SASP members. In the months to come, we hope to continue to provide updated services to our members. We will be updating our website to include professional development for our student members, strengthening our connection with local SASP chapters, reaching out to undergraduate psychology programs and working to improve the functioning of the SASP board and our election process, just to name a few.

In the meantime, our board would like to extend a personal invitation to our members asking you all to join us at the SASP Student Research Forum at the APA Convention in Honolulu. We have lots of great opportunities for students at this event, and encourage you all to attend. Information about the forum is included in this issue, but if you have any questions about the forum, or would like to provide feedback to the 2013 SASP Executive Board, please feel free to contact us.