In this issue
Student representatives' column
By Justine Chatterton, MS and Michelle Garvin
We hope this newsletter finds you well as your school year comes to an end. We have been working this year on increasing student involvement in Div. 47 and at the Div. 47 Executive Committee meeting in March we discussed many opportunities for student members to get involved. Students are encouraged to apply for the student dissertation award, attend the annual APA Convention, and/or become a student editorial reviewer for the new Div. 47 journal Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.
Additionally, many of the Div. 47 committees (e.g. education, membership, and practice) are looking for students to serve on them. This is a great way to get involved in the division, help develop initiatives and programs that will progress the field, and meet other students and professionals with similar interests. We are excited about all of these opportunities and encourage you to contact us (Michelle Garvin or Justine Chatterton) with questions and interest.
Also at this year’s midyear meeting, we discussed ways that the division can better serve its student members. As your student representatives we will be working on several initiatives to help student members navigate the field of sport and exercise psychology. Our main goal is to increase student membership and involvement in the division. Toward this goal, we want to generate awareness about graduate programs that provide training in sport psychology and reach out to undergraduates who might be interested in learning more about our division and sport psychology in general. One initiative that we are developing is gathering current Div. 47 student members to present information about Div. 47 and sport and exercise psychology at undergraduate programs across the country. We hope that this initiative will further knowledge and involvement in the field among undergraduates (again, if interested, contact Michelle or Justine).
At this year’s APA Convention, Div. 47 celebrates its 27th year. As student reps we view the convention as a major networking opportunity and hope to use the convention to generate interest and provide education about our field. We hope you can join us at the convention in Honolulu this August. Special programming for Div. 47 students will include the annual speed mentoring event. During speed mentoring, students will have the opportunity to sit with exercise and sport psychology professionals and ask questions regarding career interests, professional development, networking, and other topics. The convention provides many opportunities for students to participate with Div. 47. Each year, Div. 47 hosts Ray’s Race, a 10K run. Ray’s Race is a hallmark of the convention this year and we encourage you to either participate in the race or volunteer to help work the race. The race is an excellent opportunity to congregate with professionals and students. In addition to Ray’s Race, students may attend key lectures and workshops by leaders in the field, where you will have the opportunity to network with sport and exercise psychology professionals.
Div. 47 has recently branched out into the world of social media, which is another great opportunity for students to get involved. Headlines from the field of exercise and sport psychology are posted regularly, and this is a great way to interact with other students and professionals alike.
Finally, Div. 47 student reps have been working with the student reps from the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) to collaborate to better serve you, the future of sport and exercise psychology. As always, we ask that you share your ideas and comments with us, as your representatives so that we can accurately present student needs to the Executive Committee.
We look forward to your involvement in Div. 47 and are here to support you in navigating your professional development in exercise and sport psychology. Please email us to get more involved.
Justine and Michelle