Student Representative Column

Student-oriented programming at convention

The APA convention this year offers a number of sessions geared to the interests of students.

By Justin Strickland

Are you a student attending the convention in Toronto and lost sorting through the website to map out talks and programs you're going to attend? The website can be complicated and you may be overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of programs offered.

The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) and Science Student Council sponsor a variety of programs that may be of interest. APAGS-scheduled events occur primarily in their hospitality suite located at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. APAGS will also have a booth in APA Member Resources located in Exhibit Halls D and E, South Building-Level 800, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where you can obtain additional information on relevant programming.

Highlights from the APAGS workshops and programming are listed below and check out their website for additional details and guides (e.g., a Student Survival Guide):

Thursday, Aug. 6
  • Food For Thought Breakfast
    7:30–8:50 a.m., APAGS Suite 
    Psychologist: Nadine Kaslow, PhD
    APAGS hosts "Food for Thought Breakfasts" each morning of convention in the APAGS Suite. The breakfast consists of a buffet and discussion hour with an eminent psychologist. Breakfast is from 7:30–8 a.m. and the discussion hour is from 8–8:50 a.m.
  • Set Goals, Say No, and Still Graduate
    10–11:50 a.m., APAGS Suite
  • Creating Your Research Program: How to Develop a Unified Research Narrative During Graduate School
    11–11:50 a.m., Convention Center
  • Student Leadership Development: From Theory to Practice and Beyond
    2:00–2:50 p.m., APAGS Suite
  • Flying Solo Social Hour
    4–4:50 p.m., APAGS Suite
  • APAGS Social
    6–8 p.m., TBD
Friday, Aug. 7
  • Food For Thought Breakfast
    7:30–8:50 a.m., APAGS Suite 
    Psychologist: Benjamin Miller, PsyD
  • Psychology Without Borders: Internationalizing Your Psychology Teaching, Research, and Service
    8–9:50 a.m., Convention Center
  • APAGS Poster Session: Showcasing Graduate Student Research
    10–10:50 a.m., Convention Center, Exhibit Hall
  • Student Led Resistance: Mobilizing for Social Justice Post #Ferguson
    10–11:50 a.m., APAGS Suite
  • Financial Literacy for Students and Recent Graduates
    11 a.m.–12:50 p.m., Convention Center
  • Hands on Stats: A Guide to Basic Statistical Analysis 
    1–2:50 p.m., APAGS Suite
  • The Dirty Little Dos and Don'ts of the Dissertation and Thesis Process
    3–3:50 p.m., APAGS Suite
Saturday, Aug. 8
  • Food For Thought Breakfast
    7:30–8:50 a.m., APAGS Suite 
    Psychologist: Helen Neville, PhD
  • Alternative Career Paths with a Doctorate in Psychology
    9–10:50 a.m., Convention Center
  • Non-Traditional Students and Graduate School: Shared Experiences, Personal Challenges, and Open Discussion
    11–11:50 a.m., Convention Center
  • Peer Review Journals: Reading and Responding to a Review Letter
    3–3:50 p.m., APAGS Suite
Sunday, Aug. 9
  • Food For Thought Breakfast
    7:30–8:50 a.m., APAGS Suite 
    APAGS Governance