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Graduate Student Posters – Last Call for Hawai'i

Applications now being accepted for a late-breaking poster session at APA convention. To enable more graduate students to attend the 2013 APA convention, held July 31-August 4 in Honolulu, the American Psychological Association (APA) is sponsoring a special late-breaking poster session for cutting-edge research by graduate students in psychological science. This poster session, “Cutting Edge Research from Emerging Psychological Scientists,” is being organized by the APA's Science Student Council (SSC) and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Science Committee.

Submissions for this session are due March 1, 2013, and notifications of selection decisions will be sent by March 20, which will enable presenters to submit separate applications for the APA Student Travel Award before its April 1 application deadline. In addition, graduate students who are APAGS members and first authors on a poster or presentation at the convention are eligible to have their convention early registration fee waived. Details about how to get the fee waived will be sent to eligible students in the early spring.

While the names of participants in this poster session will not be in the printed convention program due to its late-breaking nature, they will appear in the online convention program and in the convention smartphone app.


Submissions for this session must have a graduate student as their first author. First authors of posters may not present more than one other first-authored poster or talk at the convention. Submissions to this session should not be redundant or substantively similar to proposals already submitted to APA under the original application deadline. Due to the late-breaking nature of this session, it may not be possible to prevent schedule conflicts if authors of the posters are also presenting elsewhere at convention.

Graduate students in all fields of psychological science and neuroscience are eligible to submit. Undergraduate students and faculty members are not eligible to serve as first authors for this poster session, although they can be included as additional authors on the poster.

How to apply

Submit an abstract of no more than 200 words by email. APA Science Directorate staff will examine all applications for eligibility. Be sure to include full names and affiliations of all authors, poster title and contact details for the first author (those items will not count toward the word limit). Contact details should include full name, mailing address, email address and telephone number. Also indicate whether the first author is a member of APAGS. Nonmembers may apply for the session but will not be eligible for the travel award or waived convention registration fee. Membership applications may be submitted together with the abstract submission. Poster submissions will be reviewed by members of the Science Student Council and APAGS Science Committee and 20 posters will be selected for inclusion in the session.

Application materials must be received electronically on or before 5:00 p.m. (EST) on March 1, 2013. Please email your completed PDF or Word file as an email attachment. The size of files attached to any one email must be less than 10MB. All applicants will be notified of selection decisions via email by March 20. Be sure to keep a copy of all submitted materials for your records.

Update: Also indicate the research specialty area of the poster abstract by selecting one or two subject index term(s) from this list (pages 9 and 10) (PDF, 1MB). Abstracts submitted without an index term will be assigned index terms by Science Directorate staff.

PI-GRO Seeks Graduate Student Policy Interns for 2013-2014

Students interested in working on policy issues with the Public Interest Government Relations Office are encouraged to apply.

APA seeks graduate student interns to spend one year working on public interest policy issues on the staff of our Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO). The graduate student interns will gain first-hand knowledge of the ways in which psychological research can inform public policy and the roles psychologists can play in its formulation and implementation. The graduate student intern will spend one year working with PI-GRO staff to influence legislative and regulatory activities impacting populations and areas, such as: aging; children, youth and families; disabilities; ethnic and racial minorities; HIV/AIDS; LGBT persons; military veterans and their families; socioeconomic status; women's issues; as well as social concerns (e.g., media, trauma, violence, and abuse). The intern’s activities include participating in legislative and advocacy work, such as assisting in the preparation of policy materials and attending congressional hearings and coalition meetings.

Applicants must be:

  • Enrolled in a doctoral program in psychology
  • At least into the second year of their graduate training
  • Members of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS)
  • Available to work 15 hours per week in APA's Central Office in Washington, D.C., from September 2013, until August 2014

The internship provides a stipend of $15.00 per hour. Interested students are required to submit the application materials by March 22, 2013. For additional information about the application process, please contact Ben Vonachen, Senior Legislative Assistant, at (202) 336-6097 or visit:

Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology

An award for the most outstanding dissertation in psychology which addresses concerns relevant to populations of color.

Deadline: April 1, 2013

Sponsor: APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs

The APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) continues to strive for increased research that will promote a better understanding of the complex issues facing communities of color (i.e., African Americans/Blacks, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Hispanics/Latino(a)s). To this end, CEMA sponsors an award for the most outstanding dissertation in psychology which addresses concerns relevant to populations of color.

The Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology is so designated in the memory of an outstanding scholar and psychologist of color whose career stressed the critical importance and relevance of the role of culture and ethnicity in the scientific understanding of behavior. Dr. Tanaka was actively involved in APA, where he was a fellow of Div. 5 (Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics), and member of the Div. 8 (Society for Personality and Social Psychology) and Div. 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues). He was chair-elect of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs at the time of his death on Nov. 3, 1992.

Graduate Students – Apply Now for an APA Convention Student Travel Award

The APA Science Directorate is pleased to sponsor its annual travel award competition for graduate students of psychology who will present research at the APA Convention. This year’s Convention will be held July 31-August 4, 2013, in Honolulu.

Graduate students who are the first author of a poster or talk are eligible to apply for one of this year’s grants of $300 each. Applicants should submit an application form, cover letter, research summary, CV, and paper/poster acceptance notice.

The deadline for applications to arrive at APA is April 1, 2013.

Applications must be mailed. Up to three students from each department of psychology in the U.S. and Canada may submit applications. If more than three students from a department wish to apply for travel awards, the department must perform an initial screening and forward only three applications. Students enrolled at universities outside of the U.S. or Canada who will travel to the APA Convention are eligible to apply for grants from the APA International Office but may not apply for this Student Travel Award.

For more information about the APA Convention Student Travel Awards, please email the Science Directorate.

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center Grant Program

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC (să-sink)) is dedicated to fostering synthesis that brings together diverse forms of knowledge from the natural and social sciences to generate insights into the behavior and management of interlinked systems of people and nature.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program applications due May 1, 2013.

The National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications for 2 year postdoctoral fellowships that begin September 2013. Fellows will undertake independent social, environmental, or cyber-infrastructure synthesis projects that are consistent with the mission of SESYNC. In addition to leading independent synthesis research, SESYNC fellows spend part of their time (~30%) on collaborative center activities, which could include such efforts as working with a Pursuit team, working on a cross-Pursuit or cross-Theme synthesis project, organizing a workshop, developing an education, policy, or outreach activity, or exploring visualization and other cyber tools.

SESYNC postdoctoral fellows will be based in our facilities in Annapolis, Maryland, with the possibility of spending some time at our partner organization, Resources for the Future, located in Washington, D.C. SESYNC offers substantial computational support for fellows, as well as a dynamic, collaborative learning environment. Postdocs will receive an annual stipend, full University of Maryland employee benefits, and a small annual travel allowance for meetings. Fellows will have two mentors-– a professional mentor at SESYNC and a domain mentor. The domain mentor should be at a SESYNC partner institution or be an established scholar elsewhere who will travel to SESYNC at least twice a year to work with the fellow.


We seek a diverse group of postdoctoral fellows with PhDs in social, natural, and computational sciences. Areas of previous research should be relevant to socio-environmental synthesis or synthesis education, including anthropology, computer science, ecology, education, economics, geography, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, public policy, planning, sociology, statistics, etcetera.

Application Deadline and Submissions Process

The deadline for applications for fellowships is May 1, 2013 for fellowships beginning in September 2013. Candidates must be available for Skype and in person interviews during the first two weeks of June. Future competitions will be held on an annual basis, with applications due in spring for fall starts.

Applications will require a research proposal, description of interests and ideas for collaborative center activities, description of cyber-infrastructure needs, CV, and three letters of reference (submitted separately). Potential international Postdoctoral Fellows should review visa requirements before applying. For questions, please contact Dr. David Hawthorne.

APA International Learning Partner Programs

Join APA-sponsored professional visits to promote mutual learning, collaboration and exchange.

China: June 8-16, 2013
Participants will meet with Chinese colleagues in Beijing and Xi’an to explore philosophies of mental and behavioral health care, theoretical underpinnings of treatment, integrated care models, behavioral health emergencies, and other means of support for patients in China. This program will be led by Barry Anton, PhD, and Carol Goodheart, EdD. The logistics of this visit will be organized by Professionals Abroad. For more details and to register, go to

Cuba: November 3-8, 2013
Participants will meet with Cuban colleagues to discuss major health issues and psychology’s unique role in health care and health education in Cuba. The program will include one “mini-conference” day with presentations and exchange with Cuban psychologists on research/application topics. There will be an optional extension until November 10th for those who would like to visit rural Cuba. This program will be led by Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD. The logistics will be organized by Professionals Abroad. For more details, go to

Additional information about the APA International Learning Partner Programs will soon be available from the Office of International Affairs.

2013 Convention Travel Awards for Early Career Professionals

The Committee on Early Career Psychologists of APA is pleased to announce the travel award program for early career members from all areas of psychology (education, practice, public interest and science) to attend the 2013 APA Annual Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 31 - August 4, at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

Twenty award recipients will receive $1,000 to be applied toward their 2013 APA convention expenses. The program is designed to encourage attendance and increase representation of early career members at this year’s APA convention.

Criteria for applying are: an APA early career member (within seven years receipt of their doctorate), and a first-time convention attendee. Preference will be given to those whose primary work is in basic psychological science or those who will be presenting at the 2013 convention. The submission package must include the following information:

  • Brief statement (maximum one page) about your interest in attending the convention and how you will use this award to support your attendance. Please highlight any significant achievements in your career as well as any leadership positions you have held as an early career psychologist (within APA, other related scholarly or professional organizations such as state and local psychological associations) and indicate how you believe you would benefit from attending the convention. Also, please include in your statement if your primary work is in basic psychological science, if the 2013 convention will be your first APA convention and if you will be receiving other funding to help cover your expenses.
  • If you are presenting at APA Convention, please include an abstract of your presentation along with the title and the names of co-presenters.
  • Include your Curriculum Vitae (the year you were awarded a doctorate in psychology should be clearly stated).

Electronic submission instructions: Please submit all materials in a single Word document. Put your name and the name of the award in the subject line (e.g. Jane Smith, Early Career Travel Award).

The deadline for submission of materials is March 1, 2013, 11:59 pm (EST). Email all materials to Sonja Wiggins. Award winners will be notified in April 2013 and will be acknowledged during the Early Career Social Hour sponsored by the Committee on Early Career Psychologists at the APA convention on Friday, August 2, 2013.