Student Representative column

This issue discusses the approval of a new Division 47 student listserv, division committees that are seeking student members, and the student representative collaboration with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology

By Laura DiPasquale, MB, and Cassie Pasquariello

We hope this newsletter finds you well as we move into the middle of the semester. At the Division 47 Executive Committee meeting in January we discussed many new opportunities for student members to get involved with Division 47. Although we are still working out the details for some of these opportunities, we anticipate that students will soon be able to write a column for the newsletter, get involved with the new Division 47 journal which will be out in 2012, and participate in a mentorship program. We are excited about these new opportunities and will keep students informed as we work out the details.

At this year's APA convention, Division 47 celebrates its 25th year and will be launching a new journal. As student reps we hope to have more students than ever at the convention, as we are the future of the exercise and sport psychology field. We hope you can attend join us at the convention in Washington, DC to help celebrate these achievements. Special programming for Division 47 students will include a Speed Mentoring breakfast on Friday August 5th from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. During Speed Mentoring, students will talk have the opportunity to sit with exercise and sport psychology professionals representing various areas of the field and ask questions about career interests, professional development, networking, and other topics of interest. We will also host a happy hour for Division 47 students on Saturday August 6th at a local bar or restaurant. We will post information on the location of Speed Mentoring and the happy hour along with names of the mentors on the Division 47 website and send emails to students once as soon as these details are finalized.

The convention provides many opportunities for students to get involved with the division. Each year, Division 47 hosts Ray's Race, a 10K race. Ray's Race is a hallmark of convention and we encourage students to either run in it 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 participate in the annual Giveaway-a-thon, where you would have the opportunity to work with sport and exercise psychology professionals providing sport psychology services to the Washington D.C community. For more information on either of these opportunities, please visit the Student Involvement page.

Many of the Division 47 are looking for students to serve on them. If you are interested in joining a committee, please email Laura or Cassie.

We also received confirmation that our application for a Division 47 student listserv has been approved. The listserv should be up and running shortly. We hope students will use this listserv to communicate with one another regarding graduate school, research, conferences, clients, future career plans, and networking. As student reps, we will also be using the listserv to communicate news and updates to students. Check the Division 47 website in the next few weeks for information on how to join the listserv.

Finally, Division 47 student reps will also be working with the student reps from the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) to maintain an up-to-date list of internship sites that offer training in sport psychology. The current list of internship sites will be listed on the Division 47 website shortly and we will continue to refine the list to provide students with the most up-to-date and accurate information about internships within sport and exercise psychology.

We look forward to your involvement in Division 47 and are here to support you in navigating your professional development in Exercise and Sport Psychology. Please email us to get more involved.

All the Best, Laura and Cassie