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 Call for Applications: APA Science Student Council
Posted by: David R. Kille
Title/Position: Social/Personality Representative
School/Organization: University of Waterloo
Sent to listserv of: SESP, SPSSI
Date posted: March 9th, 2012

Dear Listserv Members,

Below is the call for applications to join the APA Science Student Council. Please share the announcement with your students and colleagues. The application deadline is April 26, 2012.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


David R. Kille
University of Waterloo
APA's SSC Social/Personality Representative

Graduate Students: Apply to Join the APA Science Student Council

The Science Directorate is currently accepting applications to the APA Science Student Council (SSC). Formed in 1993, the SSC is a diverse group of research-oriented psychology graduate students who serve as an advisory group to the APA Science Directorate. The Council represents the interests of research-oriented students by providing valuable advice to the Directorate on how it can best serve the science student population. The Council has been actively involved in a number of projects, including awarding prizes for graduate-level research, organizing student programs for the APA Convention, writing newsletter articles about graduate student issues, learning about and participating in advocacy for psychological funding, and making recommendations on the Directorate's student programs. The Council reports to and collaborates with the Board of Scientific Affairs and works cooperatively with the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students.

The Directorate is seeking applications from graduate students to serve two-year terms beginning September 1, 2012, during which time they will be actively engaged SSC members. By the beginning of the SSC term, new members must have completed at least one year of graduate school, and have at least two years of graduate school remaining before receiving their PhD. SSC members are required to attend two weekend meetings per year in Washington, DC, at APA's expense, with the potential to attend additional optional APA governance events. In addition, SSC members are expected to remain available via e-mail during an unofficial third (non-meeting) year to advise new members (this third year can be post-doctoral).

Four (4) positions will be available on the Council for the September 2012-September 2014 term. One person in each of the following areas of research will be selected:

· Behavioral Neuroscience
· Clinical Science
· Health Psychology
· Social/Personality

Potential SSC applicants are encouraged to contact current SSC members in their area of interest to discuss the positions and responsibilities. The current members contact info is available on the website:

Please note that the Council strives for diversity in all appropriate ways, including geographic diversity. Consequently, no more than one student from any given department may occupy a seat on the SSC at any given time. Please check the list of current members before applying. If you have a question about your eligibility, please contact the Science Directorate.

To apply to the SSC, please provide the following:

1. A letter of recommendation (not to exceed 500 words) emailed from the student's advisor, endorsing the nomination.

2. An essay written by the student about how s/he could contribute as a Council member, any previous related skills and experience, and why s/he would fit as a good addition to SSC (not to exceed 500 words).

3. A description written by the student about his/her research in psychology that demonstrates commitment to psychological science (not to exceed 300 words).

4. Abbreviated curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages).

Applications are due electronically by April 26, 2012. Please submit all application materials via email (to New members will be selected in the summer for terms that begin September 1, 2012.

Application materials may be submitted as Word documents, zip files or as PDFs. Please note that our e-mail system blocks files that are 10MB or larger. If you try to e-mail materials that are larger than this limit, we will not receive your e-mail.

If the sum of your files is larger than 10MB, we suggest sending each attachment in a separate e-mail.

After we receive your application materials, we will send a confirmation e-mail. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within two business days of sending your materials, it means that we did not receive your application (see note, above, regarding file size). Please contact us before resubmitting your materials.

Please direct questions to the APA Science Directorate by telephone (202) 336-6000 or by email:

Learn more about the SSC and the Council's current projects:

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