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SPSPotlight: December 2015

Table of Contents

Featured News

SPSP 2016 Award Annoucements

SPSP 2016 Convention Updates

Other Annoucements

Grad Hack

Interview with Psychologists

Featured News

Getting to Know Your New GSC

Hand shakeWe are excited to present your 2016-2017 Graduate Student Committee! Your GSC works hard year-round to bring you professional development resources at every stage of your career. Next year, it will be their priority to help you stay connected to other students in personality and social psychology at the Annual Convention and beyond. Click here to learn more about your 2016-2017 GSC.

A Taste of Fame for Graduate Student Research

In a world of “publish or perish,” it’s nice to know that there is at least one added perk to publishing beyond keeping your career afloat: publicity.  This issue, we highlight some recent studies by SPSP graduate students that earned a bit of time in the limelight on local, regional, or national news outlets.  Click here to check out their research.


SPSP 2016 Award Annoucements

Outstanding Research Award

We are pleased to announce the winners of the GSC’s SPSP 2016 Outstanding Research Award! Winners will receive a $100 honorarium, as well as the opportunity to meet with the mentor of their choice during the SPSP 2016 Convention. Awards will be presented during the convention on Friday, January 29th, at 12:45 pm.

ORA Winners:

Alexander Browman

Yael Granot

Jessica Maxwell

Sarah Molouki

Caitlyn Yantis

Student Poster Award:

After a record-breaking number of applications, we are pleased to announce the finalists for the GSC’s SPSP 2016 Student Poster Award! Finalists will present their posters during Poster Session A on Thursday, January 28th, 2016, from 7:00-8:30pm.. Winners will receive $100 and runner ups will receive $50.  In addition, the first place winners will also have their posters prominently displayed through the entire SPSP Annual Meeting! Additionally, this year features the inaugural Undergraduate Student Poster Award, which highlights the terrific work done by our undergraduate student members.

SPA Graduate Finalists:

Analia Albuja

April Bailey

Elizabeth Canning

Yen-Ping Chang

Karly Cochran

Lisa Day

Christilene du Plessis

Jessica Gaby

Matthew Goldberg

Anton Gollwitzer

Jake Gray

Valerie Guilbault

Emily Hong

Kristina Howansky

Ashalee Hurst

Franki Kung

Benedek Kurdi

Emily Lloyd

David March

Stuart Miller

Jake Moskowitz

Hannah Nohlen

Michael Schaerer

Nadya Styczynski

Rebecca Thompson

Courtney Walsh

Bradley Weisz

Sarah Williams

Isaac Young

Katherine Zee

SPA Undergraduate Finalists:

Zheng Anqing

Paul Brancaleone

Danielle Krusemark

Garam Lee

Natassia Mattoon

Emily Nelsen

Emma Routhier

Yuanye Wang

Heidi Williams

Deborah Wu


SPSP 2016 Convention Updates

GSC Mentoring Luncheon

Do you want to meet an expert in the field for some friendly advice and insight? The mentoring lunch offers graduate students an informal opportunity to discuss their research interests and career development with an established professional in the field. As in previous years, the mentoring lunch will be held during the lunchtime poster session on both Friday and Saturday, providing approximately students an opportunity to meet an expert to discuss a variety of topics in psychology. Space is limited, so sign up today!

GSC Speed Data-ing

The convention can be overwhelming to network and meet new people. Now there is a perfect way to do so: come to “Speed Data-ing!" Based on speed-dating, this event will afford you an opportunity to meet and chat with several small groups of your peers over the course of 45 minutes (and still make it to poster session afterwards!). This is an excellent opportunity to find future collaborators, network with people who will be your colleagues for years to come, and perfect your “elevator speech”! Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited so sign up quick!

The GSC Peer Advising Match-up Program

Are you attending this convention for the first time or looking to expand your convention experience? Are you a seasoned convention attendee looking to be fulfilled by guiding others? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then the GSC Peer Advising Match-Up program is for you!

What is better than being able to meet an established student in the field when you arrive at SPSP with no networking required? You get to skip some of those potentially awkward greetings and instead get paired with someone who can help make some of the introductions for you! Not only are you going to easily meet other (possibly prominent) people in your area of research thanks to your mentor, but you will also make an instant connection with that mentor by signing up for this program! Sign up as a mentee.

Do you thrive in a leadership role and enjoy helping others succeed? This is your chance to share the invaluable knowledge and convention experience you have acquired by guiding an early-career student. Not only will this likely MAKE their convention experience, but will give you advising experience that will help you become a better mentor to future students (and not to mention, can be added to your CV!). Sign up as a mentor.

Apply to be a Student Science Writer at #SPSP2016

SPSP is seeking up to six psychology students to contribute as eDaily interns. Successful candidates will interview member scientists, write articles on sessions, and translate science for the daily convention e-newsletter during the 17th Annual Convention from January 28 to January 30, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center. Students chosen will receive a $300 stipend at the conclusion of the convention, visibility with byline on Character & Context (the SPSP blog) and the #SPSP2016 Convention eDaily publication, and opportunities for future contribution to the Character & Context blog. Apply here.

GSC Student Social Night

We are pleased to invite all SPSP student convention-goers to the 2016 GSC Student Social Night! Take some time out of your busy conference schedule to relax and socialize with your peers at Tin Roof (401 G Street, San Diego) on Thursday night, starting at 8:30 pm. Join us for food, fun and dancing. A complementary drink will be offered to the first 500 attendees. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

SPSP 2016 Housing Portal

The housing portal for the 2016 SPSP Annual Convention in San Diego is still open.  Follow the link below to reserve the lowest priced rooms in the block before they’re sold out. RESERVE YOUR ROOM NOW!

Looking for a roommate? SPSP has set up an online survey to collect information from anyone wishing to share a room at the annual convention. Click here to put your name on the list. Click here to view the list of those looking for roommates.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that SPSP will not be matching you up or assigning roommates. This space is designated as a meeting ground for you to get in contact with potential roommates; however, it is your responsibility to set up arrangements. SPSP is not responsible for any liability or financial obligation that may arise from voluntary matching made via this space.

SPSP 2016 Preconference Registration is Open

Registration for the SPSP 2016 convention Preconferences remains open. These dynamic and cutting-edge programs will take place on January 28th.  Register for a Preconference along with your annual convention registration. Click here for more information.

One of the SPSP 2016 Preconferences that may be of special interest to students is hosted by the SPSP Training Committee, titled: “Navigating the New Era of Social & Personality Psychology Preconference.”  This Preconference brings together some of the most well-respected names in the field to get their take on the state of the field, what changes are occurring, and how early career scholars can navigate our rapidly changing science. Click here to learn more.


Other Announcements

Student Resources on

Need writing tips? Teaching activities? Stats tutorials? Advice on getting a job? All of these resources are available to you in one place on the Student Resources Page! Check out the great resources SPSP and the GSC have compiled for you!

Joining APA Division 8: Social and Personality

SPSP student members are now eligible to join APA’s Division 8: Social and Personality. As an APA Division 8 member, individuals qualify for the APA Convention member registration rate, while being a member of SPSP by itself, does not. APA Division 8 members also qualify for reduced rates for APA journals (e.g., JPSP).  

To become a Division 8 of APA member, individuals must apply via the APA website, meet APA's membership criteria, and indicate interest in becoming a member of APA Division 8, which requires an additional $2 paid directly to APA beyond regular APA dues.

Other Conventions

International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) - December 10 submission deadline

Behavioral Decision Research in Management (BDRM) - December 30 submission deadline

International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) - January 15 submission deadline

Association for Psychological Science (APS) - January 31 poster submission deadline

Society for the Study of Motivation (SSM) - January 31 poster submission deadline


Grad Hack: Gifts for Your Grad Student

Ever wonder why graduate school doesn’t come with an instruction manual? Now you’ve got it: Grad Hack, giving you quick and dirty tips for your graduate career and beyond.

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and you’re probably getting questions about gifts. Don’t have time to make a list? The GSC has you covered - just print and distribute our list! Click here for a (tongue-in-cheek) list of the perfect presents for grad students everywhere.


Interviews With Psychologists

Each year, we ask psychology professors a series of questions that we think might provide useful information to current students.

This issue, we asked: What would you do if you weren’t a psychologist? Click here to see their answers!

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