Thursday, December 13, 2012

Excellence in Sociology Award

Alyssa Bell (right) received the Excellence in Sociology Award for fall, 2012.

Graduation Breakfast Pictures

Here are some pictures from the fall graduation breakfast. Congratulations to our new graduates! We wish you the best of luck in your careers!

Excellence in Psychology Awards

Darron Jackson (left) and Noah Cochrane (right) won Excellence in Psychology Awards for Fall, 2012. Congratulations!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Summer research opportunity

The Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University is currently taking applications for its summer research experience for students interested in conducting in-depth, hands-on research related to the biological basis of animal and human behavior. In addition to the research experience, students would also receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses. The program runs from June 1-July 27; students would be expected to participate for the entire time and to treat this as a full-time experience. More information and application materials can be found here. The application deadline is February 15, 2013. The program director has specifically stated that they are interested in recruiting students from "underrepresented groups", including those from rural areas or who are first-generation college students.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Psychology/Sociology Club meeting

The Psychology/Sociology Club will have its next meeting on Tuesday, November 13, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 1 of the Psychology/Sociology Building. We will discuss the GRE and how to prepare for it. We will also take nominations for the office of President and discuss fundraiser and T-shirt ideas. All are welcome to come.

PhD in Community Psychology program at DePaul University

Below is the text of an email I received recently about a graduate opportunity. "DePaul University offers doctoral degrees in both Community Psychology, as well as Community-Clinical Psychology. Over the past several years, we expanded our faculty in both programs to 12, including 9 from the Psychology Department and 3 with primary formal affiliations outside of psychology to enhance interdisciplinary efforts. Our faculty interests span an array of psychological and social issues, including addictions, chronic illness, disabilities, violence, depression, mentoring, community volunteerism and service, housing, and religious organizations. Human diversity across the lifespan represents a primary focus of our work, as we engage in community research and action in urban settings. DePaul University’s Doctoral Programs in Community Psychology take psychological research into practice. Our doctoral programs are designed to educate students to become community scientists, intervention designers, collaborators, community practitioners, program evaluators, and social change agents. Students are trained to analyze and research psychological phenomena at multiple levels. Our training at DePaul University specifically focuses on health promotion, empowerment, and prevention with diverse populations. In addition, our program emphasizes research, consultation, and interventions based in communities, schools, and work settings." DePaul is located in Chicago. More information about the program and application procedures can be found here.

Masters in Psychology at Arizona State University

Arizona State University is currently accepting applications for its MS in Psychology graduate program. According to the information the program faculty sent out, "Our goal is to provide students with both strong methodological training and background in several core content areas of psychology. The program is well-suited to those headed on to a doctoral program, as well as to students interested in research careers." Students who want to enroll for the 2013-2014 academic year should submit their application materials by February 15, 2013. More information about the program and the application procedures can be found here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Summer opportunity for undergraduate students

Davidson College sponsors an eight-week summer academic program for undergraduates at Broughton Hospital in Morganton, N.C., a state psychiatric facility serving western North Carolina. The program is an internship in clinical settings at the Hospital; students earn credit for one course from Davidson College as Practicum in Psychology (PSY 290). This course is taught by the Psychology Department Director at Broughton Hospital who is an adjunct faculty member at Davidson College. Besides working in the hospital, students have periodic discussion sessions with the faculty member and attend a weekly seminar with presentations by clinical staff at the Hospital. Because these times are arranged once the class arrives in Morganton, students should plan on being on site five days a week for the duration of the program. The program will run from May 29 - July 20, 2012.

Participants work with hospital professionals as observers and assistants in patient treatment programs. Students may have the opportunity to participate in other hospital trainings and/or field trips to settings where activities relevant to clinical psychology are occurring. Service to the hospital is an important aspect of all placement options. In past years placement options have included the Adult Admissions Division, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Division, or Specialty Services Division, which includes the adolescent, geropsychiatry, and medical units.

Program size is 8 students. The number of applications for the program has progressively increased over the last several years. Criteria for admission, therefore, are driven in part by the number of applicants and can become competitive. Applications from students enrolled at Davidson College will receive some preferential weighting. Applicants should have completed Abnormal Psychology prior to the program's start.

Tuition and room fees total $800. No financial aid from Davidson College is available; students needing financial help should inquire at their home institutions.

For detailed information, visit the Davidson College Department's webpage:

The application form is also there. Deadline: APRIL 1, 2012.

Visiting the Broughton Hospital web site at may be helpful.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Graduation information

If you are planning to graduate in Spring 2012, the deadline for ordering your cap and gown is Sunday, April 8. All cap and gown orders must be placed online. To order your cap and gown, follow the instructions on this webpage or click the “Information for Upcoming Graduates” link from the GSW homepage. That webpage will be updated periodically with new information, so check back occasionally for updates.

All students should check their radar email accounts regularly, but this is especially important for graduating seniors, as instructions for graduation will be sent to this email address.

Psychology/Sociology Club meeting

The Psychology/Sociology Club will meet on Monday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. in either Room 3 or Room 5 (depending on how many people show up). We will be talking about internships. Some current and former internship participants will be discussing their internship experiences, and Dr. Miller will also describe the internship requirements and registration process.

Students considering an internship are strongly encouraged to attend, particularly if they’re hoping to do their internship in Summer or Fall 2012.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Graduate Study at Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University has a newly revised M.A. program in Psychological Science (formerly Experimental Psychology). This is a two-year, 36-hour graduate program that will help students acquire the quantitative and methodological skills they will need to successfully compete for entry into a Ph.D. program in
Psychology. It also serves students who are looking for research experience and training they can use in jobs that require quantitative and methodological skills beyond the undergraduate level.

The program offers research opportunities in a number of areas including cognition, perception, child development, aging, social psychology, emotion, sports psychology, and educational psychology. While in the program, students work closely with faculty on their master’s theses. They also complete course work to advance their quantitative and methodological skills, to bolster their background knowledge in the core areas of psychological science, and to foster their professional development. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to develop their speaking and writing skills, and many collaborate with faculty on peer-reviewed publications and
conference presentations. Finally, most students receive financial support through assistantships and tuition waivers.

If you are interested in this program, please visit the program's website for more information. They are accepting applications through March 1, 2012.

Alliance Meeting

The Alliance is a GSW student organization dedicated to awareness, education, and acceptance of all those in support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. This includes people who consider themselves "straight allies", people who do not identify as LBGT but who support their friends, family, and fellow students who do.

This semester's first meeting of the Alliance will be on Tuesday, January 17, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 4 of the Psychology/Sociology Building. All are welcome to come.

Writing Center Open

The Writing Center is located in Room 107 of the English Building. The goal of the Writing Center is to help students through all stages of the writing process, from idea generation through citation. They are not there to proofread your paper, but can help you develop your topic and figure out the best way to express your ideas.

If you think the Writing Center can help you with your papers for your classes, please go check them out. They are open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.