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.