APA Dissertation Research and Early Graduate Student Researcher Award Deadlines Set for September

The American Psychological Association supports psychology graduate student researchers each year through its Student Awards Program.  Currently, the Directorate is advertising for two awards – the APA Science Student Council Early Graduate Student Researcher Award, and the APA Dissertation Research Awards.  Deadlines for both awards are in September – September 1, 2017 for the Dissertation Awards, and September 15, 2017 for the Early Graduate Student Researcher Awards.  Applications are welcome from graduate students in any research specialty area.

Through mailings and publicity we strive to reach students with information about our awards program each year.  Your help in distributing this information to your students is invaluable, and makes it possible to reach truly deserving students. If you have any questions about the awards program, please contact me directly at vholt@apa.org.


APA Dissertation Research Awards

Sponsored by the APA Science Directorate, the Dissertation Research Award assists science-oriented doctoral students of psychology with research costs. In 2017, the Science Directorate will grant up to 50 awards, ranging from awards of $1,000 to awards of up to $5,000 to students whose dissertation research reflects excellence in psychological science.

The application deadline is September 1, 2017. For more details about this award, including eligibility requirements and application materials, visit:



Early Graduate Student Researcher Awards

The Early Graduate Student Researcher Awards, sponsored by the APA Science Student Council, recognize students who demonstrate outstanding research abilities early in their graduate training (i.e., within the first three years of doctoral study). Both overall research experience and specific completed research projects are considered in selecting awardees.  Up to three awards are given each year, drawn from basic science, applied science, and interdisciplinary science areas. Each Early Graduate Student Researcher Award is in the amount of $1,000.

The application deadline is September 15, 2017.  For more details about the awards, including eligibility requirements and application materials, visit:


Teaching Opportunities for Graduate Students at University of Hartford

There are a few Fall 2017 undergraduate teaching opportunities available at the University of Hartford.

The expectation is to have one section of introductory statistics (covering central tendency, variability, hypothesis testing, correlation, T-tests, ANOVA, repeated measures, factorial designs, and chi-square) and one section of health psychology available.

If you have any questions, please contact Natasha Segool Ph.D.

Email: segool@hartford.edu

Phone: 860-768-5268

The Data Incubator Fellowship

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2017-09-11 to 2017-11-03.

Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html?ch=rec&ref=r0988b23042aa

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times, LinkedIn, Amazon, Capital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.


Complimentary APS Membership

The Association for Psychological Science (APS) would like your help in extending complimentary APS Membership to your department’s newly-minted PhDs (graduates in winter 2016 or spring 2017).

APS Membership includes a number of valuable benefits, among them:

  • Instant online access to all five field-leading APS journals, (and, submissions are now open for our brand new journal, Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science);
  •  “This Week in Psychological Science (TWiPS),” a time-saving weekly email featuring summaries of the latest research published in APS Journals;
  • Member-only registration discount for the APS Annual Convention, to be held in San Francisco in May 2018;
  • Affiliation with the leading organization dedicated to advancing all areas of psychological science;
  • Free subscription to the monthly Observer magazine;
  • And much more.

We will contact each person individually to offer complimentary membership. There is no obligation implied on the part of your institution, or any of your graduates by filling out the contact form or providing information. I assure you this really is a “no-strings” offer. We’ll even extend a current membership for one year if the new PhD is already an APS Member.

Rorschach Performance Assessment System Training

The University of Hartford will be hosting training on the Rorschach Performance Assessment System.  We believe this will be of great interest to both students and practicing psychologists who wish to learn the most recent approach to the Rorschach. Below is a brief description of the training, and I’m attaching a flyer for your information.   Please share with your collogues and students.
The University of Hartford is pleased to announce that we will be offering a workshop on the R-PAS (Rorschach Performance Assessment System) from Aug 7-10, 2017. The workshop will be led by Phil Erdberg and Don Viglione, and it is designed to provide in-depth training for psychologists with no previous Rorschach training or experience, as well as for those with previous experience who want a thorough understanding of the R-PAS. Registration fees are $600 before June 30, and $700 after that date; CEUs will also be offered at an additional charge. Please see the attached flyer for more information, or visit commerce.cashnet.com/rpas to register.

ATTN: Graduate Students 2017 Health Care Benefits Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is the time of year when continuing Graduate Assistants, Graduate Interns and Graduate Fellows are able to make changes to their existing medical and dental plan elections, including making changes for their eligible dependents, without a qualifying life event. Elections or changes made during Open Enrollment are effective September 1, 2017. As a reminder, any member adding a dependent to their insurance is also required to provide proof of the relationship, such as a marriage certificate for a spouse or a long form birth certificate for a child.

Please note: There will not be an opportunity to make changes to your insurance elections after May 15, 2017, without a verified qualifying life event. Graduate Assistants, Graduate Interns and Graduate Fellows who have not received confirmation of continuation for the 2017-2018 Academic Year and wish to make a change should do so now in the event they are continued.* If you have received confirmation of an appointment continuation from your employing department and you do not wish to make any changes, you are not required to take any action to continue your existing coverage.

Open Enrollment information including FAQ’s, rates, and to request an Open Enrollment Form can be found on the Human Resources website at http://hr.uconn.edu/ct-partnership-health-benefits/.

For questions regarding Open Enrollment, please contact the Benefits and HR Services Unit of the Department of Human Resources at HR@uconn.edu or by telephone at 860-486-3034.

UConn Language Fest

Saturday, April 29 9AM-4PM

First floor of the North Wing of Oak Hall, Storrs Campus

Conference Day Schedule:

8:45 – 9:30: Coffee, Registration & Poster Setup
9:30 – 9:40: Opening Remarks
9:40 – 10:40:
Ellen Lau, University of Maryland, Department of Linguistics
New Directions for Neural Measures of Syntactic and Semantic Structure Building
10:40 – 12:00: Poster Session AM
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 2:30: Poster Session PM; Coffee
2:30 – 3:30:
Casey Lew-Williams, Princeton University, Department of Psychology
Individual Differences in Prediction Dynamics Underlie Young Children’s Language Learning
3:30 – 4:00: Closing Remarks & Awards

Please visit our website to view this year’s full program, and see the attached flyer.

See you at the Fest!

Summer 2017 Graduate Fellowships Writing Institute

June 5-23rd | Monday & Thursday | 9AM-noon | Laurel Hall 308

Students of various disciplines work on their writing individually and in small groups, participate in writing-related workshops, attend presentations on writing-related topics, and receive individual tutoring. This program helps graduate students jump start fellowship applications.


  • Must be a registered student at the University of Connecticut to participate in the summer writing institute
  • Must be working on an active fellowship application for the upcoming school year
  • Must have no other commitments that conflict with your attendance at the institute


  • Bring laptop or tablet because it is expected to be actively working on drafts

Registration Deadline: May 5th 2017 –Space is limited to 25 participants


Dissertation Boot Camp

Dissertation Boot Camp
Monday, May 15th to Thursday, May 18th, 9am – 4pm
Storrs Campus, Pharmacy Library

Please note that registration is currently only open for those who can commit to all four days and who are working on their dissertations or dissertation proposals. Maintaining momentum on your dissertation can be tough, but making a commitment to structured writing time can help. Writing in the presence of others can also bring a sense of solidarity and productivity that can get you through even the toughest projects. For this reason, the University Writing Center is offering its final boot camp of the academic year during May. Participants will arrive with a draft of the chapters they are working on and their laptops, along with any notes or books. There will not be any tutoring or any lectures. The point is simply to make a commitment to sustained writing time and to generating pages.

Space is limited; to reserve your spot and to create an incentive for you to write for each of the four days, you must register through Eventbrite and submit a promissory note for $50 by Wednesday, May 10th. If you do not attend each day, the Bursar’s Office will charge you and we will use the funds for future retreats.

Register now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-2017-dissertation-boot-camp-tickets-33777375038

Contact Eleanor at gradwritinguconn@gmail.com with any questions.