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2017 Student Committee Elections Launched

It’s again time to choose your Student Committee members for next year. The 2017 Student Committee will work to promote the interests of SPSP’s graduate and undergraduate student members. Their duties will include producing student focused content in our various publications and the SPSpotlight, organizing events for students at the annual convention and working with the SPSP executive board. All student members as of 10/15/2016 will be emailed a ballot to vote.

Open Positions:

2017 Chair
This a two-year term with the first year serving in the role of Chair of the Student Committee and the second year serving as the Past Chair. The Chair leads the committee and serves as the liaison to the SPSP Board of Directors.

Nina Briggs, University of Edinburgh (First-Year Graduate Student)

As an undergraduate student, I found that the amount of outside learning and networking resources available to me did not match the level of passion I had developed for the field. I was not alone in feeling this way, and I soon realized that by pooling our resources and working together to create our own opportunities my peers and I could foster a stronger and more supportive department. As secretary and Social Psychology editor for our department newsletter, MAZE, I was able to spread the word further and organize bigger events- including a training session that was filled to capacity and raised more than triple our annual budget. These skills have served me well in my current MSc degree; I have been able to use my editing skills as an editor on entries for the 2017 SPSP Conference, and I hope to show off my event planning and leadership skills as part of your Student Committee.

 

Hannah Moshontz, Duke University (Third-Year Graduate Student)

I would like to be a member of the SPSP student committee because I want to contribute to our research community, and to help SPSP continue to offer useful resources to its student members. I am enthusiastic about statistics and methodology, and as someone who studies social psychology at work in educational contexts, I am passionate about teaching these important topics and helping others develop enthusiasm for statistics and methodology. Our field is undergoing a period of self-reflection and change related to how we conduct research and the standards we use to evaluate research. It can be hard to keep up with evolving best practices and to understand the rationale(s) behind new best practices. I would like to organize accessible events at our annual conference focused on specific statistics and methodology topics (e.g., publication bias in meta-analyses) where people can get caught up on a) which practices are problematic and why, b) what they can do instead, and c) how they can implement best practices (e.g., which resources to use or consult). I have had relevant experience as an event organizer and in leadership positions - for example, I am currently organizing my program's brown bag speaker series and co-organizing a regional conference to be held in the spring.

 

2017 Vice Chair
This is a three-year term with the first year fulfilling the role of Vice-Chair, the second year the role of Chair, and the final year the role of Past Chair. The Vice-Chair assists the Chair in the leadership of the committee.

Hannah Moshontz, Duke University (Third-Year Graduate Student)

I would like to be a member of the SPSP student committee because I want to contribute to our research community, and to help SPSP continue to offer useful resources to its student members. I am enthusiastic about statistics and methodology, and as someone who studies social psychology at work in educational contexts, I am passionate about teaching these important topics and helping others develop enthusiasm for statistics and methodology. Our field is undergoing a period of self-reflection and change related to how we conduct research and the standards we use to evaluate research. It can be hard to keep up with evolving best practices and to understand the rationale(s) behind new best practices. I would like to organize accessible events at our annual conference focused on specific statistics and methodology topics (e.g., publication bias in meta-analyses) where people can get caught up on a) which practices are problematic and why, b) what they can do instead, and c) how they can implement best practices (e.g., which resources to use or consult). I have had relevant experience as an event organizer and in leadership positions - for example, I am currently organizing my program's brown bag speaker series and co-organizing a regional conference to be held in the spring.

 

Miao Qian, University of Toronto (Second-Year Graduate Student)

There are three main reasons why I would like the position.  1. I am always passionate about things related to students. Students' opinions and voice are very important in both conferences and academia, more broadly. We are the main audience who provides feedback and the future-mainstream who learn most now. The communication between students, professors, and organizations brings great opportunities for mutual improvement.  2. I have positive communication skills through various forms, including in person (speaking and listening attentively with colleagues), through phone, and email. Particularly, I have problem solving skills with discussion and deliberation.  3. I have developed my critical thinking, which allows me to learn and maintain my general objectivity when approaching new projects or situations. I have previous experience working as chair for students' association and students' groups. 

 

2017 Member-At-Large
These are all one-year terms with the option to run for re-election for a total of two terms.  There are four Members-At-Large and each takes on various projects and responsibilities throughout their year of service. Many projects, tasks, and initiatives involve events taking place at the Annual Convention.

Darlingtina Atakere, University of Kansas (Second-Year Graduate Student)

My name is Darlingtina Atakere and I am a second-year Ph.D. student in the social psychology program at the University of Kansas. My research efforts seek to provide understanding and explanation of the experience and management of chronic illnesses among older minority populations, with a focus on improving understanding of the influence of social determinants on health and aging. My interest in this position stems from the fact that it will provide me with an opportunity to bring information to students and assist them in networking with colleagues, and the fact that I have held similar positions in the past. Most recently, I had served as the coordinator of Student’s Association of Nigerians in Diaspora (US Chapter) and the Arkansas Tech University’s African Students forum. During this service period, I created and promoted opportunities for students from diverse background to network, collaborate, and support each other. As a Member-At-Large, I will create a forum for promoting connections between graduate students with shared interests, in an effort to attract diverse (e.g., international, minority, non-traditional) graduates to SPSP and maintain the interest of the existing members. I will work to increase their access to information about resources, and facilitate events to improve the engagement of members. Thank you for the kind consideration of my application. Knowing my capabilities, constant quest for self-improvement, and goal to always be informed in what are globally acceptable best practices, a decision in my favor is one you will never regret.

Mitch Brown, University of Southern Mississippi (Second-Year Graduate Student)

Given the recent successes afforded to me in my academic endeavors (e.g., several publications), I believe it is time for me to serve the very community that has provided me with such opportunities by being part of the SPSP student committee. I believe it is my duty to help provide more opportunities for grad students to develop professionally in an already-competitive world. Since collaboration has become a necessity in Social and Personality Psychology, part of my initiative as a member of this committee would be to contribute to a growing effort in assisting graduate students in initiating collaborative partnerships with fellow students in the hopes of synthesizing unique research that would have been otherwise impossible (e.g., geography). Our field thrives on the plurality of thought and it would benefit everyone for an outlet to exist that lets students find potential collaborative opportunities. My service starts with engaging students.

Mike Dooley, University of California, Riverside (Fourth-Year Graduate Student)

As a fourth-year PhD student at the University of California, Riverside, my research focuses on supportive relationships and how people utilize those relationships to manage the stress of uncertainty. We graduate students are intimate with the experience of uncertainty as we attempt to publish our research, prepare for future jobs, network with other researchers, and balance the demands of work and personal life. Therefore, as part of the SPSP Student Committee, I want to help build the resources so that graduate students do not have to face these stressors alone. At my own university, I have explored new ways to improve the student experience as a student-elected graduate representative, and I hope to similarly create new exciting opportunities within the larger SPSP community. In addition to continuing its effort at professional skill development, I believe the Student Committee can improve its tools to help students network, access job market materials and advice, and address other uncertainties associated with graduate work and life. As your nominee, I would push for improved dissemination of online tools and resources, increased connectivity with researchers from other institutions, and expanded purposeful networking events. The Student Committee position would be a fantastic opportunity to serve and connect with our student population, and I hope you will utilize your vote to add me to your support network.

Mona El-Hout, University of South Florida (Third-Year Graduate Student)

Hello! My name is Mona El-Hout, I'm currently a third year doctoral student at the University of South Florida. I am a social psychology student working in a cardiovascular psychophysiology lab. My main research arc examines the effects of negative interactions on cardiovascular reactivity and recovery, particularly the stress that results from racial discrimination and sexist encounters. I am also interested in the influence of political unrest on negative attitudes and behaviors toward outgroup members. This is my first time running for a position on the SPSP GSC and am very excited for the opportunity! While I do not have direct experience working on a council of a major organization such as SPSP, I do have experience representing my fellow classmates as the Graduate Student Representative on my program's Executive Committee for almost 2 years. I am also involved with my program's Diversity Committee, which along with hosting smaller events that encourage collaboration across the psychology department’s programs, has planned and organized a wide-spread event which target undergraduate students of minority status to teach them about and encourage them to apply to graduate school in the last year. I also frequently volunteer my time to organizing various events, such as my department's annual Psychology Expo, which showcases the various labs in the department as well as hosts a poster presentation for undergraduate research.  I am also a course instructor for an undergraduate course and have spoken to many undergraduate groups about the pros of graduate school and the application process. I am passionate about representing my fellow graduate students and being a voice for their needs as well as advancing opportunities for minorities in psychology, and I would be absolutely thrilled to be a member-at-large for the upcoming year! As a member-at-large, I would love to plan events that would create opportunities for graduate students across the world to network with one another in arenas outside of the annual conference, in addition to the usual responsibilities of the role. Thank you for your consideration!

Sarah Lee, Emory University – Goizueta Business School (Third-Year Graduate Student)

It really energizes me to share whatever skills and knowledge I have for the greater good. I served as an officer in both academic and panhellenic fraternities in college, and believe myself to be good at communicating with different kinds of people. I have experience mentoring both high school and undergraduate students in the following: college admissions, helping with writing and building resumes. I love working with junior students, including my current research assistants, who are both psychology and business school majors. I hope to guide and aid in any way I can; I believe knowledge and skills are better shared!

Anastasia Makhanova, Florida State University (Fourth-Year Graduate Student)

I'm very passionate about student involvement when it comes to conferences and academic societies. I'm currently the graduate student representative for two small regional conferences and really enjoy being able to reach out to students who are interested in attending a conference and helping them both prepare their materials and take advantage of student events. I've started getting involved with SPSP by serving on the Undergraduate Resources Task Force. If I become a Member-at-Large, my goal would be to make sure that students have the necessary support and access to important information. I would strive for representing and including students with diverse interests and needs.

David March, University of Tennessee (Third-Year Graduate Student)

As a member of SPSP and attendee of the SPSP conference for 3 years now, I've seen the massive and rapid progress SPSP has made in such a short time. I'd like to be a part of continuing that progress by contributing to the further betterment of SPSP. In my professional as well as academic careers, I've prided myself on being able to effectively work with people in any environment to bring about positive growth, and I'd like the opportunity to do so with my fellow graduate student members of SPSP.

Angela Robinson, University of California, Irvine (Second-Year Graduate Student)

My name is Angela Robinson. I am a second year PhD student at the University of California, Irvine and I am running for GSC Member-at-Large. I plan to implement new resources that will make our members competitive on the job market, whether in academia or in other industries. I would focus my work in two areas:  1) Open science. I plan to provide members with resources to make efficient and effective use of quickly evolving tools, including guidance on getting started and tips for getting the most benefit out of open science tools.  2) Leadership opportunities. Mentoring experience benefits a grad student’s CV regardless of career path. I plan to work with the Member-at-Large for Undergraduate Affairs to increase opportunities for grad members to mentor undergraduate members on grad school applications.   I gained leadership experience serving in a similar position for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. In that role I organized a methodology webinar series for student members, featuring grad students as presenters. I would bring a similar dedication and creativity to planning free, widely accessible programming that will benefit SPSP student members.

 

2017 Member-At-Large for Undergraduate Affairs
Like the other Members-At-Large, this position is also responsible for carrying out the various tasks and initiatives of the committee specifically with the focus of undergraduate members in mind. As undergraduate membership in SPSP grows, this Member-At-Large will focus on programming and resources relevant to undergraduates interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the field.

Jenny Barton, University of Texas at Austin (First-Year Graduate Student)

I am a first year doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin and I also hold a Master’s degree in General Psychology from the University of North Florida. While completing my Master’s degree, I held the position of Academic Chair in our Graduate Psychology Organization. In this position, my role was to connect undergraduate and graduate students to resources related to coursework and research, as well as advocate for travel funds to help undergraduate and graduate students attend conferences. Additionally, I have spent many hours co-mentoring undergraduate students in my research labs. Mentoring and encouraging students to pursue their goals has been particularly meaningful to me, as I get to watch undergraduates flourish as researchers and young professionals. As I reflect on my undergraduate career, the most salient factor was the mentorship I received from my advisor. I can attest to the benefits of investing in undergraduates and I would like to focus my attention on returning that investment.    As Member-at-Large for Undergraduate Affairs, my focus would be twofold: foster a culture of accessibility and inclusiveness for all undergraduate members. I would like to create an online forum in which undergraduate students can openly network with graduate students to discuss their research, professional opportunities within and outside of academia, and the graduate school process. Additionally, I would like to create a networking session at our annual conference, in which undergraduates can meet with graduate students to further facilitate this process. A program of this nature may help promote efficacy in regards to research, provide a platform for open communication, and stimulate interests in pursuing a graduate degree. Together, as graduate students, we can work to influence a new generation of researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to solve problems and improve lives. As Member-at-Large for Undergraduate Affairs, I will work to boost membership, empower undergraduates to achieve their goals and foster a sense of belonging, and I am enthusiastic about this position and determined to carry out an accessible and inclusive agenda for all undergraduate members. 

Amanda Butera, St. Joseph’s College (Undergraduate Student)

I am very interested in becoming more involved with organizations that boost awareness to undergraduate students looking towards their futures. Graduate school and professional affiliations are such important aspects to having a successful career in Psychology. I have attended many conferences and have presented my work at a few. I am very ambitious and determined to spread of the word of opportunities available to those seeking more education and connections. I am currently in the process of applying to graduate programs for clinical psychology and am hopeful that all of the experiences I have been able to take part in help me get to where I want to be. If I can help someone else to reach their goals through any way possible, I am up for that task. I am currently the president of Psychology Club at St. Joseph's College which allows me to be an advocate of available resources and possible opportunities that my peers should be aware of and take advantage of. What gives me such great joy and a sense of accomplishment is knowing that I have aided someone else in their journey to become all they can be!

Naomi Isenberg, Seattle Pacific University (Undergraduate Student)

I am applying for the Member-at-large Undergraduate Affairs position because I am passionate about helping undergraduate students get the most out of their undergraduate years. I believe that the undergraduate years provide the most benefits for exploration and curiosity. I want to help enrich the experience undergraduate students have when they are trying to discern their vocational calling. This position will enable be to live out this passion on a larger scale and within a community that I am a part of. Some relevant experiences that I have are attending the American Psychological Association's Annual Convention 2016 to present research as a research assistant, and I am also the current Psi Chi chapter president for my university. One idea that I would want to implement is to provide undergraduate students who plan on attending the Annual Convention a "map" through the convention's mobile app. Students will answer some questions regarding their interests in the field and things they hope to see and experience, and then suggested sessions and socials will be presented to them to help them navigate the convention according to their answers. The programming can be very overwhelming for undergraduate students who may not be familiar with all the subdivisions and fields, and so this map will help them find things to do that are of particular interest to them.

Ezgi Ozgumus, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (Second-Year Graduate Student)

I would like to run for an undergraduate-focused committee position because increasing numbers of undergraduate students interested in Social and Personality Psychology indicate an untapped potential that would greatly leverage our field. Undergraduate students planning to pursue graduate studies often suffer from limited information explaining what Social Psychology is, and express dissatisfaction with the paucity of guidance with regards to potential future career opportunities they can follow. Toward this end, I am eager to support undergraduate students with identifying resources pertaining to various professional and personal development opportunities, with ways to improve the overall competitiveness of their graduate school applications (I have personally gone through this process twice!), with building networks/resources to develop collaborations with other fellow undergraduate students.

2017 SPSpotlight Co-Editor
These two positions are one-year terms and are in charge of the student newsletter, SPSPotlight. Co-Editors write, curate, and determine the content of the newsletter that is released monthly to all student members. Co-editors have the administrative support of the SPSP Central Office.

Katheryn Bermann, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (Second-Year Graduate Student)

I wish to be considered for the position of SPSpotlight Editor. I have accumulated substantial experience with writing and editing by being the Public Affairs Officer for Oshkosh's Graduate Student Association, as well as a Journalist and Co-Recruitment Chair for two psychology-related organizations during the completion of my undergraduate degree. I also completed an article-writing internship over the summer, where I gained practice in writing using the inverted pyramid approach. I consider myself a very good fit for this position and would appreciate being able to give back to the field of psychology as the SPSpotlight Editor.

Sofia Kousi, Athens University of Economics & Business (Fourth-Year Graduate Student)

Pursuing a PhD in an international business school makes me somewhat of an outsider, but at the same time that is exactly what will enable me to bring a very different perspective to the role of the co-editor. My experience studying both in the US & Europe and working in consulting and marketing research in many countries, will enrich the dialogue and breadth of information shared through the SPSPotlight newsletter. I would thoroughly enjoy the co-editor position, as it is a unique opportunity to communicate with the student members of SPSP globally, contribute to a deeper understanding of the extended applications of social psychology, and encourage successful collaborations.

Luke Wilmshurst, University of London – Birkbeck College (Third-Year Graduate Student)

Hello! My name is Luke Wilmshurst. I’m a 3rd-year graduate student at the University of London, Birkbeck (UK), and a social cognition lab member at the University of Toronto. A major focus of my research is cognitive load, and how it impacts judgement and decision-making.   Over the last two years, I’ve had the honor of serving on the SPSP Communications Advisory Board, been a member of the committee responsible for determining outstanding research awards, and wrote articles for our website’s Character & Context section covering sessions at SPSP2016. Prior to graduate school, I trained as a journalist and editor while working at the BBC. Since then I have written articles published in 10 countries, for organizations including University of Chicago and Stanford. I am excited about the possibility of taking on this Editor role, and how it would present an opportunity to apply my journalism experience to subject matter I am very passionate about as an academic researcher.   As co-editor, my vision would be to build SPSPotlight into a more collaborative publication. My first aim would be to increase opportunities for a diverse range of student voices to be heard. This newsletter can –and should- showcase ideas from more of the bright young minds in our organization. Second, I’d like to import ideas from some other publications I’ve worked with, to help SPSPotlight continue to evolve and take another step forward. This includes experimenting with new article formats to enable greater student participation, such as providing a forum where current events can be discussed, through a social psychology lens. Finally, in addition to being an editor, I’d like to share what I have learned to help out fellow SPSP members, through encouraging people to contribute articles, giving thoughtful feedback on submissions, and offering guidance on how to effectively communicate research findings to a broader audience of non-experts as well.   If you have any questions, or would like to see my portfolio of publications, please feel free to get in touch via email at lwilms01@mail.bbk.ac.uk or find me on twitter @DecisionNeuro. Thank you for your consideration.

 

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