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SPSP members share their advice on the best time to begin the job search process.
SPSP asked members to answer, “What one piece of advice would you give to a first-year Ph.D. student studying personality or social psychology?” Many of the responses we received had to do with the topics of appreciating learning and the process, academic success, relating to your advisor, and preparing for your career. You can read a variety of member responses, below. Appreciating Learning and the Process  |  Academic Success  |  Relating to Your Advisor  |  Preparing for Your Career
Let me begin by saying how extremely grateful I am to SPSP and to those on committee who selected me for this award.  Pushing the boundaries of a discipline that one calls home is not always comfortable.  Taking steps in directions not yet being pursued by others, leaving behind---if only temporarily—the security that being prototypically engaged can bring, and needing to find some points of support in the new territory one is exploring:  all of these can make one question, at least occasionally, whether the chosen ventures are likely to be satisfying and rewarding, whether in the short run, the medium, or the long run of a career.
Kay Deaux is the winner of the 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award. In her address at the 2017 SPSP Annual Convention, Kay expressed her gratitude for being selected, offered thanks to many people who supported and influenced her professionally, and explained why she took the path she did. She described some of her professional collaborations and what she gained from each, and noted the importance of keeping science and reason – and relevance – at the forefront of social and personality psychology, and of joining with others who share our values.
Kathleen D. VohsUniversity of Minnesota The Association for Psychological Science (APS) is general psychology’s premier scientific association. Each year its flagship convention attracts around 4,500 psychological scientists who gather to meet, greet, and exchange ideas.
A member reached out on the Open Forum asking for textbook recommendations to provide as a foundation for students in a first-year graduate social psychology course (many of whom are from other departments) before they read empirical articles for each topic. SPSP members offered a variety of helpful suggestions:

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