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SPSPotlight: November 2015

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Featured News

SPSP 2016 Convention Updates


Grad Hack

Undergraduate News to Use


Featured News

Re-search into Me-search

Feature ImageWe often measure success in graduate school through the productivity that we can put on our CVs: papers written, posters presented, academic conferences attended. But what if you could share your research in a public, impactful way, without a single citation? Eden Hennessey shares her experience in turning her academic research into an artistic exhibition. Click here to read more.

Dissertation Diaries: Lessons in Academic Humility

Feature ImageA dissertation is a lesson in many things: research methods, statistics, literature review, academic writing… and humility. Read as Oliver Holmes describes how he dove head-first into the dissertation process a little TOO eagerly, and the knowledge he gained along the way. Click here to read more.



SPSP 2016 Convention Updates

#SPSP2016 Housing Updates

  • The housing portal for the 2016 SPSP Annual Convention in San Diego is still open.  Follow the link below to reserve the lowest priced rooms in the block before they’re sold out. RESERVE YOUR ROOM NOW!

  • Looking for a roommate? SPSP has set up an online survey to collect information from anyone wishing to share a room at the annual convention. Click here to put your name on the list. Click here to view the list of those looking for roommates.

#SPSP2016 Preconference Registration is Open

Registration for the SPSP 2016 convention Preconferences remains open. These dynamic and cutting-edge programs will take place on January 28th.  Register for a Preconference along with your annual convention registration. Click here for more information.

One of the SPSP 2016 Preconferences that may be of special interest to students is hosted by the SPSP Training Committee, titled: “Navigating the New Era of Social & Personality Psychology Preconference.”  This Preconference brings together some of the most well-respected names in the field to get their take on the state of the field, what changes are occurring, and how early career scholars can navigate our rapidly changing science. Click here to learn more.

GSC Student Social Night

We are pleased to invite all SPSP student convention-goers to the 2016 GSC Student Social Night! Take some time out of your busy conference schedule to relax and socialize with your peers at Tin Roof (401 G Street, San Diego) on Thursday night, starting at 8:30 pm. Join us for food, fun and dancing. A complementary drink will be offered to the first 500 attendees. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

GSC Convention Events

Waiting for to sign up for the Mentoring Luncheon? Hoping to guide students as part of the Peer Advising Match-Up? Excited to swap research ideas during Speed Data-ing? All of these events and more will be announced in the coming weeks - check SPSP Connect, our social media pages, and next month’s SPSPotlight for all the details!



Welcome to the new SPSP Graduate Student Committee!

Congratulations to the new 2016-2017 Graduate Student Committee (GSC)!  Below are the new members of the GSC:

Chair: Leigh Smith

Vice Chair: Eric Russell

Members-at-Large: Lameese Eldesouky, Onawa LaBelle, Jessie Briggs, Lindsay Roberts

Undergraduate Member-at-Large: Calvin Sims

We will provide further info on your new GSC in an upcoming issue of the SPSPotlight, but for now a warm welcome and a big round of applause!

Student Resources on

Need writing tips? Teaching activities? Stats tutorials? Advice on getting a job? All of these resources are available to you in one place on the Student Resources Page! Check out the great resources SPSP and the GSC have compiled for you!

APA Convention Submissions

Interested in seeing the Rocky Mountains next summer? APA Division 8 (Personality and Social Psychology) is accepting proposals for symposia and posters for the APA Annual Convention, to be held August 4-7 in Denver, Colorado. Graduate students and early career faculty in particular are encouraged to organize a symposium or submit a poster! APA non-members can submit proposals if a co-author is an APA member, or if they are sponsored by an APA member. Submissions are due by midnight EST on Tuesday, December 1, 2015: see the submission website for more details.

Joining APA Division 8: Social and Personality

SPSP student members are now eligible to join APA’s Division 8: Social and Personality.  As an APA Division 8 member, individuals qualify for the APA Convention member registration rate, while being a member of SPSP by itself, does not. APA Division 8 members also qualify for reduced rates for APA journals (e.g., JPSP).  

To become a Division 8 of APA member, individuals must apply via the APA website, meet APA's membership criteria, and indicate interest in becoming a member of APA Division 8, which requires an additional $2 paid directly to APA beyond regular APA dues.

Other Conventions

American Psychological Association (APA) - December 1 submission deadline

International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) - December 10 submission deadline

Behavioral Decision Research in Management (BDRM) - December 30 submission deadline

International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) - January 15 submission deadline


Grad Hack


Ever wonder why graduate school doesn’t come with an instruction manual? Now you’ve got it: Grad Hack, giving you quick and dirty tips for your graduate career and beyond.

Being a teaching assistant in graduate school is often the grad student’s bread and butter.  But rarely are we actually trained how to do it.  Click here for some tips we’ve learned that might help turn groans into grins with the students you teach.  


Undergraduate News to Use


Undergraduates seeking sage advice: look no further! Undergrad News to Use is here to give you tried and true help with all of the big events in your undergraduate career.

This month, GSC Member-at-Large for Undergraduate Affairs, Katy Krieger, provides some advice on how to make your personal statement pop! Click here to learn more.

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