Psi Chi/APA Science Directorate Internship Grant Winners
Jennifer (Jenn) Belding, Georgia Southern University
This summer, I had the opportunity to work for APA’s Science Directorate as an intern. As a recipient of Psi Chi’s APA Science Directorate Internship Grant, I spent 10 weeks in Washington, D.C., working to advance psychological science. The Psi Chi grant provided $3,500 to assist with relocation.
As an intern for Science Directorate, I met the students selected for the Summer Science Fellowship, a prestigious summer research experience for undergraduates. I assisted in coordinating the meetings for these students and discussed the research they conducted. Additionally, I was able to attend parts of the Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology course. As a result, I have a much higher understanding of regression analyses, which I can use in my own research. Other responsibilities included working on materials for the APA Convention and the Science Student Council and attending congressional briefings.
I loved the ability to attend congressional briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill as a representative for APA. I heard psychologists testify to the Department of Defense about sponsoring psychological research as well as the role of women in science, technology, education, and mathematics fields. Another great example of these meetings was the Grand Challenges in Neuroscience Workshop. I was able to hear leaders of neuroscience discuss the most important new areas for research.
Every single person at APA shared their enthusiasm for continued education, and my desire to attend graduate school is much stronger after working for the Science Directorate. I highly recommend that students take advantage of the many opportunities provided by this organization.
2006 - 2007 David Cyr Kerns,
Davidson College (NC) ( essay
2005 - 2006 Clare Mitchell
, College of Wooster (OH) (biography