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Eye on Psi Chi: Winter 2012

Four of 15 Graduate Student Opportunities Are New!
Martha S. Zlokovich, PhD, Psi Chi Executive Director

Over the last year, Psi Chi has created five new funding opportunities available to graduate students. The addition of these five opportunities brings the number of awards and grants for which graduate students may apply to 15.

Two new opportunities available exclusively to graduate students are the APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowships and the Graduate Student Assistantship Grants. The Junior Scientist Fellowships of $1,000 each are meant to jump-start the research programs of new graduate students and to provide them with feedback that will increase their chances of success if they subsequently apply for a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The Junior Scientist Fellowships were launched last summer, and the deadline for the next round of funding is June 30, 2012. New graduate students will apply either before they begin their first year of graduate school or after completing no more than two semesters of graduate school. Applicants are not required to have a complete research program already planned but must describe their previous research experiences and current research interests. Because of the popularity of this fellowship last year, the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) and Psi Chi have agreed to more than double the number available from four to nine in 2012.

The first round of funding for the Graduate Student Assistantship Grants will be awarded after the January 1, 2012 submission deadline. Psi Chi will award up to 8 grants of $3,000 each in order to provide one-semester teaching or research assistantship stipends for psychology graduate students. Preference will be given to graduate students who do not already have an assistantship as well as to those who joined Psi Chi as an undergraduate and served as an officer; however, any graduate student who is a Psi Chi member may apply.

Any Psi Chi member—undergraduate, graduate student, or faculty—may apply for the new Mamie Phipps Clark Research Grant to fund a research project that addresses ethnic diversity. This grant was available for the first time November 2011, and the next deadline is February 1, 2012. Psi Chi will award grants of up to $1,500 each and has a total $10,000 allotted to the program per fiscal year.

The fourth new opportunity available for graduate students and undergraduates is the opportunity to publish in the Eye on Psi Chi magazine by winning a Diversity Article Award. The first deadline for submissions is July 1, 2012. Submissions must be either scholarly work related to diversity (in areas such as ethnic, racial, LGBT, gender, or physical disability issues) or a profile of a psychologist who has made noteworthy contributions to advancing diversity issues.

The fifth new opportunity is also available to both graduate and undergraduate students. Because officers may be undergraduates or graduate students, graduate students may be eligible to be included in their chapter’s application for the new Kay Wilson Officer Team Leadership Award.

The other 10 awards and grants available to graduate students include one research grant and two awards exclusively for them. The Graduate Student Research Grants provide up to $1,500 for each grant supporting graduate student research, with a total of $20,000 allotted to the program per fiscal year. In addition, only graduate students may compete to win the Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award presented at the APS convention or the Edwin B. Newman Graduate Research Award presented at the APA convention.

Two other grants are available to both graduate and undergraduate students . Any student Psi Chi member may apply for the SuperLab Research Grants or the Thelma Hunt Research Grants for research on topics related to Psi Chi. Faculty Psi Chi members may apply for the Thelma Hunt Research Grants as well.

Psi Chi presents over 78 Regional Research Awards of $300 each to graduate and undergraduate students across the six spring regional meetings, as well as four undergraduate and four graduate student Society Research Awards for the best research posters presented at both APA and APS conventions. Psi Chi’s Regional Travel Grants totaling $18,000 to assist students with costs of attending one of the six regional conventions held in the spring.

In addition, both undergraduate and graduate students may be eligible for the Kay Wilson Leadership Award for Outstanding Chapter Presidents or the FBI NCAVC Internship Grant. The two annual $7,000 FBI NCAVC grants help with living expenses of Psi Chi members who are selected by the FBI for this prestigious internship at the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime in Washington, DC.

Here are my last reminders to help graduate students take advantage of the opportunities offered to them. If you are a graduate student who joined Psi Chi as an undergraduate, you are a lifetime member of Psi Chi who is eligible to apply for these awards and grants even if your graduate school does not have a chapter of Psi Chi. If there is a chapter at your graduate school, you may participate in it and choose whether to transfer your membership to that chapter. If you are a graduate student who did not join Psi Chi as an undergraduate, you may join your current university’s chapter after completing one semester in graduate school with at least a B average. In any case, we encourage all graduate student members to be active in their graduate school’s chapter of Psi Chi and to apply for awards and grants!

A high school teacher in Pensacola, Florida, inspired Dr. Martha S. Potter Zlokovich to pursue psychology as a career. She completed her BA in psychology at UCLA, and MS and PhD in developmental psychology at the University of Florida.

Dr. Zlokovich joined Psi Chi in 2008 as its second Executive Director, leaving Southeast Missouri State University after teaching there for 17 years. This move, however, was not her first involvement with Psi Chi. She served as chapter advisor since 1993, as Midwestern Region Vice-President (1998-2000), and as National President of Psi Chi (2003-04). In 1996, Southeast’s chapter won the Ruth Hubbard Cousin’s National Chapter of the Year Award, and several chapter members have won Psi Chi Regional Research Awards at MPA and/or had their research published in Psi Chi's Journal.

At Southeast, Dr. Zlokovich taught Child Development, Adolescent Development, Lifespan Development, Advanced Child Psychology, and Introductory Psychology for Majors. She also served as chair of the department. Her research interests have focused on student study habits, study beliefs, and persistence to graduation as well as adolescent and young adult contraception and sexuality.

Dr. Zlokovich and her husband Neil have two sons and a daughter-in-law. Aaron (Truman State University, 2010) and Stephanie live in Lexington, KY and Matthew is a senior civil engineering major at the University of Alabama.

Copyright 2012 (Volume 16, Issue 2) by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology


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