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The voice of SPSSI graduate students


Collaboration Corner: New online graduate student communities

Your Graduate Student Committee members are excited to introduce a new tool for you to make the most of your membership in SPSSI. We will be moderating a variety of Google Group listservs focused on different research areas for graduate student members. We hope that these groups will be a resource for students in a variety of ways: fostering collaboration and connections with other students sharing similar interests; a community which can provide guidance beyond what is provided in our respective institutions or conferences; and a place to discuss emergent issues in the areas that are most interesting to you.

We have created six groups to pilot the program based on popular areas of interest to our members. We encourage you all to sign up if one of these areas interests you.To join a group, follow the relevant link and click Apply for Membership:

Upcoming Policy and Methodology Webinars

Mark your calendar for several upcoming GSC webinars:

  • Science, Policy, and Controversy (Policy Series Speaker: Dan Hicks; Wednesday, April 19th from 3-4pm ET / 12-1pm PT)

  • An Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (Methodology Series Speaker: Robert Marx; Thursday, May 4th from 3-4pm ET / 12-1pm PT)

  • Measuring and Assessing Constructs: Exploratory Factor Analysis, Confirmatory Factor Analysis, and Average Variance Extracted (Methodology Series Speaker: Joshua Wright; Tuesday, June 6th from 1-2pm ET / 10-11am PT)

Register now for Science, Policy, and Controversy and Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, and watch for emails announcing registration for other upcoming webinars. YouTube recordings will be available to those unable to attend live.

These webinars are now available on the SPSSI YouTube channel.

Call for Submissions: Methodology Webinar Presenters

The GSC is looking for speakers for future methodology webinars. We invite submissions from graduate students who are enthusiastic about sharing methodology-related skills and approaches with other graduate students. Past topics included social network analysis, cardiovascular psychophysiology, and autoregressive latent trajectory analysis. Those interested in speaking on an upcoming webinar should submit an abstract of no more than 150 words by Friday, May 26th.

Get more info or submit an abstract here. Contact Angela at with questions.

Annual Graduate Student Member Survey

The annual GSC member survey is intended to help you connect with and get involved in the SPSSI community! Based on your survey responses, we can help facilitate your involvement in a variety of CV-building, networking, and professional support opportunities available through SPSSI. We also use this survey to identify new opportunities for developing resources that meet grad students’ professional development needs.

We invite you to complete this year’s survey, which should take about 10 minutes. There are new opportunities available each year, so please update your information even if you’ve completed the survey in the past.

Peer Match-up Program

The Graduate Student Committee’s Peer Match-up Program is an opportunity to be connected with another SPSSI graduate student. The goal of this program is to: 1) facilitate networking among SPSSI student members 2) to provide a mechanism to support one another in accomplishing their academic and professional goals.

To join the program, take 10 minutes to complete a quick survey: More info available on the program flyer.

Call for Submissions: Rookie Contributions

We need your voice! The Rookie is the graduate student section of The Forward and provides an opportunity for graduate students to disseminate their work to the larger SPSSI community. Rayne Bozeman, editor of The Rookie, would like to encourage you to help us make this newsletter interesting and inclusive for all SPSSI graduate students. Submissions should be brief (max. 500 words) and may take many forms, including, but not limited to: emerging research by graduate students, tips for surviving graduate school, describing the policy implications of research, etc. This year we would like to add a ‘Diversity Spotlight’ to emphasize both diversity in researcher's’ personal background, and in their research topics. For additional information, please visit the Rookie Submission Guidelines webpage.

To get involved: Questions or submissions should be directed to The Rookie editor, Rayne Bozeman, at

Upcoming Award Deadlines

SPSSI grad student members are eligible for a number of grants and honors. Check out the following opportunities with upcoming deadlines:

  • Applied Social Issues Internship: This award supports research conducted in cooperation with a community or government organization, public interest group or other not-for-profit entity that will benefit directly from the project. (Deadline: April 15)

  • Social Issues Dissertation Award: This award recognizes two dissertations, defended within the past year, that best demonstrate scientific excellence and potential application to social problems. (Deadline: May 1)

  • Clara Mayo Grants: This program support masters’ theses or pre-dissertation research on aspects of sexism, racism, or prejudice, with preference given to students enrolled in a terminal master’s program. (Deadline: May 15)

  • Grants-in-Aid Program: This program supports scientific research in social problem areas, particularly those that are not likely to receive support from traditional sources. (Deadline: May 15)

  • Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize: An award of $1000 is given to the best paper or article of the year on intergroup relations--a field about which Professor Allport cared deeply. (Deadline: June 15)

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