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Graduate Students’ Column
By Catrin Andersson, GSC Editor

Hello Fellow Grad Students!
It’s a new year and a new Graduate Student Committee has been elected, chaired by the devoted Melissa Bayne from UC Santa Cruz. While the GSC is very committed to both social issues and change, the greatest strength of the committee of 2010 is its diversity—in both interests and nationalities.  It is our goal is to make sure that graduate students are aware of SPSSI and the resources and opportunities therein. Of course, a great opportunity for all of this is at SPSSI’s 8th Biennial Conference in New Orleans.

The Graduate Student Committee will host a symposium on issues relating to graduate studies.  We know very well (or too well sometimes) the pressures and demands of being a graduate student, and in these times of economic recession the prospect of finding a job may seem daunting and nearly impossible. While the conference program is still being shaped, some of the topics on the agenda include maintaining balance, public policy and advocacy, and finding academic and non-academic jobs.  During the mentoring lunch student attendees will have the unique opportunity to connect with leading scholars in the field.  Finally, there will be two social hours during which graduate students can meet early career scholars and other students.
It is the GSC’s mission to make sure that you make the most of your graduate experience and that you are prepared for life after graduate school. Please feel free to go to the student section of the SPSSI website and drop any of us an email if you have any suggestions or questions regarding graduate student issues or becoming involved. Perhaps there are resources you would like to see added to the student website. We would love to hear from you.  Also, make sure to be friends with SPSSI on Facebook to stay up to date on relevant topics and events.

We hope to see many of you in New Orleans this summer!

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