Graduate Student – Career Development

Career Development for Psychology Graduate Students

In 2013, H-SPRG began a Career Development for Psychology Graduate Students series. These presentations and discussions occur intermittently in our schedule and are designed to pertain to all psychology graduate students. Below you will find access to the materials presented at these meetings as well as other supplemental materials relevant to each topic.

“What I should have when I finish graduate school?” and “should I find a faculty position, post doc, or other, and how?”

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

This week will be the first Career Development in Psychology Hour sponsored by H-SPRG. The top 2 topics selected by students for this meeting will be “What I should have when I finish graduate school?” and “should I find a faculty position, post doc, or other, and how?” We have prepared some remarks pertaining to these topics from health-social, clinical, and visual-cognitive-neuroscience perspectives. In addition to myself other faculty members, including Leah Irish (who just completed the application process – successfully!), Katie Gordon (who still remembers what she had to do to get here), and others have agreed to join us to answer questions. I am really looking forward this and hope it can be a benefit to all of our grad students. Please come and be sure to provide feedback afterwards so we can continue to offer helpful sessions like this in the future.

Grad School Success Tables

“Reviewing an article: What’s that about?”

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

For the second Career Development in Psychology Hour sponsored by H-SPRG we are going to do a paper review exercise with everyone. For this exercise, a journal editor in our department has supplied an actual submitted manuscript for us to pick apart, dissect, demean, and otherwise decimate (and perhaps praise) on our own and then we will get together next Thursday to talk about what types of reviewer feedback would be appropriate and helpful to the editor and authors. Perhaps we can walk through a faculty member’s review of the same paper, or we can construct one together with everyone’s contributions. The goal of this exercise is for some experienced reviewers to help those of us who are less experienced understand the process and format for reviewing papers. So whether you are an expert or novice your participation in this meeting will be helpful.

Web Links

(Thanks for Rob Gordon and Ben Balas for Providing these!)

How to become good at peer review: A guide for young scientists

The Peer Reviewer’s Dilemma

A Grant Writing Primer for Graduate Students

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Unless your advisor’s lab has included you in writing and submitting a number of grants already, you probably have a lot of questions about grants right now. I know I did! So, in the next H-SPRG Career Development discussion, we will provide some basic information about grants, including, where to get grants, what is available for graduate students, when you should be writing your first grant, and how to write a good grant (notice I didn’t say “funded” grant.) Please come with your questions and note pads. If it turns out grads want more information on this topic we could have a follow-up.

Grad School Success Tables

(Web links included in this file)