Friday, January 27, 2012

Master's Degree in Cognitive Visualization

Interested in a new field -- the intersection of psychology and graphic design? Check out the information by clicking on the digital graphic on the left.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Spring 2012 Division C Newsletter Feature

We will be submitting updates on the latest happenings among our Division C members in our coming newsletter/blog. One item we want to highlight is emerging scholars who are planning to defend their doctoral dissertation this spring or summer 2012. You must be a Division C student member.

If you are one of these lucky people, please email Yin at This will be reported on a first-come first-served basis for the first 5 emerging scholars who write to me by January 27. Please email me your Name (in full), University, Program, brief dissertation focus and a photo. I will also feature you here on the blog. :) Looking forward to hearing from you!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Don't Forget to Apply!

The application deadline for Grad. Student Leadership positions is now Feb.7th. If you are interested in serving Division C, please apply here:

No prior experience is needed. You will receive a stipend to attend AERA the years you serve if you are selected.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Venting those PhD Emotions

You know, those frustrations that only those who are going through a PhD will get you? For students at the advanced stage of doctoral studies, the dissertation writing stage, emotions can run really high. It's no laughing matter to say that some students have suffered nervous breakdowns or depressive disorders because they don't know how to manage these emotions.

Sometimes, advanced PhD students are labeled as "negative", "crazy", "nutcase" people because they happen to talk to people who don't understand what they are going through. Well, here's a great suggestion by a guest blogger, Dr. Shari Walsh, careers counselor at Queensland University of Technology. Writing on the PhD thesis blog, The Thesis Whisperer, run by Dr. Inger Mewburn, from RMIT Melbourne, Dr. Walsh recommends holding "Whingeing Wednesdays" and having "b*^#@h buddies" to keep your sanity! Read more here...

The blog has really great tips to help you survive the lonely journey when you start to feel marginalized and alienated; you know, like you are one against the world writing about some esoteric topic? So check out the other advice too! Thank you, Dr. Mewburn and her other guest bloggers.

We want to do our part to support you too. If you would like to voice your struggles anonymously, please do so every Wednesday here at this blogpost -- just post your comments. If you have positives/successes to share, please feel free to comment here Fridays to Mondays! Or our Facebook page. Oh, by the way, please try to keep your comments reasonably short, PhD students don't want to do more reading than necessary, right?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Call for Applications: AERA 2012 Div C Graduate Student Seminar

Please note the deadline for the Division C graduate student seminar has been extended.

Gale M. Sinatra
Vice President, Division C, AERA

November, 14, 2011

Plans are underway for the 2012 Division C Graduate Student Seminar, which will be held Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13 prior to the AERA Annual Meeting in Vancouver. This year Susan Yoon (University of Pennsylvania) is serving as chair and Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia (Duke University) is serving as vice-chair.

The objective of the seminar is to provide graduate students who are members of AERA Division C with an opportunity to receive mentoring and advice from current faculty members and to begin developing professional relationships with current and future leaders within the field. The seminar is intended for full-time, advanced level doctoral students who are approaching the dissertation phase of their programs. Students who will have finished their dissertation by the end of April 2012 should consider applying for the Division C New Faculty seminar instead.

In addition to presentations on topics such as job search, and grants and funding opportunities, the seminar will consist of panel discussions on teaching, research, and publishing. Students will also participate in a research directions review with mentors, as well discussions on how to revise your CV.

Students interested in participating in the Graduate Student Seminar should submit the following by 5:00pm on Sunday, January 15, 2012. All email attachments should be sent to the chair of the seminar ( with the subject line [Div C GSS Application].

• A general statement of why you are interested in attending the Division C Graduate Student Seminar and what you hope to gain from this experience. Include in the statement:

1) Where you are in your timeline for completing your degree requirements, e.g., date of proposal defense;
2) Research interests;
3) Career goals and job search timeline and;
4) Preferences for mentors.

• A 2-page summary of your dissertation research.

• A vita that includes name, address, institution, telephone, fax , e-mail , educational background, awards, professional publications and presentations, teaching experience, and service activities.

• A letter of recommendation from your advisor, major professor, or dissertation chair sent directly to the Seminar chair (this must be sent to us by the due date in order for your application to be considered).

Upon acceptance, participants will also be required to submit a writing sample (e.g., a manuscript to be submitted for publication) to their assigned mentor(s) by March 15, 2012. A limited number of participants will be selected for the 2012 Graduate Student Seminar based on graduate status, clarity of research interests, and match with participating mentors.

Notifications will be sent out by January 31, 2012. Students who attend the seminar will receive a small stipend to support travel costs. To be eligible, students must be members of Division C and must register for the annual meeting. We look forward to seeing you with our Division C colleagues in Vancouver next April.