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SPSP asked members to answer, “What one piece of advice would you give to a first-year Ph.D. student studying personality or social psychology?” Many of the responses we received had to do with the topics of appreciating learning and the process, academic success, relating to your advisor, and preparing for your career. You can read a variety of member responses, below. Appreciating Learning and the Process  |  Academic Success  |  Relating to Your Advisor  |  Preparing for Your Career
Let me begin by saying how extremely grateful I am to SPSP and to those on committee who selected me for this award.  Pushing the boundaries of a discipline that one calls home is not always comfortable.  Taking steps in directions not yet being pursued by others, leaving behind---if only temporarily—the security that being prototypically engaged can bring, and needing to find some points of support in the new territory one is exploring:  all of these can make one question, at least occasionally, whether the chosen ventures are likely to be satisfying and rewarding, whether in the short run, the medium, or the long run of a career.
A member reached out on the Open Forum asking for textbook recommendations to provide as a foundation for students in a first-year graduate social psychology course (many of whom are from other departments) before they read empirical articles for each topic. SPSP members offered a variety of helpful suggestions:
The following candidates will appear on the 2017 SPSP Ballot for election to the Board. Their terms will begin January 1, 2018. Links to vote will be e-mailed to eligible members the week of April 3rd. To be an eligible voter, you must be a full member with a doctorate in psychology and have paid dues through 12/31/2017. President  |  Member At-Large Position 1  |  Member At-Large Position 2

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