The Social-Personality Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Program was originally created as a summer research internship for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in social-personality psychology. In 2021, the program transitioned into a March to December model with a similar mission—to expand opportunities for research experience for students from historically underrepresented racial backgrounds. Notably, the new SPUR program seeks to foster training and community engagement through virtual interconnections.

Now Seeking the Next SPUR Coordinator

The SPSP Diversity & Climate Committee (DCC) is in search of a new Coordinator for the SPUR Program, to begin Aug. 1, 2022.

The Social-Personality Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Program was originally created as a summer research internship for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in social-personality psychology. In 2021, the program transitioned into a March to December model with a similar mission—to expand opportunities for research experience for students from historically underrepresented racial backgrounds. Notably, the new SPUR program seeks to foster training and community engagement through virtual interconnections.

The work of the SPUR coordinator includes managing mentee/mentor conflicts, being responsive to student stress and anxiety concerns, providing feedback for mentees on their various projects including their grad school and work applications, and in general coordinating speakers and guests for SPUR activities. The coordinator will also be responsible for providing an outcomes report to the DCC at the end of the 2023 program (December 2023), possibly applying for additional program funding if needed, and assisting in onboarding the next year’s coordinator. This one-year position includes a $6,000 USD stipend. Materials/workshops from prior years are available to the incoming coordinator. Administrative support is provided by SPSP staff. This position offers a rewarding opportunity to mentor undergraduate students from historically underrepresented racial backgrounds as they consider pursuing graduate school in social psychology.

Interested SPSP members (with a completed PhD) should complete the application by June 15.

Apply to be SPUR Coordinator