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About Daphne Palasi

Daphne is a junior at Baruch College and loves that Baruch allows her to read literature, write stories and poetry, and take classes with amazing faculty members. She has served as Managing Editor of Encounters Literary Arts Magazine and is currently Editor-In-Chief of the Bearcat Blogs. She works as a literacy tutor, a psychology research assistant, and a volunteer teaching assistant in a school for autistic children.

Domincan College Psychology Conference

Hi everyone,

Here is another opportunity to present your lab’s current research findings and/or REU independent study project. Dominican College, located in upstate New York, will host their undergraduate psychology conference on Friday, April 25th. Here is a link with more information: Dominican College Conference.

Additionally here are the requirements and deadlines:

Call for abstracts for the 2014 conference.

Procedure for submitting papers & posters

1.   Cover sheet including

a) Title

b) Name(s), phone & email addresses of all authors

c) University affiliation

d) Name, email & phone # of sponsoring faculty member(s)

e) Indicate preference for poster or paper presentation

2. 200 word (max) abstract in APA format

3. Submit abstracts & cover sheet via email as MsWord attachments. Subject line must say “HVUP Conference”

Deadline for submitting abstracts is April 10. Incomplete research will also be considered, but please indicate if data will be collected and analyzed by conference due date so we know if your presentation will be a literature review or a completed research project.  Abstracts after deadline will be considered if space permits. Email for more information:
All abstracts must be sent as an email attachment in MsWord or text format to Kelly Johnson above.
  • April 4 — Abstracts due
  • April 11 — Notification of Authors (will do on rolling basis with late abstracts…)
  • April 20 — Deadline to Register (for guests; presenters need not register)
  • April 25 — Conference

The Graduate Center, CUNY

Hi everyone,

I remembered that many people in our class are interested in pursuing their doctorate degree and staying in New York City. While selecting the faculty member that matches your interests is arguably the most important factor in choosing a program, geographic location is equally significant, as well. If you’re going to live somewhere for 4-7 years (or more!), you might as well enjoy the place! So I could totally see why many of you want to stay in the metropolitan area.

I’ve been told that CUNY has a great psychology graduate program. According to their website, CUNY Grad has PhD programs in a huge range of areas including: social, comparative, clinical, health, neuroscience, cognitive, animal, and I/O psychology. I would definitely encourage everyone to check out the faculty in these various programs, and consider any of these programs. Furthermore, the cost of a graduate degree at CUNY is much more economical compared to other private programs.

Here is the website to the CUNY Graduate Center.



Applying to Clinical Psychology Programs & More Personal Statement Tips

Hi everyone,

I noticed that several people have already posted helpful sites and articles about how to approach writing the personal statement. However, I found some additional sites that I think also offer great insight into writing a strong, compelling, and personal piece:

1. For more general advice about how to structure the personal statement, see: Writing in Psychology

2. This article highlights how to approach the statement with a clinical psychology program in mind; It is called Applying to Doctoral Programs in Clinical Psychology: Writing an Effective Personal Statement. (I am worried that the article might be outdated, as it was written in 1999, but I do feel that a lot of the advice can still apply to applicants today!)

Also, there are a great number of us REU students who are interested in clinical psychology, particularly working with a child and/or adolescent population. I found this article (or manuscript!) written by a student at the University of North Carolina to be extremely insightful–The author discussed applying to a clinical psychology program, and focused on students who were interested in taking a year or two off to build their application before applying to graduate school. This is something many of us, myself included, are looking into, as well. I also liked that the author highlighted the specific types of experience and research he did to get into a clinical psych program!

The article is called “Before You Apply to Graduate Programs in Psychology: Knowing When You Are Ready and Gaining Post-Bac Experiences.”

I hope you guys find this helpful!