Student Socialization Opportunities
Entering graduate school represents the continuation of your professional development, part of which will take you beyond the confines of New York University, your courses, and your research.
The successful PSI student goes above and beyond coursework, faculty research activities, and program milestones to engage in on-going professional development to build the unique skills and competencies they need for their particular interests and career goals.
We encourage students to consider each of the activities listed below as an integral part of your professional development and socialization. These activities will get your work known and help you to begin to establish important network ties. All of these can be critical to your future marketability and job success.
PSI Colloquium Series
The PSI program colloquium meets weekly and brings together PSI faculty, students and external speakers to present and discuss scholarship. It is mandatory for all PSI students for the first five years . The colloquium series is designed to 1) foster a sense of community among students and faculty through intellectual discussions and presentations, 2) expose students to various research topics, theory, and practices in psychology and social intervention through talks and seminars by external speakers, 3) encourage discussions around social issues (such as race, power, and privilege) through expert-led, structured workshops and 4) serve as a space for professional development workshops and conversations. Through these core events, the colloquium serves as an important venue for students and faculty to explore theoretical, methodological, and practical issues in psychology and social intervention in the current world.
PSI students can work as a graduate teaching assistant, course assistant, or adjunct instructor while completing their degree, during the semester or the summer. Students typically take on teaching responsibilities in the later years of their doctoral study.These opportunities are paid positions and are awarded in addition to their stipend or research fellowship. Serving as a teaching assistant helps students improve their teaching skills and confidence lecturing especially if they desire to work in academia in the future. Typical duties include: grading student assignments, grading exams, guest lecturing, answering student emails, and leading recitations and exam review sessions.
The advanced doctoral students in PSI take the lead on creating low-stakes social gathering opportunities for all students in our program. Some gatherings include both faculty and students, while others are exclusive to students. We cherish these spaces and times, utilizing them to connect professionally and personally, give and receive advice, and enjoy each other’s company.
Student Writing Groups
Especially necessary during a time when most of our students are studying remotely, students have created several small writing groups. Group members meet at least once weekly to share works-in-progress, provide feedback, and work in tandem. Writing groups are composed of students across years and mentors, and as such, are a key forum for engaging with ideas outside our main areas of expertise.