March 30, 2007


We are pleased to announce that Julia Conkel, second year Ph.D. student in CSPP, has won the all-university President’s Student Leadership and Service Award. This prestigious award is the only university wide award for students. Julia was 1 of 12 of the 18,000 graduate and professional students across the University-Twin Cities campus to receive this award. The award is presented for exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and surrounding community. Recipients of this award are recognized for their empowerment of others on a unified path for the common good, their motivation to create positive social change in the community and the world, and their dedication and assistance to benefiting other individuals, groups, or communities.

The President's Student Leadership & Service Awards are facilitated in coordination with the Office of the President, Office for Student Affairs, University of Minnesota Alumni Association, Twin Cities Student Unions, and the Student Activities Office.

Please join us in congratulating Julia.

Posted by kwalter at 1:52 PM


The Scholarly Community is cordially invited to share the Final Oral Dissertation presentation by

Sarah Elkin

In partial fulfillment of requirements for PhD in Educational Psychology

A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School Of the University of Minnesota

Investigation of the Minnesota Self-Determination Index for Use with Adults with Cognitive Disabilities:
Support for the Tripartite Ecological Model of Self-Determination

Monday, April 16, 2007
9:30-10:30 a.m.
118 Pattee Hall

Dr. David R. Johnson (chair)
Dr. Sandra Christenson (advisor)
Dr. Brian Abery (advisor)
Dr. Susan Hupp

Posted by kwalter at 10:16 AM

March 27, 2007


The recognition of a need for cross-program communication and collaboration within Educational Psychology has prompted the development of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC).

The role of this committee is to provide a vehicle of communication between graduate students in Educational Psychology and department administrators, specifically, the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department. In addition we hope this new committee will promote cohesion between the programs in our department, especially among graduate students.

This committee will operate in an advisory position, so we feel it is important that graduate students within Educational. Psychology are aware of who their representatives on this committee are. Below is a list of current GSAC representatives by program.

Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology: Chris Bedford (bedf0002) & Deanne Truax (truax027)
School Psychology: Monica Jacob (jacob858) & Isadora Szadokierski (szado001)
Special Education: Brian Cichy (cichy004)
Psychological Foundations: Danielle Dupuis (dupui004), Ben Siepel (seip0019), & Yasmine Konheim-Kalkstein (konh0001)
Quantitative Methods in Education: Catherine Wanjugi (wanju001) & Lija Greenseid (gree0573)
Educational Psychology COGS Representative: Caroline Hilk (hilkx006)

The next GSAC meeting will be in April, so be sure to contact your representatives with any thoughts, ideas or concerns as well as ideas for future social events!

Thank you,
Danielle Dupuis & Monica Jacob
Co-Chairs of GSAC

Posted by kwalter at 11:51 AM

March 22, 2007


Congratulations to Professor Ernest Davenport on receiving the 2007 University of Minnnesota Outstanding Community Service Award! Ernest was recognized primarily for his work preparing groups for the ACT/SAT exams. Ernest, along with the other four awardees from across the UM, will be recognized at an award dinner in April as well as a reception and ceremony at a Board of Regent’s meeting.

Posted by kwalter at 3:00 PM

March 15, 2007

REMINDER: Submitting Thesis Proposal and Thesis Planning Panel Forms

Doctoral candidates are required to submit the Thesis Proposal and the Thesis Planning Panel forms by the end of the semester following completion of your oral prelim.

If forms are not submitted in a timely manner, a hold will be placed on your record. If you completed your prelim oral in Fall Semester, you should be submitting your thesis proposal by the end of this semester. Be sure to contact Kathy Walter ( if you need to request an extension.

For detailed information about these forms, talk with your advisor and refer to the Ed Psych Student Handbook.

Posted by kwalter at 2:35 PM

The University is closed on Friday, March 16.

Posted by kwalter at 2:31 PM

March 5, 2007

APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships

The Educational Psychology Department may nominate up to three students for the American Psychological Foundation's COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarship in Psychology program. These scholarships include the $4000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarzzo Scholarship, $2000 Clarence J. Rosencrans Scholarship, as well as a number of $1000 scholarships.

The scholarships will be given directly to the individual graduate students enrolled in an interim master's program or doctoral program. If a student is currently enrolled in a terminal master's program, the student must intend to enroll in a PhD program. Several fellowships have been reserved for students who, at the time of application, are within the first two years of graduate study in psychology. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs. The American Psychological Association Science Directorate will administer the granting of the scholarships.

More information is available at The internal deadline for these scholarships is May 15, 2007. Submit all application materials, including letter of recommendation from your advisor, to Kathleen Walter, 206 Burton Hall.

Posted by kwalter at 11:40 AM

March 2, 2007


The 7th Annual Graduate Student Research Day will be held on Friday, March 9th, 11:00 - 3:00, in the Mississippi Room of Coffman Memorial Union.

Please join us! Paper presentations will begin at 11:00; posters and refreshments at 12:30
RSVP: 612 624 1698 or

The Department instituted the Grad Student Research Day in 2001 in recognition of the abilities and talents of its students. This annual event has been designed with three purposes:

-- to provide a format for graduate students to present their research and be recognized locally by peers and faculty
-- to provide students an opportunity for professional development and practice for future state or national conferences, and
-- to promote a department-wide activity that brings faculty and graduate students together around a common goal of disciplined inquiry.

Posted by kwalter at 1:31 PM

ACNP Minority Faculty Research Fellowship

For information about the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology's Minority Faculty Research Fellowship, go to

Posted by kwalter at 12:01 PM

The 9th Martin E.P. Seligman Award Competition

The Martin E.P. Seligman Award recognizes excellence in dissertation research in the emerging field of positive psychology. Underwritten by the John Templeton Foundation since 1999 and supported by the American Psychological Association, the award consists of $1000 cash grant and travel expenses to the Positive Psychology Summit in Washington D.C. where the presentation is made each year.

Dissertation must have been completed after March 30, 2004, to be considered for this competition. Deadline is April 15, 2007. More information is available at

Posted by kwalter at 11:00 AM

APA Student Research and Travel Funding

APA Student Travel Awards
Annual award program for graduate students who have been accepted to present their research findings at the APA Convention. Information about the competitive application process becomes available online each fall. Application Deadline: April 2, 2007

Dissertation Research Awards
Annual award program to assist doctoral students with the costs of dissertation research. Information about the competitive application process becomes available online each spring. Annual Application Deadline: September 14, 2007

APA Early Researcher Awards
The APA Science Student Council is proud to introduce an annual competition for early (i.e., pre-doctoral) research. The purpose of the program is to reward an outstanding student research project completed before the dissertation. Each year two $1,000 awards will be granted: $1,000 for an award in basic science, and $1,000 for applied. Application Deadline: July 13, 2007

APF/Todd E. Husted Memorial Award
The APA Science Directorate administers, on behalf of APF, the APF/Todd E. Husted Memorial Award. This single award in the amount of $1000 is awarded to the students whose dissertation research has the most potential to advance mental illness services research. Application deadline: September 14, 2007

For more information and application information, go to

Posted by kwalter at 10:20 AM


The Educational Psychology Department is allocating funds for reimbursement of student travel this year. Award amounts will be based on the number requests received, up to a maximum of $250 per student.

To request funds you must be an active Educational Psychology graduate student and travel to and present at a national or international conference or professional meeting between July 1, 2006 and June 20, 2007. Your faculty advisor must approve the travel. Send your advisor a letter noting the title of the paper presentation, including all authors and presenters, and the name, date, and location of the conference. Also include proof of attendance, a copy of the conference program showing the presentation, original receipts for all expenses for which you are requesting reimbursement. Your advisor should sign the letter, noting his/her approval.

Submit all of the above and a completed expense reimbursement form ( to Lori (PsyF), Mary (SpEd and CSPP) or Deb (SchPsy) by May 15, 2007. No late requests will be considered. If you are presenting after June 20 (e.g. APA), those requests will be considered during the 2007-2008 academic year.

Posted by kwalter at 9:31 AM

March 1, 2007


The University will close at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon due to the snow emergency. Classes and events have been canceled for today. Please listen to local news for possible University closings for Friday, March 2nd.

Posted by kwalter at 1:59 PM