Scholarly & Professional Development

The Department of Psychology, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Graduate School all provide services to help support your scholarly, pedagogical, and professional development. Additional resources are available; please consult with your advisor(s), area support staff, and/or the ADGS to identify options tailored to your needs and goals.

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Explore Upcoming Programming

  • The Graduate School offers Academic & Career Development Workshops. See their upcoming programming or subscribe to their Google Calendar.
  • The Graduate Student Liaison Committee partners with the Grad Studies Office on an annual Student Development Series. Workshops and panel discussions are selecting based on feedback from students and are announced by email. See calendar invitations for upcoming events and details. Contact Hope Savaria ( with questions about this programming.

IDEA Development

Obtain training and build skills in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) to support your personal and professional development. Please watch your email for specific upcoming opportunities hosted by the Department of Psychology and other units.

Pedagogical Development

Presenting and Publishing

There are two main forums for sharing research findings with the rest of the academic community (other than invited papers and addresses): presenting at conferences and publishing in journals. Scholars also increasingly share their research via social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, a personal blog or website).

If you are interested in publishing in a specific journal, consult the Information for authors on the journal’s website for length, citation style, and other requirements. It is not permissible to submit the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time.

Open-access platforms make research output available at no cost to readers. Content typically has reduced or removed barriers to copying and reuse of the content. Learn more about open access at the University of Minnesota.

To present a paper or a poster at a conference, you (or sometimes your faculty sponsor) may need to be a member of the society giving the conference. Each society puts out a call for submissions prior to their conference. The submission usually requires an abstract of the research.

Professional Associations

Graduate students can become student affiliates of a wide variety of societies including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Membership in societies usually includes a subscription to that society’s main journal (e.g., American Psychologist, Psychological Science), newsletters (e.g., APA Monitor, APS Observer), and reduced rates for subscriptions to other journals and reduced prices on some books. Most societies have reduced dues for students.

You may also consider joining one or more of the Divisions of the APA and any specialized societies relevant to your interests (e.g., International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships). Your advisor(s) can help you find out about these specialized societies. Another way to find out about societies is by looking at journals. Most journals are affiliated with a particular society (or APA Division); information about joining these societies is published in the journals.

For information about joining the American Psychological Association visit the APA website.

For information about joining the Association for Psychological Science visit the APS website

Pat Frazier
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
N571 EltH | 625-6863
Laura Luepke
Associate Director of Graduate Studies (ADGS)
S243 EltH | 626-3483
Hope Savaria
Graduate Program Support & Event Specialist
S244 EltH | TBD
Heidi Wolff
Curriculum and Graduate Services Specialist
S258 EltH | 624-5002
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