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Convention Kick-Off & Welcome Breakfast

8:15am-9:30am on Friday, January 29, Room 1A

Sponsored by the Diversity & Climate Committee, for members of groups historically underrepresented in SPSP and first-time conference attendees to meet each other in a relaxed environment and discuss suggestions for getting the most out of the conference. Brief presentations/panel and networking opportunity.

*Attendees must bring their breakfast from the Exhibit Hall to this sessoin. Breakfast will not be provided in the session room.

GSC Mentoring Lunch

1pm-2pm on Friday, January 29 and Saturday January 30

Do you want to meet an expert in the field for some friendly advice and insight? The mentoring lunch offers graduate students an informal opportunity to discuss their research interests and career development with an established professional in the field. As in previous years, the mentoring lunch will be held during the lunchtime poster session on both Friday and Saturday, providing approximately 400 students an opportunity to meet an expert to discuss a variety of topics in psychology, sign up here!

GSC Student Social Night* - Tin Roof

Doors open 8:30pm Thursday, January 28

Take some time out of your busy conference schedule to relax and socialize with your graduate student peers at Tin Roof (401 G Street, San Diego) on Thursday night. Join us for food, fun and dancing. A complementary drink will be offered to the first 500 attendees. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

GSC "Speed-Data-ing" Event

6:30pm-7:15pm on Friday, January 29

The convention can be overwhelming to network and meet new people. Now there is a perfect way to do so: come to “Speed Data-ing!" Based on the standard speed-dating paradigm often used in relationship work, this event will afford you an opportunity to meet and chat with several small groups of your peers over the course of 45 minutes (and still make it to poster session afterwards!).

This is an excellent opportunity to find future collaborators, network with people who will be your colleagues for years to come, and perfect your “elevator speech”! To maximize your potential collaboration opportunities, we will first match attendees by research area; but not to worry, throughout the course of the event you will have the chance to chat with researchers from all different areas of social and personality psychology. Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited so sign up quick!

GASP Mentoring Lunch

1:00pm-2:00pm on Friday, January 29

Co-sponsored by the SPSP Diversity and Climate Committee, this event features volunteer faculty mentors hosting small group discussions of research and professional issues, including LGBT issues in the academic job market, positioning LGBT research for publication, obtaining funding for research on sexual-minority populations, and other diversity and professional development topics. Pre-registration for this event is necessary, sign up here!

GASP, the GLBT Alliance in Social and Personality Psychology, is an official affiliate of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Membership and events are open to all, regardless of sexual orientation or research interest. Allies are especially welcome.



*This event is partially sponsored by Sona Systems and Millisecond Software 

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