Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: May 11, 2021


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New this week...

This week's deadlines...

  • Space is still available in PSY 475 in Summer 2021 - please register by May 14th if you are interested in taking this class. More information here.
  • Deadline to apply to the Summer Undergraduate Research Program is May 14th.
  • Hey Graduates! Deadline to complete form to participate in the in-person recognition ceremony is May 15, 2021.

Ongoing and (still) important...

Apply by May 28th to become a PSYCD New Student Peer Mentor! 

We are soliciting applications for peer mentors, which will again be facilitated via the PSY/CD 102 Orientation class in Fall 2021 taught by Drs. Bennion and Jovanovic. The commitment is approximately 6 hours per week, including attending class and mentor meetings from 10-1 pm on Fridays. You are welcome to enroll in 2 units of PSY 401 credit (CR/NC) toward completion of your electives in exchange for serving in this role. See more detailed information and apply here ASAP but no later than Friday, May 28th!

Interested in pursuing a career in research? Apply for the Psychological Science scholarship by May 31.

Are you a Cal Poly Psychology major interested in pursuing a research career rather than a clinical/counseling career? If so- and you meet the following requirements- please consider applying for this scholarship. 


  1. MAJOR: Psychology
  2. GPA (overall): Minimum 3.5 GPA
  3. Class Level: Psychology majors who have completed the equivalent of two years of study, including transfer units.
  4. Focus: Must show promise in the discipline as an empirical scientist, demonstrated by coursework and/or faculty supervised research. (This scholarship is not available for those pursuing a career in clinical or counseling practice.)
  5. Preference given to students from Cal Poly partner schools, first-generation college students, and/or those with financial need.

 To apply, go to the Scholarships tab on your Cal Poly portal and select the scholarship. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2021 for the 21-22 academic year.


Virtual Senior Project Symposium, June 3rd 11-1 (apply to participate by May 21st)

Every spring we gather to hear about the work PSYCD seniors have been doing for their senior projects.  Last year, we had to switch to a virtual format and it was so successful that we're doing it again this year! 

The Senior Project Symposium is your time to shine! Join us for a fun time on June 3rd from 11 am – 1 pm and present your senior project to the Psychology and Child Development community at Cal Poly. If you are interested, let us know by filling out the following form by 5 pm on May 21st 


Filling out this form will NOT commit you to present. We will contact all who express interest again later in the quarter. 

Format: Online via Canvas. Presenting as a group.

Requirements: Post a ~5-minute video about your project and share the slides. Additionally, you will answer questions that are posted to your group’s discussion board during the session.

Are you interested but nervous? Don’t be! We are a very supportive community and want to celebrate your hard work this year. Plus, this is a great way to practice for future presentations (especially if you apply to graduate school).

PSYCD Student DEI Experience Survey

A committee of PSYCD students and faculty are working on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in our department and will use the findings of this survey to make policy changes. Please help the PSY&CD department by filling out this anonymous survey.

PSYCD Survey

Do Research

PSYCD Research Internships in 2021-22

Qualified students may gain research experience working with faculty researchers. Arranging a research internship is initiated by the student. A listing of faculty research interests can be found here.  Not all faculty on this list are actively conducting research at this time. Interested students will need to talk to individual faculty members about availability of research assistant positions in 2021-22.  

CLA Summer 2021 Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Deadline: May 14th

Applications are now being accepted for the CLA Summer Undergraduate Research Program. 

Note that this is an opportunity developed by and run by the College of Liberal Arts. It is not a PSYCD program, although some of your PSYCD faculty may apply. Up to 9 faculty projects will be available for student applications.  Funded projects will be available for students to review and apply for by May 1.  Please join us for information sessions to address additional questions.  Full details available in the SURP Request for Proposals.

Questions should be directed to Dawn Neill, Director of Research Engagement and Internationalization, CLA

Be a Research Participant

Help out with a study on college students’ attitudes towards reusable menstrual products and the general perception that students hold about menstruation. I am completing this study under Dr. Joni Roberts, from the Department of Kinesiology and Public Health. Last quarter we sent out a survey and now we are looking for volunteers to take part in a focus group discussion! These discussions will occur over Zoom and their primary purpose is to collect qualitative data about personal perceptions and experiences relating to menstrual hygiene. Here is the sign up form...




Academic Year 2021-22 Tentative Course Offerings are available on the PSYCD website!

The PSYCD department is providing an advance look at the 2021-22 course schedule.  All offerings are listed as *tentative* and may change.  In Fall, some classes will be offered in person, and some face-to-face. 

  • PSY 458 and CD 411 will not be offered in 2021-22.  If you are a PSY or CD major who needs these classes to graduate, please arrange to meet with Dr. Jipson to discuss an appropriate substitution.
  • We will allow students who have not taken the GWR to enroll in PSY/CD 461 next fall.

General information:


 Spring Commencement 





Cal Poly’s Virtual Spring Commencement will take place on Friday, June 11, and feature six academic college ceremonies. These virtual ceremonies will feature messages from campus leaders and alumni, memories from your time at Cal Poly, the conferral of degrees and graduate name reading. Ceremonies will be made available by 11 a.m. to watch according to your own schedule.


In addition to the official virtual commencement ceremony, the university will also host modified in-person graduation recognition events – one for each college. For CLA this is  Sunday, June 13, 2021 @ 4 p.m.

Eligible graduates who want to participate in the graduation recognition events at Alex G. Spanos Stadium must let us know as soon as possible by completing the Spring Commencement 2021 Graduate Recognition Event Intent to Participate form. 

The deadline to complete this form is May 15, 2021.

For more information about the Cal Poly graduation click here:


We are looking forward to celebrating our amazing PSYCD 2021 graduates!  Stay tuned for more details about the informal and fun reception that we know will be virtually the best ever!!



  • Physical distance doesn't have to mean social distance. Get involved in the Poly Child Development Club, the Psychology Club and/or join Psi Chi (the National Honors Society for Psychology).

  • For  more highlights and news about the PSYCD Department, follow us on Facebook and Instagram and LinkedIn

  • virtual hang out

    We are going to close out this year with lots of opportunities to just hang out together. PSYCD Virtual Hang Outs will be held on weeks that there are few organized club events.  They will sometimes be club sponsored, sometimes hosted by a few faculty, sometimes hosted by our amazing grad students. Feel free to drop-in and just say hi, or stay awhile and chat about anything and everything. 


(click here for a full listing of campus events)

Bad Apples come from Rotten Trees in Policing: Racism and Reimagining American Law Enforcement with Dr. Rashawn Ray


Dr. Rashawn Ray


Dr. Rashawn Ray, a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution, is Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also one of the co-editors of Contexts Magazine: Sociology for the Public. Ray’s research addresses the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality with a particular focus on police-civilian relations, health disparities, and voting behavior. His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through racial uplift activism and social policy. Ray has published over 50 books, articles, and book chapters, and roughly 50 op-eds. Recently, Ray published the book How Families Matter: Simply Complicated Intersections of Race, Gender, and Work(with Pamela Braboy Jackson) and another edition of Race and Ethnic Relations in the 21st Century: History, Theory, Institutions, and Policy, which has been adopted nearly 40 times in college courses. Ray has written for the Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and NBC News.

Dr. Bedelia Richards

Understanding Systemic Racism & AntiBlackness in Higher Education Institutions with Dr. Bedelia Richards

FRIDAY, MAY 21 AT 1:00 P.M.


Dr. Bedelia Nicola Richards is the founder of RaceTalk LLC, which provides empirically based solutions to race and class-based inequities. She is also an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Richmond. Her scholarship interrogates the role of educational institutions in reproducing institutionalized racism and classism, and aims to promote critical thinking in regards to how institutions of higher education can better work for students and faculty from diverse backgrounds and communities. She has published a co-edited volume titled Clearing the Path for First Generation College Students: Qualitative and Intersectional Studies of Educational Mobility. In addition, her work appears in journals such as Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Social Problems, and Sociology Compass. As a publicly engaged scholar, she has also shared her expertise through Scholar Strategy NetworkInside Higher Ed, and other platforms.

This event is hosted by the Women and Gender Studies Department. The event is free and open to the public.

BIPOC Support Group: ROOTS

May is APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) Heritage Month!

See a full list of events here.

Apply for a 2020-21 PSYCD Student Virtual Travel Award

The Psychology & Child Development Department has approved the use of limited discretionary funds during the 2020-2021 academic year for reimbursement of student expenses related to presenting at a virtual conference or attending a virtual conference.

Any Psychology or Child Development major, or Psychology graduate student, who plans to spend personal funds towards such an activity may apply for a PSYCD Virtual Travel Award. Students may apply for one virtual conference reimbursement per academic year. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through June 1, 2021.

Please follow these steps at least 2-3 weeks before the virtual conference (if possible).

  • STEP 1: Fill out the Student Virtual Travel Award Application as soon as you know you will be requesting financial support to attend a virtual conference. You can request the application form from Robyn Hastin
  • STEP 2: If award application is approved, student will be emailed a Virtual Conference Request Form. Student must submit this form at least 10 days prior to the virtual conference.
  • STEP 3: Following the virtual conference, preapproved students must send the following information to Andrea Nash (
    • Registration fee receipt
    • Description of your experience at the conference, and a reflection on how conference attendance contributed to your professional growth (1-2 pages)
    • If you presented at the conference, please also attach evidence of your authorship role, such as an acceptance letter or copy of the conference program that includes your name and the title of your presentation.

Have you (virtually) attended a conference? 

The Cal Poly PSY/CD Department and Psychology Club want to hear about your experience attending or presenting research at conferences. We are hoping to share your experiences so that other students may be encouraged to attend future conferences.

Please respond to this survey:

Feel free to reach out to Rebecca ( if you have any questions.







Faculty Office Hours 

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We have now published Zoom links for faculty office hours on the PSYCD Website. Remember that these times are reserved for you! Drop in with advising questions, career/graduate school questions, or just to introduce yourself and chat.

Remember: Your faculty advisor can serve as your academic and career mentor and their signature is often needed for important paperwork. Be sure to reach out to talk with your faculty advisor on a regular basis. PSY First Year Students and new transfers received an email from the department with the name of your faculty advisor. CD students can find their advisor under Academic Advising on our department website. Students admitted into the PSYCD majors through ICMA will receive an email with advisor information.


Student Advisory Committee 

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The PSYCD Student Advisory Committee provides consultation to the faculty on relevant undergraduate and graduate student issues.

They are ready to bring your comments and concerns to the department so email any member directly. Read about and find contact information for the committee members here: Student Advisory Committee   

The SLO Counseling Service at Cal Poly is taking new clients for FREE short-term counseling and consultation. 


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The clinic is staffed by advanced graduate students in the psychology department and treats Cal Poly students as well as individuals, couples, families, and children from the community.  During this time of the novel corona virus, services are offered virtually and they are free. Please call 805.756.1532 for an appointment. Sessions will be conducted by phone or computer. 




Mustang News is hiring!

Mustang News is hiring across all of the Mustang Media Group platforms – Mustang News, KCPR, Mustang Business – and are looking for aspiring journalists, video reporters, photographers, social media coordinators, advertising account executives, designers and so many more. The official list of positions is: News Multimedia Journalist, Sports Multimedia Journalist, Opinion Columnist, KCPR Content Writer, Arts and Student Life Multimedia Journalist, Podcast Producer, Podcast Manager, KCPR News Reporter, Data Reporter, Content Editor, Data Analyst, Video Reporter, Bilingual Journalist, Designer, Photographer, KCPR Designer, Social Media Coordinator, Advertising Designer, Advertising Account Executive

Changing the game takes talent — yours. Join us! For more information visit

For further questions about any of the positions, feel free to contact next year’s Editor in Chief Tessa Hughes at

Cal Poly User Experience Club - CPUX Event

AIGA x CPUX Resume and Portfolio Workshop

All experience levels welcome!

  • When: May 20 @ 11AM-12PM (noon)
  • We will be supplying an outline of good portfolio practices (platform, case studies, layout, etc.) within the design industry. Then, breakout rooms will be available for peer reviews!
Aubrie Adams Speaker Event: Examining Digital Communication and Media Research
  • When: May 17th @ 12:00 PM PST (noon)
  • Where: Sign up through Eventbrite
  • Description: This talk provides an overview of research at the intersection of New Media and Interpersonal Communication. Learn about research related to text interactions, video games, learning, and media effects. Information will be provided regarding a new program on campus called the Media and Communication Research Initiative. Students can apply to participate in this program and receive support and assistance with presenting projects at annual conferences.
To be informed of future workshops and events, please sign up for our Remind here, and follow our Facebook and Instagram!

New Cal Poly club focuses on mental health

Wazo Connect is a new student organization that aims to improve mental health on our campus through peer mentorship and wellness activities. We offer all students in need with a peer mentor for 6 weeks per quarter. All our mentors are trained and hand-picked to help their mentees feel comforted and connected to campus life. The mentee and mentor will have goal-oriented weekly meetings for 1-3 hours for 6 weeks in the quarter. We also offer 4 Wazo Wellness activities per quarter which are designed to provide our mentees with alternative forms of self-care and self-expression. Previous workshops were on meditation, aromatherapy, yoga, dance, improv and more. 

We are reaching out to see if YOU would be interested in pursuing a position in our club as a board member or mentor! Links to the applications are listed below. Help us improve mental health at Cal Poly! If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at!

Link to Mentor application! 

Link to Board Member Application! 

Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group

The GCSIG meetings for spring quarter will be on Mondays at 4 p.m. PST; the first meeting will be on April 12th. We will be presenting an introduction to the career of genetic counseling and what our club is about, so now is a great time to stop by even if you have never come before! The zoom link for this meeting is Even if you can’t make this weeks meeting, please join our slack and follow us on instagram to learn more! 




Poly Canyon Ventures is now accepting applications

If you are interested in everything sustainability, VC, entrepreneurship, or are looking to gain more experience then please apply! PCV is looking to bring in new creative thoughts regardless of experiences and/or major. Please see the flyer here or for any questions feel free to reach out to

Teaching for Inclusivity and Equity Program

Cal Poly's new residency program, Teaching for Inclusivity and Equity Residency (TIER) funds residents 27K to attend the program. They make a 3-yr commitment to work in either Santa Maria or Lucia Mar after the program.  These students are also desirable employee candidates because these partner districts will be involved in their training throughout the program. In the news

Are you interested in a health-related profession?

If you are thinking of pursuing a health-related career (e.g. medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, public health) check out Cal Poly's Peer Health Advising Blog to learn about workshops and events happening this quarter.



Off-Campus Research, Mentoring, Conference, and Employment Opportunities 

*New announcements will be posted in full for 2 weeks. You can access prior Tuesday Newsday announcements via the links at the end of this page. There's lots of good stuff in the archives - check it out!



grad school info

  • Sign up for the UC Davis Envision program now!




  • Family Care Network is hiring a Rehabilitation Specialist!

  • County of San Luis Obispo is hiring a B.H. Specialist!

  • Evolve Treatment Centers is hiring!

  • Little Sprouts SLO and Avila are hiring for the summer! Little Sprouts is an infant and toddler daycare for children 5 months to 3.5 years old. Fun work environment with flexible hours/ schedule. Looking for both full-time and part-time positions! If interested, please email

  • Law Foundation of Silicon Valley is hiring a summer intern! The intern will work primarily in a project to analyze data related to evictions, but may work on other projects as requested by attorneys. This can include help with research, data collection, filing, and case investigation. The project will require the intern to work on-site and do field work in San Jose, so the intern must be able to travel to San Jose to work on the project.

  • Hand In Hand Preschool and Infant Center is seeking a full-time Infant, Toddler and Preschool Teacher!

  • Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) is hiring!

  • United Methodist Preschool is hiring a teacher!

  • River Way Ranch Camp is searching for college students who are passionate about working with youth in the outdoors and who would love an opportunity to further their education and training.  They provide over 55 hours of in-depth training, including American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED,  Ropes Challenge Course Facilitation, child behavior and emotional skills training, and more. Furthermore, they focus on developing critical soft skills such as reliability, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. This paid position provides full room and board, and it is an opportunity that can bolster resumes and advance career development in this area of study. River Way Ranch Camp is located in the foothills of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and just 35 minutes east of Fresno, CA. Find them on as one of the ‘50 Most Amazing Summer Camps in the U.S.’ For more information, please click here.

  • Little Wings Preschool is hiring teachers!
  • Love to Learn Preschool is hiring part-time teachers!
  • Transitions Mental Health is hiring a Behavioral Health Navigator. This position provides emotional support, education, information, referrals and community outreach for adults with mental health challenges, with an emphasis on reaching underserved communities in rural regions of the county. More info here.

Internships (PAID AND UNPAID) and mentoring programs

  • The Center for Children and Families at Florida International University announces Summer Treatment Program Counselor, Research Assistant, and Teacher/Classroom Aide positions for 2020. The Summer Treatment Program (STP) provides services to children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, learning problems, and related behavior problems. The program provides treatment tailored to children's individual behavioral and learning difficulties. More information here!

  • The Plasticity in Neurodevelopment (PINE) Lab at Northeastern University is hiring a lab coordinator to start late spring/early summer 2021. This person will have the opportunity to work on a series of projects using neuroimaging to examine neurodevelopmental mechanisms linking experiences of stress and adversity to social and affective learning. The person in this role will gain experience with all aspects of the research process, which could serve as a launch pad to graduate studies. A two-year full-time commitment is preferred, and we encourage applications from members of under-represented groups in science. Click here for additional information. 

  • The Leonard Learning Lab at Yale, directed by Dr. Julia Leonard, is seeking a full-time lab manager for a 2-year-position to begin around July 2021. The lab investigates the underlying cognitive capacities and environmental factors that shape children’s learning and persistence. This position is ideal for those interested in gaining more research experience before pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology, cognitive science, or education. The lab manager will work closely with the PI, participate in all aspects of the research process, and have the potential to co-author posters and manuscripts and attend conferences. The successful candidate will be a founding member of a new lab and benefit from being part of the broader intellectual community at Yale. Click here for more information.

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. Search the 2021 REU opportunities for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences here! Deadlines vary per program.



How do I get help with the technology I need for my online classes?

  • It will be essential to have regular home internet access this academic year. It will also be helpful to have access to a computer, but in most cases you should be able to access content on a smart device (e.g., iPad, tablet, phone). If you need any help with technology send an email to
  • Cal Poly Information Technology Services is offering access to certain software previously only available in on-campus computer labs. Learn more about Virtual Computer Lab.

How can I learn more about senior project?

We have updated information about Senior Projects on the department website including an Online Learning Update.

Planning your schedule for the year?

We have updated the Tentative Course Offerings link to reflect the courses we are offering this academic year. REMEMBER, however, things can change so check back often. 

And as always....

To make an advising appointment with Dr. Jipson, please use the link below. Remember - if you make an appointment, keep it! Or cancel it ahead of time.  Thanks!


Advising Appointments with Dr. Jipson

For ICMA requests, please complete the Eligibility Inquiry Form prior to attempting to meet with Dr. Jipson.  Email with any questions. 

Tuesday Newsday Archives

April 27, 2021

April 20, 2021

April 13, 2021

April 6, 2021

March 30, 2021

March 15, 2021 (scroll to the bottom to see links to all archived Tuesday Newsdays from Winter 2021)

December 1, 2020 (scroll to the bottom to see links to all archived Tuesday Newsdays from Fall 2020)




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