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For this week's PSY&CD spotlight feature, Dr. Amy Iscold and Sybil Macy have interviewed each other. Read on to learn more about them.
Dr. Amy Iscold, Child Development Professor
- Is there anything from any of your previous educators (at any point in your life) that has stuck with you?
- I had a hysterical and slightly mean pediatric teacher who said, “Be genuine around children because children can sniff out fake adults” & “Optimal is the enemy of good enough.” Sometimes we try to be so perfect, we end up doing nothing at all. But sometimes we just need to manage lots of good enough things and sometimes good enough is good enough.
- What is your favorite season and why?
- I love autumn because it’s a celebration of beauty in ephemeral and transitory things. It’s a metaphor for life: it’s nature’s reminder of how there can be beauty in endings and death and illness and rest and pauses and aging and slowing down. It’s like finding beauty in extended goodbyes.
- What do you consider your greatest achievement?
- How I have performed motherhood.
- Which historical figure do you most identify with?
- The people I most identify with are the people that history has forgotten. The invisible people. The people that lived their lives and spent a moment of their time to make someone’s else’s day better.
Sybil Macy, Child Development student
- What is your favorite local place?
- Bang the Drum because they have Wednesday night trivia. It’s where I established a friend group that I enjoy spending time with. It’s not always the same people, sometimes people come and go, but it’s always a good time. And The Nest, a breakfast place in Atascadero.
- Which living person do you most admire?
- One person I admire that is my extended family is my cousin. She went to Cal Poly in the late 90s and she was a Parks & Recs major, but after becoming a ranger, she had to go back to school for her Masters and decided she wanted to become a nurse. She’s 21 years older than me, but she watches out for me and makes me feel seen. She has spoken to me about my childhood, and the divide in my multicultural family (mom is Chinese & dad Caucasian). It was meaningful to me that she’d noticed what I was experiencing and has always taken the time to seek me out and ask me how I’m doing. I admire her a lot for that.
- What is your favorite occupation/hobby?
- There was a TED talk with a guy who had ADHD and he said he tried all hobbies and that’s basically me. I can’t commit to just one hobby. I go through phases. I can’t commit to just one. I’ve done embroidery, crochet, painting. I don’t have a favorite because I swap. I think that’s okay. You don’t have to have a favorite.
- Who are your favorite writers?
- Impossible question.
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*At the PSY/CD open house on 10/26, 11:10 am-12:30 pm, there will be interview sheets provided for anyone who would like to do an interview with a PSY/CD professor, faculty, or fellow student. We would love to highlight any interviews from the open house for anyone that is willing to have theirs posted :)
Allison Scholl, '22
Every wonder what former Cal Poly Psychology students are doing now? Allison Scholl, class of 2022, was a Cal Poly Psychology major and dual Gerontology and Child Development minor. While at Cal Poly, she assisted Professor Bartlett in coding qualitative data collected on the Lives Well Lived project, an intergenerational service-learning project done in Psychology of Aging (PSY 318). After graduating, she continued to work with Dr. Bartlett in writing a manuscript for publication. Their article was recently published in the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships which can be viewed at the link below. Additionally, Allison now works at The Waters Senior Living as an Activity Director, implementing programming for older adults with physical disabilities and dementia. She is interested in geriatric social work, memory, and art therapy. Click here to view the article.
Dr. Susana A. López was recognized this past weekend at the Chicanx Latinx Faculty Staff Association ¡Viva Los Mustangs! Event for Latinx Heritage Month! This acknowledgment highlighted her contributions and work with the Latine community on our campus!
PSY/CD Open House!
Short Term Study Abroad Opportunity
Are you a junior PSY/CD major thinking about pursuing a Ph.D. after graduation? Consider applying to the department's Research Emphasis Track!
The Research Emphasis Track aims to provide PSY/CD students who have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. with an opportunity to participate in advanced independent research training. The track begins in junior year with a two-quarter research internship under the supervision of a faculty member and continues into senior year, culminating with a two-quarter independent empirical senior project. Applicants must be junior PSY or CD majors with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and major GPA of 3.5. This video provides information for interested students. Here is a link to the application (applications are due Fri, Oct 20).
Below is a list of the faculty members who are potentially accepting new Research Track students this year. We encourage you to read about their research on our Faculty Research Interests page in order to find the best fit with your interests, and reach out to them to discuss their research prior to applying (please do not apply to faculty members not on this list as they are not taking research track students this year).
Dr. Lucy Bencharit (social)
Dr. Jennifer Jipson (developmental)
Dr. Linda Lee (developmental)
Dr. James Antony (cognitive/biological)
Dr. Laura Cacciamani (cognitive/biological)
Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski (clinical)
MORE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES!
Qualified students may gain research experience working with faculty researchers as a research intern, as part of or apart from the research track. Arranging a research internship is typically initiated by the student. A listing of faculty research interests can be found here. Dr. Cacciamani is currently seeking interns:
- Dr. Cacciamani is looking for research interns to help with a project investigating the interplay between brain stimulation, sleep, and haptic perception. The students on this project will be involved with literature searching and reading articles, designing the experiment, and collecting data on human participants. Through this internship, students will be fully trained on the theory and implementation of brain stimulation. A 12-hour/week, 2-quarter commitment is required. Strong candidates should be hard-working, detail-oriented, and have an interest in research, the brain, and cognition. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in gaining research experience before applying to PhD programs. If interested in this position, please fill out this online application, and Dr. C will be in touch. For questions, please email Lcacciam@calpoly.edu.
PSY&CD COURSE UPDATES
CALLING ALL SENIORS!
If you are now a senior based on completed coursework, make sure that your intended graduation date is updated with the Cal Poly “changing your graduation term” form on the registrar website.
Field Internships for Winter - SENIORS!
You are eligible IF you are graduating Winter, Spring, or Summer 2024. Please start checking your email for an invitation to the Canvas site called PSY/CD Field Internship Orientation (let us know if after Monday (10/16) you do not have access). This site will help you understand the steps to take to secure a field internship. (You do not just enroll in internship - you start arranging your internship site the quarter before via our department canvas page!)
Tentative Course Offerings (TCO) for 2023-24
Please always check our TCO because it is where we first publish our updates:
FYI: The listings for Summer 2024 are not complete - we will add classes as we learn which we are likely to offer.
Informational forum about the Israel-Hamas war
Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group
Do you have an interest in biology, counseling, and advocacy? Still unsure what career you want to pursue? Come check out the Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group! They meet every odd week on Thursdays from 4:10pm-5pm in Baker (Bldg. 180), Room 112 this quarter. We hope to see you there!
Mustang News Roundup
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Campuswide Summer Research Poster Symposium and Mini Grad School/Research Opportunities Resource Fair
- Friday, October 13
- Engineering Plaza – near Bonderson (197) and ATL (7)
Study Abroad & Language Study
2023 Virtual Graduate and Professional School Fair
October is Graduate School Month, and Career Services is celebrating by hosting an event! On Thursday, October 19th, the department will be hosting the 2023 Virtual Graduate and Professional School Fair 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
This is an opportunity to network with institutions that are actively recruiting for their schools and programs. Graduate and professional schools will be providing information on academic programs and the application process. All interested students from every major, as well as alumni, are encouraged to attend.
Virtual Grad School Fair Attendees include:
- Keck Graduate Institute
- Western University of Health Sciences
- University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy
- Loyola Marymount University - Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering Graduate Programs
- Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego
- Colorado School of Mines
- Orfalea College of Business Graduate Programs
- University of San Francisco School of Law
- Drexel University - Admissions
- Claremont Graduate University | Office of Admissions
- Cal Poly School of Education
- UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco Master of Translational Medicine
- UC Berkeley Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department, Master of Analytics
- Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy and Technology
- University of Queensland-Ochsner Medical Program - New Orleans, LA - Medical School
- Duke University, Pratt School of Engineering Graduate Programs
Cal Poly Global Solutions Now Virtual Conference
Cal Poly’s Climate Solutions Now virtual conference provides a showcase of 70+ examples:
- Politicians leading change in government
- City and County staff implementing climate action
- Industry professionals changing how business is done
- Entrepreneurs finding opportunity in the challenges
- Academics developing new science, tech, and methodologies
70+ speakers from government, industry, and academia at this all-virtual conference
View the full agenda HERE
Get tickets HERE
Cal Poly Global Programs 2024
National Transfer Student Week
Join Safer for weekly dialogues - bring a blanket, and they'll provide lunch and conversation!
- We're all adults not, so let's talk sex. Join Safer and PULSE for a discussion about everything you didn't - but should have - learned in high school.
- Tuesday 10/17, 12-1pm, Dexter Lawn
- Giveaway: REI Pride Blanket
- What does our hook up culture at Cal Poly look like? let's discuss how this impacts our community's views about sex and intimacy.
- Tuesday 10/24, 12-1pm, Orfalea Courtyard
- Giveaway: Camping tumbler and utensils
Interested in Sustainable Global Development?
Engineers Without Borders, Cal Poly is a student-led non-profit organization that supports community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while creating multidisciplinary and leadership experiences for students. With four international project teams in Fiji, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Local, we work to address issues such as water, education, food security, sanitation, and energy by collaborating with our partnered communities.
We are hoping to diversify the majors represented in our club in order to fill roles in business and cultural sub teams as well as to harness cross-disciplinary perspectives in designing holistic solutions that fit the needs of our communities.
Whether you're passionate about business development, cultural insights, leadership opportunities, or making a positive impact, EWB has a place for you.
Join us for Crash Course (7-9 PM on 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, and 10/23 in the ATL (Room 07-02)), where you’ll learn about the EWB project process, community-centered design, and everything you need to know to join a project team and make a difference!
Go to linktr.ee/ewbcalpoly to sign up for our mailing list, club Slack channel and all other links.
How to be an Inclusive Leader with Raven Solomon
¡Adelante! Hispanic-Serving Institution Symposium
On October 17, the Office of University Diversity & Inclusion will be having their ¡Adelante! Hispanic-Serving Institution Symposium. They will be having several workshops and a keynote speech on what it means as Cal Poly moves forward in becoming an HSI. People who are interested in attending can RSVP using the following link: https://diversity.calpoly.edu/adelante
SURP + Poster Symposium
Cal Poly Music Department
Our Big Band director is searching for a drummer to play in our big band this quarter. Are any secret drummers on campus who are interested and available to rehearse MWF 11:10-12 in 45-216 and perform on November 17 at 7:30 pm? We provide the kit.
Chico State Informational Seminar: Master of Arts in Psychology: Option in Psychological Science
Chico State will be hosting an informational seminar about The Master of Arts in Psychology: Psychological Science program on Wednesday October 25th from 5:00-6:30 pm via Zoom. Please see (and share!) the attached flyer for full details. Interested individuals can email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
UCSB Teacher Education Program
About UCSB TEP:
We believe public education has the power to shape a more equitable future for all learners. Our 12-month teaching credential and master’s degree program is uniquely structured to focus on developing constructive relationships, immersing candidates in a full year of supported student teaching, and integrating coursework with fieldwork to put theory into practice.
Learn more about UCSB TEP by checking out our website, attending one of our upcoming information meetings, or signing up for our newsletter. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at email@example.com.
The PSY&CD deparment does not advertise family care opportunities in the Tuesday Newsday, but one of our student clubs runs a Facebook page that serves to link families with students for caregiving needs. The site is "Poly Child Development Club Jobs Page". https://www.facebook.com/groups/371465039705611/. You will have to request to be added to the group and then, once approved, you will be able to post.
RESEARCH PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY
You are being invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to provide a more holistic and contextualized perspective of Asian American and Asian international students’ experiences in higher education, by investigating risk and protective factors impacting Asian American students’ well-being. This study is conducted by Stephanie Chin and Dr. Amanda Mitchell of the University of Louisville, Department of Education and Human Development.
Your participation in the study will involve completing a web-based survey on Qualtrics. The study will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete. There are no known risks for your participation in this research study other than possible discomfort in answering personal questions. The information you provide will shed light on psychosociocultural factors impacting the well-being of Asian American students in higher education. Qualtrics does not collect identifying information such as your name, email address, or IP address. Therefore, your responses will remain confidential, but absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed over the Internet. Your information will be stored and secured by password protected computer. The information collected may not benefit you directly. The information learned in this study may be helpful to others.
You are eligible to participate if:
* You are 18 years of age or older
* Identify as Asian or Asian American residing in the United States
* Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the United States (Bachelor’s level and above)
Please see the study link if interested in participating.
Participants of the survey are eligible to enter a raffle for one of sixteen $20 Amazon gift cards as compensation for your time. If you choose to enter the raffle, you will enter your email address at the conclusion of the survey through a separate link. You do not need to provide your email address in order to participate.
BECOME A CESAME LEARNING FACILITATOR!
CESAME Learning Facilitators:
- Learn and apply high impact teaching strategies
- Close STEM Access Gaps
- Develop transferable skills that extend beyond subject-specific knowledge skills (i.e. communication, problem solving, management...)
- Inspire environmental action
- Start at $17.50/hour
- Work 2-10 hours/week
CESAME Learning facilitators operate in three different settings. Choose the one that best matches your interest and schedule:
- Makers out of School Time (MOST)- Facilitate maker projects in a small group, afterschool programs
- Teaching Assistants in Mathematics and Science (TEAMS)- Tutor students in elementary, middle and high school
- Sci Trek- Facilitate elementary science lessons during school time
To apply, click here.
Looking for paid experiences working with children? Be sure to join the Poly Child Development Club Jobs Facebook group! I know - Facebook! So old school BUT THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES! :)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I learn more about senior project?
We have updated information about Senior Projects on the department website.
- PSY/CD 461 is a seminar-style class where you attend class and work with a team to identify an area of interest and conduct a literature review on that topic. Registration for this is through the usual process.
- PSY/CD 462 is a supervision-mode class where your team gets matched with a faculty advisor who guides you in developing and conducting a project related to your literature review from PSY/CD 461. The final deliverable includes a written paper that usually consists of sections typical to APA articles (Abstract, Literature Review, Method, Results, Discussion, References).Registration for this is by permission number given out during PSY/CD 461.
Planning your schedule for the year?
What Kind of Advising is Available?
I have a question related to GE requirements...
The advisors in The College of Liberal Arts Advising Center can answer your questions about General Education (GE) requirements, registration, academic planning, support services, major changes, and academic policies and procedures.Additional useful academic resources can be found on Cal Poly's Enrolled Students web page, including links to the Cal Poly catalog, registration information, academic records and evaluations, finals schedules, etc. Website: https://cla.calpoly.edu/student-resources
In-Person & Zoom Appointments: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Closed for lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 pm)
Zoom Drop-in Advising: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm – 4:00pm
I have a question related to major and/or minor requirements in Psychology, Child Development, or Gerontology...
The Psychology and Child Development Department has several faculty members who serve as academic advisors for our majors and minors. Students are invited to attend office hours or make appointments with any of these advisors. For advisor contact information and office hours, click here.
For 2022-23, the Academic Advisors are:
Dr. Carrie Langner
Child Development Major
Child Development Minor
Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski
Child Development Major
I have a question about graduate school and/or careers...
All active faculty in the Psychology and Child Development Department hold weekly office hours to support students in talking about educational and career plans. For advisor contact information and office hours, click here.PSY/CD Advising Structure
The main roles of each of our advisors is outlined below, however our motto is: When in Doubt, Seek Someone Out! You are welcome to contact any faculty member for support and they will direct you to the most appropriate person depending on your needs. Click here PSY/CD Advising to read about the new PSY/CD process for helping you!
How Can I Sign Up for an Appointment?
Office hours are posted on the PSY/CD Website (or use QR code below). Unless indicated, office hours are opportunities to drop-in with advising questions, career/graduate school questions, or just to introduce yourself and chat.