Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Weekly Announcements

Student Advisory Committee

For more information about the Psychology & Child Development Department's Student Advisory Committee, please email the department or call 805-756-2033.

Weekly Announcements


PASS Workshop TODAY @4PM! 

The PSYCD Student Advisory Committee is holding a workshop on The Ins and Outs of PASS, TODAY, Monday February 12th; 4:10-6pm Bldg 38, Room 127. There will be PIZZA! All students welcome. This will be particularly useful to freshmen and new transfers who want course planning advice. Bring your laptop if you want to log in to PASS.

NEXT WORKSHOP: Getting the Most out of PolyPlanner
Monday February 26th; 4:10-6pm

Second Meeting to Establish Animal-Human Bond Club Tuesday, February 13th at 8PM!

The next gathering of the Animal-Human Bond Club will be this Tuesday 2/13 @8pm in Bldg 47, 24B. Snacks will be provided! The entrance to the conference room is behind the Psych Department office. Because there will be a class in the classroom until 8, kindly wait until 8 to enter the room. Please RSVP to to make sure we have enough space/chairs. Snacks will be provided! At this meeting the club will make a plan to go forward and see what meeting times would be best. Also necessary signatures of interested students  will be collected so they can go forward with establishing a club at Cal Poly.

PSYCD Research Brown Bag THIS THURSDAY @11:10am!

We continue our new tradition of holding monthly informal research discussions during the UU hour in Bldg 10, Room 200. All students welcome this Thursday, 2/15!! Bring your lunch and come hear faculty and students discuss their current research. This week's presentation:

Title: Prejudice reduction in a bilingual elementary school
Presenters: Carrie Langner, Olivia Butler, & Izzie Silveira

PSYCD Professional Exploration & Networking NEXT WEEK!!

Don't miss all the career-related events next week specifically for PSY & CD majors. Students who attend at least 4 of the 6 events next week will have the opportunity to win a $50 bookstore gift card. Stop by the department office to get your Punch Card. Or ask your PSY or CD professor for a card.
Learn more about these events and find other useful career-related info on our Professional Exploration link under the Undergraduates tab on the psycd website. 

Upcoming PSI CHI Fishbowls

Library Fishbowl hours are open each week for use to ALL PSY and CD majors. You don't have to be a member of Psi Chi to use them.
216P, 11:00am - 2:00pm Monday, February 12, 2018
216S, 8:00am - 10:00am Wednesday, February 14, 2018
216S, 11:00am - 2:00pm Saturday, February 17, 2018

Who is your faculty advisor?

Registration is always a good time to meet with an advisor to make sure you are on the right track. 

GE questions? See a CLA Advisor
Major requirement questions? See your PSYCD faculty advisor
PSY Students
Stop by the Department Office in 47-24 or call 756-2033 to find out the name of your faculty advisor.
CD Students 

Are you a CD Major or Minor planning to apply to Cal Poly's Multiple Subject Credential Program (MSTEP)?

Learn which MSTEP prereqs you have to take and which are waived for CD majors and minors.

Important Spring Registration Information

  • CD Seniors graduating in Fall 2018 who have not yet taken CD401, will need to register for this course in Spring. We will not offer CD401 in Fall.
  • We will offer one section of PSY344: Behavioral Genetics in Spring. This is a support course option for psychology students only! Psychology students can select from BIO302 or PSY344. Child Development students can select to substitute PSY344 for BIO302. HOWEVER, the majority of seats in PSY344 will be held for PSY majors only. This will leave very few seats for CD students so please plan wisely. CD students who do take PSY344 will need to complete a course substitution form with their advisor.

The Tentative Course Offerings for next year is NOW updated. Use this to plan your courses next year. Remember that PolyPlanner is not as up to date as our link.

Spring Internship Update!

All students who attended the February 2nd internship meeting should be in the process of setting up an interview with your first choice site. Once you have secured your placement, be sure to have your site supervisor sign an Orange Internship Card. Return signed card to Department Office. You will NOT receive a permission number for your internship until the end of the quarter. For more information or questions, please see/email Professor Garcia (

Free Tax Return Preparation for Students!

The Cal Poly Accounting seniors who are IRS-Certified are providing FREE Tax Return preparation for taxpayers with gross income under $54K. Every Saturday until March 17th.

2018 Greenspace Speaker Series offers "Children, Hope and Nature"

Sunday, February 25 guest speakers Catherine Ryan Hyde, an Amazon #1 selling author, and Sue Davis, a lifelong educator and advocate for the Outdoor Classroom Project speak about this  topic which is centered around the role that a deeper nature connection plays in childhood development. It was especially inspired by new books that have been published on the topic of Nature Deficit Disorder.

Undergraduate Research/Conference Opportunities

The CSU Social Science Research and Instructional Council (SSRIC) Social Science Student Symposium (S4) will be held on May 3, 2018 at California State University, Long Beach. All undergraduate and graduate students doing research in any social science field can participate. There are no registration fees and a delicious luncheon will be provided. The symposium is an unique opportunity for students to present research to their peers and compete for a cash award. To register go to and click “Registration”.The registration deadline is April 8, 2018.


Harvard Social Psychologist, Daniel Gilbert, is looking for volunteer summer research assistants. Learn how to apply.

Psychology Division of the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel awards (up to $200 each) for undergraduate students presenting original psychological research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting. Find more information and apply here!

2018 UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC). The conference will be on Friday, May 4th, 2018 at UCLA and will showcase approximately 150 undergraduate psychology research projects in poster and paper talk sessions. Applications will open Wednesday, January 17, 2018 and students must submit the application and fees online by Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 5:00 pm. The application and details are available at

Grants for Summer Internships in Latin America! Cal Poly Latin American Studies program offers stipends for summer internships. Apply now!

Learn more about the CSU’s Annual Student Research Competition. Details at

The Western Psychology Conference for Undergraduate Research (WPCUR) will be held April 21, 2018.

Job/Volunteer Opportunities

NEW! Current and summer job openings at the SLO YMCA!

Summer employment as a psychology teaching assistant or instructor with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world. Information regarding our summer programs can be found at

Check out Cal Poly's Student Community Services for a list of current volunteer opportunities.


Career Services CLA Drop In Hours Every WEDNESDAYS 10AM -12PM

Laura Hunkler, CLA career counselor, will hold weekly drop in hours during Winter quarter in Career Services, Bldg 124, from 10am-12 p.m. on Wednesdays. Students are encouraged to stop by for resume/cover letter review or to ask specific career-related questions.

Looking for a Professor's Office Hours?

Click on the Faculty link on our department web page for the Winter 2018 office hours and office location of all of our PSY&CD faculty.

Need someone to talk to?

The SLO Counseling Service at Cal Poly offers short-term counseling and consultation services.



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