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 - June 8

Latest Campus Updates

Best place to learn about the latest Campus updates on the Coronavirus is at https://coronavirus.calpoly.eduIf you need any help with technology send an email to

Some other Helpful Sites:

Want to know more about Senior Project?

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

NOTE: If you you are a CD senior next year but have not yet satisfied the GWR we will waive the prereq for CD 461. When registration open, please email Robyn Hastin ( if you will be a senior, have not taken the GWR and would like to enroll in CD461.

Campus Events You Don't Want to Miss!

Come hear Dr. Bennion, Dr. Garcia, and PSY majors Chi Lao & Eliana Hollinger (mentored by Drs. Lee & Cacciamani) speak at the BEACoN Research Symposium on W & Th, 6/10-6/11! This will be a great opportunity not only to hear students from all 6 colleges share their research, but also to learn more about BEACoN, a university-wide Mentoring Program for underrepresented students. Full schedule here.

Summer Research Opportunity

Update. Dr. Jay Bettergarcia is no longer accepting summer research assistants to join the QCARES research team. 

PSY Senior Projects  

NEW! One of our senior project teams this quarter put together a useful infographic on Stress & Anxiety among College Students and what can help.

Fundraising for the SLO Food Bank. PSY students, Kaylee Roe and Ethan Heh have created a fundraising page for the SLO Food Bank to help them during these unprecedented times. Their goal is to raise $5,000 to support the local community and ensure everyone has access to healthy, nutritious food. To donate go to:

PSYCD Findings from the Student Survey on our Virtual Courses!

Thanks to the students who completed our survey and/or attended our zoom discussion on our virtual coursest his spring. Here is a PDF of the power point slides that summarize the findings. The faculty met review the findings and discuss how we can incorporate the suggestions into our online courses this fall. 

Department Club Events/Updates

CONGRATULATIONS!! to the new PCDC council members for next year's term 2020-2021:
President- Maddi Basse
Vice President- Delaney Toth
Treasure- Tatiana Garcia
PR/Community Outreach- Siobhan Miller
Secretary- Chloe Plummer
Junior Council/New Member Chair- Camden Cavill
PSY Club
Psychology Club is looking for officers for the 2020-2021 School Year! Being apart of psychology club is a great experience, and you do not need a whole lot of past experience to take on a role, along with the roles being very easy to manage if you are worried about time commitments. The initial application is super short and is to finished by no later than June 15th, Monday by 5pm (PST). Please apply if you are at all interested, it's a great way to add to something to your resume, and an easy way to meet other psychology students who are all passionate about being involved. Here is the link: 

Career Services Events You Don't Want to Miss!

Check out the zoom events at Career Services this week. Click on the Career Services website.

Join the PSYCD LinkedIn Group!

Stay Professionally Connected!

Here is a LinkedIn group where PSY & CD alumni and students can network and make connections

Planning your schedule for next year?

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

Do you want to change a course to CR/NC?

Go to: Click on Edit of Change to C/NC.

Remember that C/NC rules have changed for this Spring Quarter only. See the next announcement below for details.

Credit/No Credit grading SPRING QUARTER ONLY

The College of Liberal Arts has made the decision to remove the limit on CR/NC units for major courses in all majors and graduate programs in the college for Spring 2020. Here's what this means:

  • PSY & CD students can take any or all of their PSY & CD courses this quarter CR/NC. Undergraduate students need to earn a C- or better to earn CR; graduate students need a B- or better. 
  • This applies to PSY & CD minor courses too as well as minors in other departments in the College of Liberal Arts.
  • If you are doing a minor in a different college, you will need to check with them about their rules for this Spring.
  • If you are on a change of major contract check with the department you are trying to change into about whether you can take a course C/NC. Students on contract to change into PSY or CD must meet our requirements by taking a total of 3 GRADED courses. In other words, it is in your best interest to take your PSY & CD courses for a grade this quarter.

Other Important Notes about C/NC:

  • Students have until the last day of classes (Friday, June 5) to change their grading basis to CR/NC from letter grade or vice versa.
  • None of the CR/NC units students take during Spring 2020 will count toward the 16 unit limit.
  • There will be no limit in the number of units you can take CR/NC during Spring 2020.
  • The condition that a student need to have a 2.00 GPA in order to take CR/NC will not apply in Spring 2020.
  • Students will be able to take more than 4 units of GE courses in CR/NC in Spring 2020.
  • If you will change any class to CR/NC, you are highly encouraged to check with your advisor.
  • If you're taking a class for grade forgiveness, you should not enroll in it using CR/NC.

    Job/Volunteer Opportunities!

    NEW! The Center for Service in Action is currently “recruiting for our 2020-2021 Student Leadership Team.” Applications are now open and students can apply to join the CSA Student Leadership Team. Applications are due Friday June 19th. Interviews will be conducted virtually. Click here to access our application.

    Learn How to Volunteer during COVID-19! This is a list of ways to be involved put together by a student group in Dr. Langner's PSY360 class this quarter.

    Learn about opportunities at Big Brothers Big Sisters or Boys and Girls Club - Which Is Right for You?

    Camp Natoma is remaining hopeful about summer programs and is looking to fill some remaining staff positions. All positions involve direct work with youth ages 7-17.

    Summer Internship and/or Lab Manager positions

    We will continue to post opportunities that come our way. We encourage you to reach out directly to the hiring institution to learn more about how they plan to proceed during these uncertain times.

    Stanford  SPARQ is looking to hire a Lab Manager to join their team this summer. Please email the current lab manager Rachel Song ( for details.

    Updated Regularly! The Cognitive Development Society website lists many job opportunities!

    Looking for Study Abroad Information?

    Cal Poly International programs scheduled this summer have been canceled. 

    Visit Cal Poly's Study Abroad website to stay updated on whether programs will be available next year.

    Will there be graduation activities?

    Spring commencement has been canceled. For more information on Cal Poly's commencement plans visit the Commencement website.

    Need someone to talk to?

    The SLO Counseling Service at Cal Poly offers short-term counseling and consultation.  For 2020 Spring and Summer quarters, sessions will be conducted by phone or computer.  Please call 805.756.1532 for an appointment.

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