SIOP NewsBrief

Monday, Jan. 14, 2008

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SIOP Conference – It’s Time to Register!

Registration for the 2008 conference is open. Click here sign up now!

Held at the Hilton San Francisco April 10-12, this year’s conference is the 23rd annual, and it is one you do not want to miss as there are a variety of exciting features. 

For the first time ever, the conference is taking on a 3-day format with full-day sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A closing plenary session will be featured on Saturday, followed by a special evening reception.

In addition, a series of preconference workshops are planned for Wednesday, as well as the 3rd annual Junior Faculty Consortium, both of which require advanced registration and additional fees. 

Because the conference is longer this year, new features have been added to the program.  For example, Theme Tracks are being introduced, offering an in-depth look at critical topics that affect a broad range of SIOP members. There will be two Theme Tracks, each having six sessions. The first track is on Thursday, April 10, entitled “Individual–Organizational Health,” and the other is on Saturday, April 12, entitled “Preparing for the Future:  A Critical and Constructive Look at I–O Education.”  

To learn more about other special features, please visit the SIOP conference Web site.  This site includes information about registration, hotel accommodations, and the conference in general.

Upholding a tradition of excellence, there will be hundreds of great, peer-reviewed sessions presented at the conference. 

However, strong material is not the only attraction. Location is also a bonus. The Hilton San Francisco is located just two blocks from Union Square and is walking distance to fabulous dining, shopping, and theater. Plus, easy access to cable cars is near the hotel.

To help attendees sightsee during their stay, the conference will offer special entertainment, including a golf outing, Levi Strauss tour, wine country tour, and the SIOP 5K Fun Run race. Please keep in mind these options require advanced registration and additional fees. 

Note:  To receive the conference program in advance via mail, you must register by the early deadline of Friday, Feb. 29. If you register after this date, you will not be able to get the program until you arrive at the event.

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Deadline Nears for SIOP Foundation Funding Opportunities


There is still time to apply!

The SIOP Foundation is accepting applications until Friday, Feb. 1, for the following:

Please click on the links for more information, including guidelines and criteria. Applications can be submitted now by using the Awards Online Tool.

Also, don’t forget about the new Raymond A. Katzell Media Award, seeking nominations to recognize evidenced-based news, feature stories, and editorials in any medium that advance both the science and practice of I-O psychology.

Making these opportunities available, the SIOP Foundation is dedicated to fostering the science and practice of industrial–organizational (I–O) psychology. Research grants enable ideas to grow and develop, scholarships allow talented students to learn the fundamentals of I–O psychology, and awards highlight specific examples that inspire excellence in the field. 

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Contributors to Dunnette Prize Fund Recognized

The Dunnette Prize Endowment Fund, named for Marvin D. Dunnette, honors living originators of fundamental  scientific advances focused on research, development, or application that has expanded knowledge of the causal significance of individual differences.

This prize is to be given every 3 to 5 years, depending on the size of the endowment. This substantial prize will first be given when the endowment reaches a level that permits a $50,000 cash award to be made and an honoree who meets the criteria has been identified.

A special thank you goes to all of those who have contributed so generously to the Dunnette Prize Fund.  The committee is pleased to announce that more than $138,000 has been pledged or donated thus far, and many more gifts are anticipated. All donations to this fund are recognized in the SIOP Foundation’s Annual Report

Dunnette Prize Fund Charter Contributors, who have pledged or donated $1,000 or more to the fund, include the following:

 Thomas and Pauline Bouchard

 Robert F. Morrison    

 David P. Campbell  Robert Muschewske
 James Campion  Dianne Nilsen
 Howard C. Carlson  Patricia Pedigo
 Robert Eichinger  Personnel Decisions International 
 James L. Farr  David Peterson
 Irv and Micki Goldstein  Lyman W. Porter
 Harrison G. Gough  David L. Prin
 George (Bear) Graen  Lise M. Saari
 Rick Guzzo  Frank Schmidt
 Keith  Halprin and Karen Grabow   Lance Seberhagen
 Jo-Ida C. Hansen  Rob Silzer
 Joy Fisher Hazucha  Elaine B. Sloan
 Ray S. Hibbs  Snyder Leadership Group
 Hogan Assessment Systems  Paul W. Thayer
 Allen I. Kraut  The Robins Family Foundation
 Gary Latham  Nancy T. Tippins
 Patty and Ed Lawler  Harry C. Triandis
 Jeffrey McHenry  Victor Vroom

For more information about the Dunnette Prize Endowment Fund, click here.

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Research Opportunity for Grad Students

The Association of American Medical Colleges is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Graduate Student Research Program, and SIOP student members are encouraged to apply.

Up to three outstanding graduate students in the fields of educational measurement, psychometrics, or a related field, such as industrial–organizational psychology, will be selected to participate in the research program this summer. Eligible applicants must have completed at least 2 years of related graduate study.

Applications for the 2008 MCAT Graduate Student Research Program must be received by March 3, and successful candidates will be informed by March 17.


The program is designed to give each researcher an opportunity to develop professional skills through collaboration on a research project with a mentor from the researcher’s home university and the MCAT research staff.

It includes two one-day visits to the MCAT office located in Washington, D.C. The first visit will be an orientation to the research program in May. The second visit will occur in September, following completion of the research project, and will include a formal presentation to MCAT staff and other researchers. 

Each researcher will receive a stipend of $6,000. In addition, the cost of travel and accommodations will be covered for the two MCAT office visits. Reimbursements will also be given for incidental travel expenses and other expenditures such as office supplies. 

For additional details about the research program and information on how to apply, click here.

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Call for Papers – International Workshop on Team Working

Paper submissions are now being accepted for the 12th International Workshop on Team Working (IWOT), to be held at the Aston Business School in Birmingham, UK, September 10-12.

The deadline for paper abstracts is March 31. Please submit abstracts, which should be 750 words in length, to committee member Pat Clark

Each author will be notified about acceptance by May 1.  Upon acceptance, full papers must be submitted by August 1.

All aspects of team working will be covered at the IWOT, but papers are particularly welcome on creativity in teams, managing team diversity, intercultural team working, building team-based organizations, teams and well-being, and team processes.

The workshop will feature top international scholars and experts on team working, as well as presentations by many academics with interests in how teams work in organizations. Research from a variety of perspectives, disciplinary backgrounds, and geographical areas will be included.

For more information, please view the IWOT flyer or visit the IWOT Web page.

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