Update to services as of 3/22
Update to services as of 3/22
Community for Achievement in Psychological Science (CAPS) is designed to connect psychology students with on-campus resources relevant to helping them complete their degree or pursue a career in psychology. We offer office hours with peer mentors (Senior Fellows) who can answer your questions about topics such as "what is this professor's class like?" to "what is APA format?!"
We also offer a wide range of fun activities and events throughout the semester. We also have a physical space in room Sierra Hall 304 for a space to hangout, charge your device, work on a computer, meet new friends, or see what's new in the psychology department. During Virtual learning, we are serving you via Slack, Zoom and email. Team CAPS hopes to help you find your psychology family!
On-campus resources, including USU, DRES, General Academic Advisement please visit: https://www.csun.edu/covid-19/covid-19-information-students
Step 1: Reflect. List out your priorities for the next few months, including all categories of importance to you (e.g., personal, professional, academic, spiritual, etc.).
Step 2: How would you prioritize these priorities? Review your list from Step 1, and next to each priority you listed write one of four options: Essential to survival (e.g., pay the bills, childcare), critical short-term to accomplish long-term goals (e.g., pass classes, exercise routine, go on a date with your partner), not critical for short-term but important, not very important to you (you may be surprised what you find in these last two categories!).
Step 3: Create a time-blocked schedule based on your answers to Step 2. If you want something to get done and it’s essential, you’ll need to put time in your calendar to do it!
Step 4: Be flexible and give grace to yourself and others. Don’t expect that things are going to be perfect the first time you try out your schedule. Test, modify, reschedule!
Step 5: Finish strong! Remember that the work you are doing here at CSUN will help you contribute to your community later. Keep up your good work, and let’s get through this together!
Psychology Resume Mentors are Here! Resume mentors offer a variety of services including:
To book a 30-minute session with one of our resume mentors, identify the time frame that works best for you below and click on the accompanying reservation link. You will receive a zoom link after you book your time. You can email or for more information.
Visit a psychology peer mentor anytime during our virtual visiting office hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. via Slack, or email (all times listed). You can choose a specific peer mentor by perusing this list of specialties areas, or stop in anytime!. The office hours for each peer mentor are listed here.
Applications for Senior Fellows and Fellows Fall 2021 are open!
See links below to apply.
There are two tiers to the program.
Interesting in joining a research lab? Check out our list of full-time faculty here. Click on each faculty's name, read through their bios or click on their websites to get a sense of the type of research they work on and find out if they're accepting students! Some faculty may not have information on their websites or bios about accepting students. Please feel free to email any faculty to get more information! Faculty expect that students reach out, or stop by office hours, to get more information about their research, so please don't hesitate to reach out. Here is a sample email that you might send to a faculty member to see if they're accepting students:
Dear Professor XXXX,
I am a [fresh/soph/junior/senior] psychology major. I recently read your bio(or website), and found your research on XXXX interesting. I especially found XXXX interesting!
I was wondering if you're currently accepting research students into your lab. If so, how may I go about applying?
Thank you for your time,
Health and Well Being Resources:
Financial Resources: At this link you'll find a list of several resources to help with finances, including paying your tuition, living expenses, or financial planning.
Community for Achievement in Psychological Science
Statement of Support and Action Plan
The Community for Achievement in Psychological Science, in the Psychology Department at California State University Northridge condemns explicitly the racism against and oppression of Black lives in America. We mourn and lament the tragic and unjust loss of so many Black Americans, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmuad Arbery, and Tony McDade. There are no words that can provide appropriate comfort or grief for such tragedies.
We condemn police brutality and condemn the racist systems that protect the police from reprimand of their unjust actions. We acknowledge and condemn that such effects of systemic oppression are exacerbated for people who experience discrimination based on other aspects of their identity, such as sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, gender identity, social class, religion, and immigration status.
As a community, we pledge to listen, learn and act. Our long-term goal is dismantling systemic racism and race-based structural oppression that impacts the lives of some in our community more than others. We will address white privilege and structural oppression within our community and broadly. We will celebrate the contributions of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and other underserved groups. We will hold ourselves accountable by monitoring our actions, continuing to have conversations, finding and creating outlets to learn and grow in knowledge, accepting feedback, and listening to the wonderfully diverse voices that comprise the psychology major at CSUN.
Our specific commitment this Fall and Spring is to listen to the voices within our community through hosting coffee and pizza listening hours, and educating ourselves more on anti-racist advocacy. In Summer of 2021, we will reflect on what we learned and create next steps. We implore that the CSUN and Psychology community holds us accountable to these steps.
We believe that psychological science is one tool that can support dismantling systemic racism and oppression. We commit to pursuing social justice reform and addressing systemic racism through psychological science and creating more support for students to join us.
Black lives matter.
The Community for Achievement in Psychological Science