Graduate Student Issues Committee – GSIC

Register for the Upcoming GSIC Webinar

In the lead-up to the NERA Conference in October (18-20), the GSIC will present a webinar on Tuesday, September 26 at 6pm EDT
An informal hangout of sorts, this event is an opportunity for current and future NERA graduate student members to connect and provide support on topics such as professional development on creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP), wellness and time-management strategies, and tips and tricks when moving from a student to doctoral candidate.  
All graduate students are welcome. Please follow this link to register for the hangout!

The Graduate Lounge

Summer 2023 Meeting

Matthew Speno, Chair

Salem State University

The GSIC had an early summer meeting to catch-up and plan some GSIC activities leading up to the conference happening in Trumbull from October 18-20, 2023. 
Our meeting was super productive! Tricia, David, Hannah, Rachel, and I came up with several GSIC initiatives that will provide great value for current and future graduate NERA Members.  On Monday, July 17, 2023 from 5-6 pm EDT, we will be hosting a GSIC virtual hangout that has a workshop theme covering time-management issues and individual development planning - more info at the end of this article. Also, be on the lookout in the next several weeks for our August 17th hangout that will concentrate on valuable professional development for NERA graduate students.

We are pleased to announce the 2023 GSIC Best Paper Award is Mara McFadden, who is a first-year doctoral candidate at James Madison University. Mara’s accomplishment will be highlighted at the upcoming conference with the awarding of a plaque.  Her paper, entitled “Will You Give Good Effort During the Test?” Simply Asking Increases Examinee’s Test-Taking Motivation, was well received by our peer reviewers. A BIG shout out to all who submitted and reviewed papers - your commitment is why NERA and GSIC continues to provide a community that is akin to family!
Are you feeling overwhelmed about all you have to do for the upcoming academic year? Overrun with deadlines, classes, applications etc.? Come join the NERA GSIC group for our Individual Development Plan (IDP) workshop. We will share tools and tips on creating your own individual development plan, and then spend most of the workshop in action, creating your own plan! This plan will be individual to you and your goals, we are simply providing a space to share knowledge and tools and support you in creating your own plan. We also invite participants to share any management and organization tools they have used in the past. 

Zoom Link: GSIC July 23’ Virtual Hangout
Time: Jul 17, 2023 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 831 7312 8005
Passcode: 926744

Benefits of Serving on the Graduate Students Issues Committee
Serving on the GSIC is a great way to get involved with NERA and build relationships with other graduate students and professionals. Responsibilities include collaborating with students from various institutions to plan GSIC-sponsored, in-conference sessions and the GSIC student social. GSIC members also work with members of other NERA committees to help with additional tasks as needed. Members typically serve a 2-year term. If you are a graduate student and have questions about how to get involved with NERA, contact
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