One of the projects of the Student Section Executive has been to develop a way to showcase our Campus Representative Program, particularly to pay homage to the students who make this program possible. More specifically, we are hoping to bring CPA students from across the country closer by featuring a new Student Representative on our website every other month. These profiles allow the opportunity to learn more about our most active Student Section members and to share ideas about promoting the CPA.

If you are interested in representing the CPA Section for Students at your university, learn more about campus representative duties and how to become a campus representative, please contact either the Graduate Student Affairs Officer or the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer.


Featured Undergraduate Student Representative - Hank Ko

University/Program/Specialty:

University of Toronto, St. George Campus, Specializing in Psychology

Research or clinical interests:

Social Psychology/Recreational, Musical Therapy

Future plans:

Although my current plan is to continue studying M.A. in music therapy, I am quite open to other potential alternatives. My ideal schools are Concordia University, and Wilfred Laurier University for music therapy, and UofT for the other alternatives.

I have always wanted to become a music therapist because I believe it's the best way for me to combine my professional background (psychology) and interest (music). On top of that, I intend to acquire a PhD degree in psychodynamics later on as well.

How long have you been a campus representative?

A year and a half.

What motivated you to become a campus representative?

Based on my comprehension about psychology, it is not only a study about one's mind and behaviour, but also a study about connections between groups and individuals - and this is my motivation of becoming a campus representative.

I wanted to connect UofT's undergraduate psychology program with other schools across the country, and I figured that becoming CPA's campus representative would be the most practical way to fulfill this goal.

What you have accomplished as a campus representative?

Last year, I have managed to connect all the representatives in UofT

This year, with our amazing faculty representative, Dr. Anthony Ruocco, and graduate school representative, Lindsay Coome, we were able to set up a email list for all the CPA affiliated students and those who are interested in joining CPA. Further, we have held several workshops across the campuses in UofT and presented our undergraduate students about CPA, and the applications to graduate schools.
We will hold several other workshops in the near future about the careers in psychology after PhD (for our graduate students), and the abstract submissions for the 76th CPA Convention.

Any useful tips for other campus representatives?

Take initiatives, and always remain connected with other representatives in your institution - and cooperation is the best way to accomplish your goal.
 

Featured Graduate Student Representative - Sana Rizvi

University/Program/Specialty:
I am a doctoral student in industrial and organizational psychology at University of Waterloo.

Research or clinical interests:
I am interested in forgiveness as a response to unfair events at the workplace.

Future plans:
I aspire to become an effective university faculty within I/O psychology.

How long have you been a campus representative?
I have been a campus representative since 2011.
 
What motivated you to become a campus representative?
I genuinely wanted (and continue to want) my colleagues to learn from one another, experience their postsecondary educational journeys with zeal, and begin preparing for their careers in psychology in the best possible ways available to them. I knew (and continue to know) that participation in CPA was (continues to be) the key for such matters, and I became a campus representative for just that reason - to help my colleagues participate in CPA!

What you have accomplished as a campus representative?
I have spoken about the CPA and its benefits during orientation week for new graduate students within my department. Indeed, I have been successful in recruiting students for memberships in CPA over the years.
I have encouraged both graduate and undergraduate students to attend and participate in the annual convention of CPA. In particular, I have promoted engagement in workshops, presentations, symposiums, conversation sessions, and social activities that are to be held at the convention. I have also assisted students in locating roommates for the convention by connecting them to one another.
In liaison with other campus representatives, I have connected my colleagues with students in other universities to form potential collaborations, and lasting professional relationships and/or friendships. 

Any useful tips for other campus representatives?
I am often found sharing my personal experiences with CPA when recruiting students for memberships in CPA, or when encouraging them to participate in CPA’s annual convention. My colleagues often tell me that they are compelled to participate in CPA after knowing that I, a colleague of theirs, was able to obtain information and develop perspectives about the field, learn about educational and career opportunities, and form meaningful professional networks via CPA.



Archive of Campus Representative profiles
 
Steve Cicione, Concordia University

Sarah Coupland, New York University - October 2011
 
Greenly Ho, Simon Fraser University - March 2011
 
Paul Conway, University of Western Ontario - May 2011