Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany, Offers English-Language Master’s Program (M.Sc. Psychology: Learning Sciences)

Image result for logo Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, GermanyThe program is research-oriented, interdisciplinary, and promotes a selected group of students to engage in state-of-the-art research in Educational Psychology, Developmental Psychology and the Learning Sciences. It is entirely taught in English. It combines fundamental theories and interdisciplinary knowledge from the fields of psychology and education, and thus creates “learning experts,” many of whom successfully continue their academic career in prestigious PhD programs or are sought after in various applied settings.

The online application portal will open soon, and the application deadline for entry to the program in fall 2018 is March 1st 2018. Further information on the program and its curriculum, as well as on the application procedure and requirements can be found on the website.

LMU consistently is the leading German institution in international university rankings, but does not raise tuition fees. Only a solitary fee of approximately 130€ per semester is charged.

If you need any more information, don’t hesitate to contact the program coordination: masterlearningsciences@psy.lmu.de

Call for Proposals, International Conference on Motivation (ICM) 2018

Image result for call for proposalsMany of our members will be interested in the ICM 2018, which will be held in Aarhus, Denmark, from August 15-17, 2018. The theme is “Design for Motivation.” The Summer School for doctoral students themed, “Motivation & Emotions,” will be held from August 12-14, 2018. Proposal abstracts are due December 10, 2017. For more information, visit the ICM 2018 conference website.

Important AERA 2018 Program Announcements from our Program Chair, Hadley Solomon

Results for the AERA 2018 program have been released. Congratulations to those that had a paper, session, or poster accepted for presentation at the annual conference in NYC in April, 2018. Many, however, received understandably difficult and disappointing news. I’d like everyone to know that this year’s review cycle was the most competitive on record, so if you did have a proposal rejected, please understand that your work was among some of the strongest proposals the SIG has reviewed in many years.Image result for AERA 2018

 AERA in its entirety received just over 14,800 submissions this year, up from 11,141 last year (a 25% increase overall). The SIG received a total of 20 session proposals, up from a total of 8 submitted last year (a 150% increase), and a total of 132 individual submissions, up from 104 last year (just over 20% increase). Our program allotment for 2017 was 10 sessions and an additional 36 slots for papers and posters. Our program allotment for 2018 increased to 11 sessions (an increase of under 10%) and an additional 43 slots for papers or posters (an increase of just over 16%). As you can see, the submissions went up considerably but the program size did not, making for an unusually competitive season. Division C reports receiving nearly twice as many proposals as in typical years. The result of this is that many folks were disappointed to hear their work had been rejected, as program chairs across the organization were required to make very difficult decisions to cut well-done, highly-reviewed, and interesting and relevant work. Our SIG was no exception.

 It is my hope that you will continue to submit your work to the SIG in future years, and I look forward to seeing each and every one of you in NYC in April, 2018. Here is a preliminary program. Specific time/place scheduling will take place in early 2018.

Last call: MotSIG officer nominations

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We are in the process of finalizing the election ballot for 2018-2020 Motivation SIG Chair, Program Chair, and Treasurer. If you are interested (or know someone who is interested) in running for a leadership position, please send me an email (ellen.usher@uky.edu) by Wednesday, November 8. Consenting nominees will be placed on the ballot for a SIG vote in early 2018. Elected SIG leaders will begin their official positions after the 2018 annual meeting in New York. The next leadership term is 2018-2020 (and includes AERA’s annual meetings held April 5-9, 2019, in Toronto, Ontario, and April 17-21, 2020 in San Francisco, CA). Our SIG has remained strong over the years because of its strong leadership team, and we are grateful for all willing to run for office. Click here for more information on each open position.