Message from Hadley Solomon, SIG Program Chair

Congratulations on a fantastic annual meeting in San Antonio. Our program shaped up nicely, with over 400 in attendance for the session entitled “Motivation Theory Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Reflections of Founders and Descendants.” We are eagerly awaiting new submissions from you that will follow up with new theories, theorists, and ideas for the upcoming conference in NYC in 2018!

Additionally, as mentioned in the business meeting, we had a great panel of reviewers for last year’s meeting from six countries internationally. We encourage you to volunteer to review for our upcoming 2018 program in order to facilitate an even more dynamic program than we had last year. As of June 4, we currently have 50% more of you signed up to review than we did last year, and currently you represent viewpoints from 16 countries. That’s phenomenal, and you can still sign up to review for us through the end of the day today (June 5)!

The AERA 2018 proposal submission portal is open NOW, and will remain open through July 24. Details about program submissions can be found in the official call for submissions.

If you have any additional questions or comments please don’t hesitate to reach out ( Looking forward to seeing your great and important work in the AERA submission portal!

Looking Ahead to AERA 2018-Hotel Locations

After a wonderful AERA 2017, many are already looking forward to AERA 2018 in New York City, New York, April 13-17, 2018. This event will be held in a series of nine headquarter hotels (listed below), as opposed to one central convention center. Please consider these locations as you begin to make your plans. See you in New York!

  • Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan
  • Le Parker Meridien
  • Millennium Broadway New York Times Square
  • New York Hilton Midtown
  • New York Marriott Marquis
  • Park Central Hotel New York
  • Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
  • Warwick New York
  • The Westin, New York at Times Square

International Seminar on Social Cognitive Theory in Debate

The registration and abstract submissions to the “II International Seminar: Social Cognitive Theory in Debate” are now open. The conference will be held June 27-29, 2017 in Rio Claro, SP, Brazil. Click here to see the website and program.
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Important dates:
Abstract submissions are due April 7, 2017.
Discount registration ends April 30, 2017.

Graduate Student AERA Announcements-April

Joint Graduate Student Social Event – Please  join us for our annual AERA joint social event with Division C and E colleagues on Saturday, April 29, at the Davenport Lounge in San Antonio (203 North Presa St). Join us anytime between 9:00-10:30pm for a free drink and great company!

Lunch with a Motivation Researcher – There are still a few hours left to sign up for the “Lunch with a Motivation Researcher Program” at AERA! This popular program is a great opportunity to have lunch with one of our distinguished researchers: Bernard Weiner, Judith Harackiewicz, Akane Zusho, Mimi Bong, Reinhard Pekrun, and Julianne Turner. Please click  here to sign up for the program before the end of the day today.

Got a burning question for a panel of motivation theorists? 

Here’s your chance to ask. We have a landmark session planned for AERA that will bring together a panel of motivation theorists including Ed Deci, Jacque Eccles, Chris Hulleman, Dale Schunk, Tim Urdan, and Bernie Weiner. Alison Koenka will facilitate the conversation, and Sandra Graham will offer remarks as a moderator. The session, “Motivation Theory Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Reflections of Founders and Descendants,” takes place Saturday, April 29, 8:15 a.m., Henry B. Gonzalez Convention, Center, Meeting Room Level, Room 211. Alison invites SIG members to submit your questions in advance of the panel here:

Motivation SIG dinner social event at Rio Rio Cantina

Join us for the Motivation SIG dinner social event at Rio Rio Cantina (421 E Commerce St., ). Cost is $35.00. This annual SIG light dinner and social is a great way for junior and senior researchers to talk informally with each other. To register, visit the AERA registration portal (same place you registered) and simply look for our MotSIG dinner under the “Events” tab on the registration page. This is a popular event, and space is limited. We’ve counted about 90 reservations thus far and can accept about 60 more.

Motivation SIG Business Meeting

The MotSIG Business Meeting will be Sunday, April 30, from 6:15-8:00 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom Level, Room 301C. We’ll have some hors d’oeuvres  to enjoy along with a cash bar. One of the highlights of the meeting is giving this year’s student travel awards and the Paul R. Pintrich Memorial Award. We’ll hear from Marcus Johnson on our SIG’s finances and Hadley Solomon on program updates. We also discuss on some important matters, such as ideas for involving practitioners in the SIG and ways to continue supporting students. This meeting is open to all. Please come! Have something you want to see on the meeting agenda? Leave a comment!

AERA 2017 Annual Meeting-Graduate Student News

  1. Sign up to take part in the Lunch with a Motivation Researcher Program! Every year at AERA, the SIG gives graduate students an opportunity to have lunch with an experienced motivation researcher. This year, we have a great line-up of researchers who will host lunches: Bernard Weiner, Judith Harackiewicz, Reinhard Pekrun, Mimi Bong, Julie Turner, and Akane Zusho.

    This is a great opportunity for graduate to get to know researchers who have defined the field and to talk about shared interests in a fun, informal setting. Advisors, please send this information along to your doctoral students so they can take advantage of this awesome opportunity. Not all students are aware of the program, and we give preference to those who have never attended a lunch before.

    Interested students can click on this link to indicate their first, second, and third choices for lunch. The deadline to sign up for the program is April 3, 2017. Make sure to sign up by the deadline, because the program is very popular!

  2. Looking for more ways to get involved at AERA? There’s still time to sign up to be a mentors or mentees for the Motivation Mentors program! We pair first-time AERA attendees with returning SIG students who can help them navigate the conference. It’s a great chance for students to meet someone with shared research interests and get to know others in the SIG a lot better. Please spread the word to new students in your labs to sign up, and sign up yourself as a mentor OR to be mentored using this link.
  3. Visit to register to attend the Motivation SIG dinner social event. The annual SIG dinner social is a great way for graduate students to talk informally with fellow students and with established motivation researchers on Sunday, April 30, at 8 p.m. at Rio Rio Cantina, 421 E Commerce St, San Antonio ( ). The cost of the dinner is $35.00. To register for the SIG dinner, visit the AERA registration portal (same place you registered) and simply look for our MotSIG dinner under the “Events” tab on the registration page. This is a popular event, and space is limited, so please register early.
  4. We’ll be joining Div C & Div E on Saturday 4/29 from 9-10:30 pm at the Davenport (203 North Pressa St, San Antonio, TX 78205). All students will get 1 free drink (beer, martini, or cocktail) and can choose to purchase from a variety of food items. It’s about a 15 minute walk to the convention center.

Graduate Student AERA News

Motivation Mentor Program Sign-Up
Are you new to the Motivation SIG, or do you know someone who is? Are you a SIG veteran who wants to help others learn the ropes of AERA? Each year the Motivation SIG gives new students an opportunity to connect with other students who have previously attended AERA to get helpful tips navigating the conference and to build relationships with other students. Students are paired primarily based on research interests and will touch base before, during, and after the conference at their convenience. Guidelines will be provided to both mentors and mentees to guide your meetings. The program does not require a large time commitment, just a willingness to meet someone new! If you’re interested in being a mentor OR mentee, please fill out this survey and you’ll be notified of your match by April. We hope you’ll consider participating. Survey Link- Click Here

Lunch with a Motivation Researcher … Is Coming!
It’s almost time to sign up for the very popular Lunch with a Motivation Researcher program! Every year at AERA, we give graduate students an opportunity to have lunch with an experienced motivation researcher, sponsored by the SIG. This year, the six illustrious researchers who will host lunches are: Bernie Weiner, Judith Harackiewicz, Reinhard Pekrun, Mimi Bong, Julie Turner, and Akane Zusho. We will send out a link to sign up for the lunches sometime this month, so please be on the lookout for that soon.