Nathan DeYoung, a Hope College student from Hudsonville who grew up in Holland, is one of only 32 college students nationwide selected for this year's American Psychological Association (APA) Summer Science Institute (SSI).
As part of the nine-day all expense-paid program, students interact with nationally known experts in psychological research, get hands-on lab experience, and talk with graduate students in the field. This year's SSI will be held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., from Saturday, June 18, through Sunday, June 26.
DeYoung, who will be a junior next year, was selected from approximately 400 applications received by the APA. Participants, who must be rising sophomores or juniors, are chosen on the basis of high school and college course selection and GPAs, college entrance exam scores, letters of reference, and responses to the short essay questions.
DeYoung is double majoring in psychology and English with a creative writing emphasis, and conducts research with Dr. Charles Behensky and Dr. Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet of the Hope psychology faculty. His future plans include graduate school and possibly a career in clinical psychology. A 2003 graduate of Holland Christian High School, he is the son of Dr. Paul DeYoung, who is a member of the physics faculty at Hope.
The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 150,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 53 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.