Psychology teachers, it is time to represent! Google recently announced their Global Science Fair and it looks like it will be quite the event! There is an entire category for "Behavioral & Social Sciences", and it looks like a fabulous opportunity for high school psychology students. The prizes for winners are darn amazing (Trip to the Galapagos Islands! $50,000 scholarship! Internship at Google!) but the goal of the project is to raise awareness of the importance of science: "We’re introducing the first global online science competition ... to help make today’s young scientists the rock stars of tomorrow." Resources for teachers are available.
There have been other opportunities for student psych research for a while: The Whitman Journal of Psychology publishes high school psychology research. The Intel International Science Fair has a strong set of entries in psychology every year. Google's science fair is definitely the new kind of the block, and it would be GREAT if psych teachers helped students enter this great opportunity so that there is a strong psych showing!
posted by Rob McEntarffer