Canadian Positive Psychology Association

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Positive psychology is a topic area within the field of psychology that seeks to provide scientific answers to the question "What is the good life?" Positive psychology is not a modality for treating psychological disorders. The Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) offers learning opportunities about positive psychology through educational events such as workshops and conferences. CPPA does not offer psychological services of any kind. Anyone seeking counseling, therapy or other forms of (mental) health services is advised to consult a licensed (mental) health services professional. Membership in CPPA does not provide members with any credentials or certification to practice, does not qualify someone as a psychologist, or allow them to offer psychological services.

Upcoming events

    • 30 Sep 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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    Topic: Making more than minimum wage in grad school

    Thursday September 30th, 2021  7:00 pm-8:00 pm (EST)

    Host: Rémi Thériault 

    Presenter: Jay Olson, PhD 


    Description: Most students make less than minimum wage in graduate school and their debt takes a decade to pay off. Does it have to be this way?

    This webinar will focus on practical methods to find additional and alternative sources of graduate funding.

    Topics include how to:

                  find low-competition awards,

                  choose which ones to apply for (e.g., by estimating expected value),

                  ask companies for research funding,

                  avoid common pitfalls (e.g., internal versus external deadlines, nomination requirements), and

                  write effective applications (e.g., by focusing on the evaluation).

    The webinar is most relevant for current and prospective grad students in research-based programs in Canada. We will discuss examples of students who obtained substantial graduate funding through alternative sources.


    Biography: Jay Olson, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. During his graduate studies at McGill University, he was offered 30 scholarships, grants, and financial awards from Mitacs, SSHRC, NSERC, FRQSC, IRRST, SCEH, and other unpronounceable acronyms. He is writing a book called Million Dollar PhD on effective graduate funding in Canada.


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