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The UMD IO MPS puts both the "I" and "O" in "IO." We stay engaged making sure we are up to date on the latest research and contributing to best practices in all areas of IO Psychology. Faculty, alumni, and students drive change not only in local organizations, but across the nation. We are grateful for our partnering organizations - including the Jefferson County Commission, Personnel Board of Jefferson County, and the Ethics and Compliance Initiative. Follow the links below to learn more about the UMD IO program's impact on organizations and on IO Psychology as a whole.
1. UMD-JCC-PBJC Alphabet Soup Selection Event ("Alphabet Soup")
Each year the Jefferson County Commission
and the Personnel Board of Jefferson County
visited the University of Maryland to co-host a selection event for friends and family of the UMD IO MPS. This is a one-of-a-kind event in which students receive training on assessing structured interview responses, an opportunity to pump up their resume, and an opportunity network with IO professionals in addition to developing their understanding of selection
in an unusual circumstance (consent decree).
2. UMD IO CARES
A group of students and alumni initially working in support of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) for SIOP have launched a new initiative out of the UMD IO community to promote ethnic diversity in IO. Specifically, UMD IO CARES works toward the mission of improving Community, Access, Recognition, Education, and Support (CARES) for ethnic minorities in and entering the field of I/O Psychology.
3. Hands-On Experience with Organizations
Students and alumni are encouraged to attend the yearly Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology
(SIOP) conference. In addition to leading presentations in the formal conference program, UMD IO community members have opportunities to network, connect, and help each other and the community while at the conference.