Issue 2 – Student Committee Update

SAS Student Committee Update

Thank you to all of the amazing students and trainees who contributed to the great success of student events at the 2022 SAS Conference!

A particular hit was the first student-led salons organized by the SAS Student Committee (SASSC). One salon, moderated by SASSC Secretary Dasha Yermol, was geared towards undergraduate students and sparked a conversation about the graduate school lifestyle. The second salon, moderated by SASSC Chair Angela Smith, focused on postdoctoral opportunities and industry jobs for graduate students.

We also had a stimulating student social event this year! Many students joined us in the Student Lounge for games of, codenames, and bingo. Students interacted one-on-one or in groups with veteran and newbie conferencegoers. This networking opportunity encouraged students to check out each other’s poster sessions and talks!

As we begin to plan student events for the 2023 SAS Conference, the SAS Student Committee welcomed four new positions and eight new SASSC Committee members. We are excited to announce the new 2022-2023 SASSC Team:

Chair: Angela Smith
Vice-Chair: Livia Sacchi
Secretary: Dasha Yermol
Post-Doctoral Member at Large: Julian Scheffer
Graduate Member at Large: Kyle Barrentine
Graduate Member at Large: Eva Liu
Undergraduate Member at Large: Vale Paterson
Undergraduate Member at Large: Paige Freeburg
International Member at Large: Maciej Behnke
International Member at Large: Ola Tkacz

Do you have an idea for a student-led event or salon or want to volunteer with SASSC? If so, we want to hear from you! Email Angela Smith at 

Issue 1 – Student Committee Update

SAS Student Committee Update

The SAS student committee (“SASSC”) plays an integral role in our society’s functioning. We highlight our student committee’s ongoing contributions to the SAS student body and the broader SAS community as a whole. This edition’s update was written by SASSC Secretary Dasha Yermol, and SASSC Vice-Chair Jordan Wylie.

Are you looking for an opportunity to network with other students, have some free time in between talks, or just trying to take a break from all the back-to-back Zoom sessions? If you answered “yes” to any (or all) of those questions, come join us in the GatherTown Student Lounge! The 2022 student lounge will be packed with activities to connect with fellow conference-goers. So, stop by to upregulate your positive emotions with a friendly game of Tetris or Pictionary, and grab a *virtual* beer with someone new; after all, chatting with a stranger can be considered a “micro-moment of love” (Sandstrom, SAS 2021).

The SAS Student Committee is also hosting two salons for undergraduate and graduate students this year. Undergraduates, get ready to chat with current graduate students about the ins and outs of grad school; and graduate students, don’t miss our salon geared towards postdoctoral and industry opportunities. Both salons will be very interactive so come with questions and comments!

Finally, let’s not forget about the opportunity to connect one-on-one. Folks at all career stages are welcome to meet at a virtual table to share their advice and experiences in the field of affective science, the current project you’re working on, or even the cutest photos of your pets. We can’t wait to spark up some lively conversations at the student lounge this year! See you all there!

To keep up with all of the SAS Student Committee news, follow us on Twitter (@SASstudents) and join our Facebook group (Society for Affective Science Students & Trainees).