Professional needs of students. Judging from our findings, it appears
that future surveys should assess the impact of improvements to
current services, students’ awareness of services, and the effectiveness
of any new services that may be added. By improving services
that directly support students, societies can communicate how
much they value students as members. This investment at the student
level may create an active future member.
We challenge HFES and universities to continue to examine students’ needs through an annual survey that evaluates the effectiveness of specific programs, activities, and information that HFES and universities provide for students. This information could then be used to improve future services and offerings. The transition from student to employee is challenging. Professional societies and universities can aid students in that transition, but they need to be attentive to students’ needs. Without that awareness, how can societies and universities effectively develop transition plans for students? As HFES celebrates its 50th Anniversary, we hope this survey can serve as a first step in helping students become part of the Society’s plans over the next 50 years.
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Donald J. Horvath received his B.S. in psychology at the University of ANNUAL MEETING Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 2006. He is a master’s degree candidate in the Human Factors and Applied Cognition Program at George Mason University. Carl F. Smith graduated from Old Dominion University in 2002 with a B.S. in psychology. He is a doctoral student in the Human Factors and Applied Cognition Program at George Mason University, where he is completing his dissertation. Peter N. Squire received his B.S.
in computer science from Mary Washington College. He is a computer scientist/engineering psychologist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division and is pursing a Ph.D. in human factors and applied cognition at George Mason University through an N-STAR fellowship sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.