Dear Eastern Psi Chi chapters,
Welcome back to a
new academic year! Below are some important announcements and events coming up
this year in the Eastern region that I hope you will attend.
- The New
England Psychological Association meeting was held Saturday, October 18 at
Bates College in Lewiston, ME. There were workshops and panel discussions on
chapter leadership and graduate school, and our Psi Chi keynote speaker, Dr.
Adrian Raine (University of Pennsylvania), gave a wonderful presentation on
"The Anatomy of Violence” based on his work in neuroscience. More than 40 Psi
Chi students presented posters at NEPA; congratulations to all!
- Mark your calendars for the 2015
Eastern Psychological Association convention in Philadelphia, PA, March
5–7, 2015. Many sessions will be geared toward students, covering such diverse
topics as graduate school, leadership, diversity, the psychopathic personality,
and career options. Dr. Elizabeth Gould (Princeton University, NJ) will present
the opening Psi Chi invited talk Thursday, March 5, based on her research
regarding experience and the brain. An invited symposium on "Surviving Your
‘Freshman’ Year in the Workplace With a Bachelor’s Degree” will be led by Drs.
Paul Hettich (DePaul University, IL) and David Earnest (Towson University, MD).
- To be eligible for a Psi Chi Regional Research
Award, students must (a) submit to both Psi Chi and EPA by the first EPA
deadline of November 1,
2014 at 5:00 pm EST, (b) have their submissions accepted by
EPA, and (c) present their posters at the March 5–7, 2015, meeting. Submissions
to EPA's special Undergraduate Poster Session with a December 1, 2014,
submission deadline are not eligible for a Psi Chi Regional Research Award, but
may apply for a travel grant by
February 1, 2014. Winners will be notified before the
convention in March. Travel
grants are available for both undergraduates and graduate students; go to
the EPA website and click on students
on the left side for specific instructions.
- Start thinking about the national conventions
(APA, APS) in the spring and summer. APS will be in New York City, NY, in May
and APA in Toronto, Canada, in August. These are very accessible to us in the
- Start your membership drives now! Don’t wait
until students are seniors; they can become members as early as the second
semester of their sophomore year. See the requirements HERE.
By recruiting members early in their academic career, your chapter will have
year-to-year continuity among officers and members, and your chapter can plan
more exciting activities.
- Check out the many awards
and grants that are available to Psi Chi members. Nominate your leaders,
advisor, and chapter!
- Check out and/or submit to our two
organizational publications: the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological
Research and Eye on Psi Chi.
- Complete collaborative
research to increase your research experiences and potentially get
I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming spring events!
Eastern Regional Vice-President
Trinity Washington University
Deborah Harris-O'Brien, PhD
Trinity Washington University
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Republic of Ireland, Egypt, Russia
at Lincoln Center (NY)