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Western Regional Fall Letter

Dear Western Psi Chi members,

I hope you all had a very enjoyable summer and are getting into the swing of your fall terms. It is an exciting time to be a Psi Chi member, and Psi Chi continues to provide a number of great opportunities for student funding, research, and academic development. Listed below are several important updates, announcements, and deadlines to keep in mind for this year.

  • The 2017 Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (WPA) will be held April 27–30 in Sacramento, California. Proposals to present at WPA are due November 15. Additional details are available on the WPA webpage. Please note that students holding membership in Psi Chi may elect to submit proposals for a special poster session that WPA has reserved for Psi Chi. Psi Chi members presenting in the Psi Chi Poster Session will also be eligible for a Psi Chi Research Award. In addition, at the convention Psi Chi will be sponsoring a number of talks, symposia, and other sessions tailored to the interests of our members.
  • Is there something you want to see at WPA? I invite you to send me your suggestions at The Steering Committee for the Western Region of Psi Chi will soon convene to discuss the program. Your Steering Committee members are Elizabeth Campbell, PhD (Whitworth University), Laura Naumann, PhD (Nevada State College), Jill Yamashita, PhD (California State University, Monterey Bay), and Erica Baranski (University of California, Riverside). Their service is much appreciated.
  • Don’t forget to take a look at some of the awards and grants that are available to Psi Chi members. Deadlines for many awards and grants are coming up within the next few months.
  • Check out Psi Chi’s two organizational publications, Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research and Eye on Psi Chi. There are many interesting articles available to you in both publications. Additionally, keep in mind that either publication might be good outlet for your own work, so consider submitting!
  • Psi Chi is a big proponent of collaborative research and we encourage Psi Chi members to complete collaborative projects to increase research experiences and potentially get published. See our research opportunities page for more information.
  • Finally, please join our Psi Chi Western Region community on Facebook. We update this page regularly with important Psi Chi updates and announcements, and it is great place to meet other Psi Chi members in the Western Region.

Best wishes,

Ethan A. McMahan, PhD
Western Regional Vice-President
Western Oregon University


Ethan A. McMahan, PhD
Western Oregon University
Biographical Information

Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Canada–British Columbia

"The Science of Inside Out"
by Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Dacher Keltner, at WPA 2016 in Long Beach, CA.


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