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Western Regional Fall Letter

Dear Western Psi Chi members,

First, I would like to say that I am very excited to be your new Western Regional Vice-President and look forward to serving the needs of our Psi Chi members in the Western Region. 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 2016 Western Psychological Association (WPA) convention will be April 28 through May 1 in Long Beach, CA. Proposals to present at WPA are due November 16. 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. Psi Chi’s Distinguished Lecturer at this convention will be Dr. Dacher Keltner (University of California, Berkeley), a prolific and well-known researcher in the area of emotion. Also, Psi Chi will have a number of additional 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 Psi Chi Western Regional Steering Committee will soon convene to discuss the program. Your Steering Committee members are Elizabeth Campbell, PhD (Whitworth University, WA), Michael Souza, PhD (University of British Columbia, Vancouver), Laura Naumann, PhD (Nevada State College), 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 available to Psi Chi members. Deadlines for many awards and grants are coming up within the next few months including those for the Undergraduate Research Grants (up to $1,500, November 2), SuperLab Research Grants (software, October 1), Thelma Hunt Research Grant ($3,000, November 2), and Mamie Phipps Clark Research Grants (up to $1,500, November 2), among others.
  • 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. Additionally, keep in mind that either publication might be a 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

University of Hawaii–West Oahu


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