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Western Regional Spring Letter

Dear Western Psi Chi members,

I hope you all had a very enjoyable academic year so far and are looking forward to this spring. 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 spring and summer.

  • The 2017 Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (WPA) will be held April 27–30 in Sacramento, CA. Additional details are available on the WPA webpage. Psi Chi’s Distinguished Lecturer at this convention will be Dr. Peter H. Kahn Jr. (University of Washington), a prolific and well-known researcher focusing on the effects of human interaction with nature. Also, we are extremely pleased to have Dr. Stanley Sue (Palo Alto University) providing a talk on cultural competency in the field of psychology, and Drs. Stacie Spencer (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) and Paul Hettich (DePaul University) will have informative sessions focused on careers in psychology. As always, we will have several other sessions geared toward the interests of our Psi Chi members. Check them out. In addition, consider participating in the Psi Chi Chapter Exchange, a great opportunity to network with fellow students and faculty in the Western region.
  • Many thanks go to the Steering Committee for the Western Region of Psi Chi. They have put in a great deal of work preparing for the WPA convention. Your Steering Committee members are Elizabeth Campbell, PhD (Whitworth University), Jill Yamashita, PhD (California State University, Monterey Bay), 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, grants, and scholarships are coming up within the next few months including those for Unrestricted Travel Grants—Summer (up to $1,500, May 5) and Psi Chi Undergraduate Scholarships ($3,000, June 30), among many others.
  • Check out Psi Chi’s two organizational publications, the 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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