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by Stephen F. Davis, Managing Editor - Emporia State University
Category: Editorials & Invited Articles
Welcome to what the Psi Chi National Council hopes will be the start of what will become a venerable tradition: The Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.
The twofold purpose of this journal is to foster and reward the scholarly research efforts of undergraduate psychology students and to provide them with a valuable learning experience. The articles published in this journal, as its title denotes, represent the work of undergraduate students. Faculty supervisors are listed as coauthors (in which case they are identified by an asterisk next to their names) or identified on separate bylines.
The reader should bear in mind that these studies are possibly less complex in design, scope, and sampling than professional publications and are not limited to significant findings. The basis for accepting a paper for publication is the agreement among three professional reviewers that the project, hypothesis, and design are well researched and conceived for someone with an undergraduate level of competence and experience.
Readers' comments about and suggestions for the journal are welcomed. Likewise, if readers would like to share their views on any topic related to psychology, we encourage them to write. If there is sufficient interest, we will consider adding a section that deals with readers’ views and opinions in future issues.
I want to extend a special thank-you to the following individuals who reviewed submissions for this issue. Their contributions to the success of the initial issue of the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research are inestimable!
W. Robert Batsell, Southern Methodist University
Sheila Brownlow, Catawba College
Michael Firment, Kennesaw State College
Karen E. Ford, Mesa State College
Traci Giuliano, Southwestern University
Elizabeth Yost Hammer, Belmont University
Elliott Hammer, Tennessee State University
Myra Heinrich, Mesa State College
Matthew T. Huss, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Norine Jalbert, Western Connecticut State University
Charles A. LaJeunesse, College Misericordia
R. Eric Landrum, Boise State University
Valerie Lawrence, Kennesaw State College
Jessica Miller, Mesa State College
Sharon Mockenhaupt, Emporia State University
Jesse Purdy, Southwestern University
Kirsten Rewey, Saint Vincent College
R. Steven Schaivo, Wellesley College
William Weiss, The University of Evansville
Christine Ziegler, Kennesaw State College
Finally, I encourage all Psi Chi members and their faculty sponsors to prepare their research for submission to the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research. There are no submission deadlines; manuscripts may be submitted at any time throughout the year. The journal will only be as good as the papers that are received; we need your submissions!