Eligibility is confined to paper/posters of which the first author is a Psi Chi member. The student must be registered as an accepted Psi Chi member by the contest deadline in order to be eligible for the award. Pending memberships will not be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to resolve any issues regarding membership before the close of the application period.
Empirically based papers/posters are accepted.
The regional vice-presidents will administer the regional research awards.
The presenter must bepresent at the convention to receive the award. The awards will be presented by the Psi Chi regional vice-presidents at the regional conventions, sometimes only during an awards ceremony. Check your convention schedule.
Awards are for papers/posters rather than individual authors; awards will go to the first authors for distribution, with any faculty members being precluded from the monetary distribution.
The number of Regional Research Awards offered will be determined by the larger of these two values; the number listed below or 10% of the Psi Chi member submissions for that particular year, not to exceed 24 total. Up to 78 Regional Research Awards of $300 each may be awarded per year. The distribution of the awards is currently:
Eastern Region—16 awards
Midwestern Region—16 awards
Rocky Mountain Region—6 awards
Southeastern Region—16 awards
Southwestern Region—12 awards
Western Region—12 awards
Ties are possible, with the money being split between the first authors of the tied papers.
A paper may not receive both a regional award and an APA or APS Conference Psi Chi Society award.
Both graduate and undergraduate members are eligible for the awards.
Psi Chi student members may submit their research to any region.