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Southeastern Regional Fall Letter

Dear Psi Chi members,

I hope this note finds you doing well and enjoying the start of fall. The purpose of this email blast is to update you on some rapidly approaching deadlines related to the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) conference.

SEPA will be held from March 5-8, 2014 in Nashville, TN at the brand new Omni Nashville Hotel in the heart of downtown. Learn more at

Presenting your research
There are two venues for presenting your research at SEPA; the regular portion (SEPA) or the undergraduate portion, sponsored by CEPO (Committee for Equality of Professional Opportunity) and Psi Chi. Your first decision is where you want to present your research.

Why pick the REGULAR SEPA conference?
  • The deadline is earlier, so this is an ideal outlet for research that is already complete.
  • Deadline to submit abstract is October 8th
  • You will not know when your poster is scheduled for presentation until late 2013 or early 2014.
  • Your presentation will be listed in the regular SEPA conference booklet.
Why pick the CEPO/ Psi Chi undergraduate poster session?
  • Ideal outlet for research that will not be complete until early November.
  • Deadline to express intent to submit is October 8th. Deadline to submit abstract is November 15th.
  • Projects with a Psi Chi member as first author will be considered for a Regional Research Award.
  • These poster sessions will be scheduled for early morning on Thurs. 3/6 and Fri. 3/7. This is your best option if you need to know when you’ll be presenting well in advance.
  • This poster session is for undergraduate students only. This is a very low-pressure way to get conference experience in a supportive atmosphere.
  • Your poster will not be listed in the regular SEPA conference booklet; however, every abstract from this session will be published in a book. You get one free book per project at the conference.
What do I do if I pick the REGULAR SEPA submission?
Information can be found at Submissions will be accepted until noon on October 8, 2013. You will submit through the Electronic Submission System following the instructions found at There are very specific guidelines for submission, and the system has changed slightly from past year. Give yourself plenty of time to apply.

What if I pick the CEPO/ Psi Chi sponsored undergraduate session?
The CEPO/ Psi Chi portion of the conference is specifically designed for undergraduate students conducting independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. We are especially interested in Psi Chi members presenting! We have been working hard to get the submission system online this year to make the process easier for submitters and more efficient for reviewers.

Go to This is the ‘Intent to Submit’ form. This form must be completed online by October 8, 2013. Only one person on the research team needs to fill out the information. You need the names of all researchers and the title of the project. You will need to pay a $15 fee online when you submit this form.

The second step will be to submit your project abstract by November 15th, 2013. Here’s the link:

Projects that are submitted for this Poster Session are eligible to be considered for a Regional Research Award if the first author on the project is a Psi Chi member. The link to apply to the award can be found through the ‘Intent to Submit’ portal and below:

Please be in touch if you have any questions or if I can do anything to assist you. I’ll be sending more information about travel grants and Psi Chi programming at SEPA later on this fall. Best wishes for a successful remainder of the semester,

Merry J. Sleigh, PhD
Psi Chi Southeastern Regional Vice-President
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733
Phone: (803) 323-2633
Fax: (803) 323-2371


Merry J. Sleigh, PhD
Winthrop University
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