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Southwestern Regional Fall Letter
Dear Southwestern Regional Psi Chi members,

Welcome to the 201718 academic year! Psi Chi celebrates its 88th anniversary. The Society may be getting old, but it certainly is not slowing down. There are great things ahead. We hope that you will make Psi Chi a key part of your year.

Before starting on the fall announcements, please take a moment to think about our Psi Chi members, chapters, and all others across our region that have been affected by the recent storms. Our thoughts are with you. I hope that the chapters of the Southwestern region can find ways to help not only with kind words, but also with direct service. There is much that needs to be done and much that we are capable of doing.

Here are some announcements and other details that will be useful as you plan this year:

Upcoming Conventions: Presenting your research findings to the academic community is part of being a professional psychologist. Listening as others present their work is part of becoming an informed psychologist. Interacting with others at conventions is part of becoming a member of the community of psychologists. In order to help you enjoy the many benefits of attending a convention, here are some events that we know of in the Southwestern region this year:

  • The annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) will be Friday, April 13, to Sunday, April 15, 2018, at the Hilton Americas–Houston. The call for papers has been issued with a submission deadline of Tuesday, October 31. Projects in progress will be considered for the Psi Chi program (and SWPA program), but only completed projects will be eligible for Regional Research Awards.
  • The Winter Poster Session of the Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students will be Saturday, December 2, 2018, on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.
  • The spring meeting of the Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students will be Saturday, April 21, 2018, on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.
  • Do you know of other opportunities to present research available in the Southwestern region? If so, please send the details to, and we will get them added to this list.

Getting Involved: Joining Psi Chi is similar to purchasing a gym membership. It is not the membership that brings the benefits, but taking advantage of the opportunities that membership provides. Being a member of Psi Chi opens many doors. Which ones will you walk through this year? Here are some options:

  • The Southwestern Region Steering Committee is looking for a faculty member and one student member to serve on the committee. The steering committee helps plan the Psi Chi regional convention, evaluates abstracts and regional research awards for the convention, and helps with other initiatives.
  • Do you or your chapter have an idea for an event at SWPA this year? (e.g., panel discussions, workshops, special speakers)? Planning for the convention is currently underway, and there is room in the program for your chapter to be involved.

If either of these opportunities is of interest to you, please reach out to me at

Psi Chi continues to welcome involvement in a number of collaborative research projects. This is a great way to gain valuable research experience and build your resumé. You can find out about these projects here:

  • Applications for Psi Chi grants and awards are accepted approximately 30 days prior to the deadline. These programs are an excellent opportunity to learn about grant writing and to potentially support your research or schooling. Learn about these opportunities here:
  • Psi Chi offers two publications to learn about psychology and to publish your findings: Eye on Psi Chi magazine and Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. You can learn all about Psi Chi's publications here:

Last year, several changes were made in how Psi Chi submissions to the SWPA program are handled. If you plan to participate in SWPA this year, please review these changes:

  • All abstracts submitted by Psi Chi members will be reviewed by the Psi Chi Southwestern Region steering committee before they are sent to SWPA for review.
  • The top scoring abstracts for completed projects will be accepted into the program as Psi Chi Regional Research Award presentations. All award presentations are assigned as paper presentations.
  • Abstracts by Psi Chi members submitted to the SWPA competition that are not selected for a Regional Research Award will then be forwarded to SWPA for review.
  • All abstracts submitted are now a maximum of 500 words, regardless of the program or competition. Abstracts must include a discussion of the results of the project (including relevant statistical analyses). For consideration in the Psi Chi program, the abstract must describe an empirical research project.
  • For consideration in the Psi Chi program, the abstract must describe an empirical research project.
  • For consideration for a Regional Research Award, the abstract must describe a completed project.
  • Abstracts must be submitted through SWPA's website by Tuesday, October 31.
  • For full details on the changes to the SWPA program, please visit the Call for Papers section of the SWPA website.

Finally, I am very excited about Psi Chi's 88th anniversary year Give Back to Psi Chi campaign. This is a great chance to show your support to Psi Chi by making a donation that ends in the number 8 (in celebration of 88 years). Funds raised by this campaign will be used to support scholarships, the Membership Assistance Fund, and the presidential theme of destigmatizing mental illness. To learn more about this campaign and how you can be involved, click here:

As you make plans for this academic year, please visit the Psi Chi website often and explore the many grants, awards, and learning opportunities that are available. Additional information is also available on the Southwestern Region's Facebook page. Membership in Psi Chi provides many benefits. Take advantage of these!

If there is anything that I can do for you, please contact me at

Shawn R. Charlton, PhD
Southwestern Regional Vice-President
University of Central Arkansas


Shawn R. Charlton, PhD
University of Central Arkansas
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