Dear fellow Psi Chi Members, Chapter Officers, and Faculty
As we begin the academic year, I want to send you this brief
letter to identify some news and exciting opportunities.
- First, did you see the new website at www.psichi.org?
There are too many improvements to list, but ease of new member registration
and access to valuable information are both vast improvements.
- The 2013 regional meeting of WPA
will convene April 24–27, 2013, at the Portland Marriott Downtown in Portland,
OR. The submission deadline for symposia, papers, or poster presentations is November 15, 2012, and your research can
be submitted at http://www.westernpsych.org/convention/call.cfm.
Remember, to win the Psi Chi WPA Regional Research Award, you must be a student
and apply when you submit your abstract.
- Each year at WPA, Psi Chi hosts a number of
engaging, student-focused sessions. We begin with a student poster session
Friday morning, April 25. Later that afternoon, Psi Chi’s Distinguished Lecturer
Morton Ann Gernsbacher, PhD, (University of Wisconsin–Madison) will give a talk entitled "Diverse Brains.” Psi
Chi also offers sessions on graduate school, leadership, and diversity. We
conclude the convention with a chapter exchange and awards ceremony. Please
plan to come to the exchange to enjoy some collegiality with Psi Chi members
from across the region. Finalized schedules and distinguished lecturer
information will be posted on the Psi Chi website under WPA Regional Convention early
- Stay active in the Psi Chi community all year through Facebook with the Central Office
and the Western Region. Connect with nearby or distant chapters. If you are
planning an event with a Psi Beta chapter, consider applying for a Collaboration Grant due
January 20 to help fund the event. Psi Chi is an international community, so take
advantage of that diversity.
I hope to
see you at WPA this year. Please contact me in the meantime if you have
Jon Grahe, PhD
Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President
Executive Editor, The Journal of Social Psychology
Council of Undergraduate Research, Psychology Councilor
Department of Psychology
Pacific Lutheran University