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Western Regional Fall Letter

Dear fellow Psi Chi members, chapter officers, and faculty advisors,

Do you have grand ideas for the year, either personally or with your chapter? The beginning of the academic year holds so much promise. As you create many lofty goals this fall, please remember that Psi Chi regularly offers research and travel awards totaling over $400,000 annually. Maybe some of these awards and grants could support some of your goals. Review qualifications and deadlines online (

Also consider participating in crowdsourcing research, which has benefits for students, faculty, and science. Psi Chi was an early proponent of crowdsourcing science, and we encourage you to participate in these three projects specifically developed for student involvement: CREP, IPP, and the Archival Project. CREP invites you to replicate published studies and provides monetary research awards for completed projects. IPP invites you to add samples of situational, behavioral, and personality predictors of situations. The Archival Project invites you to read and code published studies for basic hypotheses and effects. In each case, there are opportunities for authorship and networking for contributors. Participate as an individual, in a small group, or as a chapter.

The 95th WPA annual meeting will convene April 30 to May 3, 2015, at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, NV. The submission deadline for symposia, papers, or poster presentations is November 15, 2014, with details available at Remember, in order to win the Psi Chi WPA Regional Research Award, you must be a student when you apply.

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 morning, Psi Chi’s Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. David Funder from the University of California–Riverside. I will send more details about other Psi Chi sessions in our winter e-mail, and finalized schedules and lecturer information will be posted on the Psi Chi website under WPA Regional Convention early this spring.

Stay active in the Psi Chi community all year with social media: on Facebook with the Central Office or the Western Region, on LinkedIn, or on Twitter. Connect with nearby or distant chapters. Psi Chi is an international community; take advantage of that diversity.

I hope to see you at WPA this year. Please contact me in the meantime if you have questions.

Jon Grahe, PhD
Executive Editor, The Journal of Social Psychology
Council of Undergraduate Research, Psychology Councilor
Department of Psychology
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447
(253) 535-7394





Ethan A. McMahan, PhD
Western Oregon University
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Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Canada–British Columbia

University of Hawaii–West Oahu


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