Greetings Fellow Psi Chi Members!
As we enter the fall 2006 semester, I would like to introduce myself as the new Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President, 2006-07. I was appointed to the position vacated by Dr. Vincent Prohaska, who has become Psi Chi's National President-Elect. Of course, we are thrilled to have him in this new position and luckily, he will continue to remain involved with our region’s activities.
Our very first event of the year is coming up soon. The New England Psychological Association
(NEPA) meeting will be held on October 20–21, 2006,
at Southern New Hampshire University,
Manchester, NH. Psi Chi has a full day of programming on October 21, which features a workshop on getting into graduate school, a Psi Chi Idea Exchange, and an invited address by Dr. Jane Halonen of the University of West Florida, whose talk is entitled What Makes Departments Great?
The afternoon finishes off with the annual Psi Chi NEPA awards ceremony. Please visit www.nepa-info.org
for more information on registration and program details. Further information on the Psi Chi program can be found here
and is also included as an attachment to this letter.
The 18th Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research is set for Friday, November 10, 2006, at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights.
Undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in the behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, related fields) are invited to submit papers. This annual conference also includes a new photo exhibit arranged by photographer-psychologist Joel Morgovsky, in which colleagues can display their images of human behavior around the world. Direct any inquiries to Jennifer Lancaster at (718) 489-5323, email@example.com
, or Conference Director Harold Takooshian at (212) 693-6393.
November 15, 2006
is the deadline for poster submissions to the annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), which will be held March 22-25, 2006, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Center Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. This year, we are trying something different than in the past, when we had a separate Psi Chi poster session. Instead of having all the Psi Chi posters together, they will instead be presented as part of the poster sessions organized by topic. This way, your poster will be viewed with all the other ones at EPA within your research area. All poster submissions first authored by a Psi Chi member are eligible for a Psi Chi Regional Research Award
consisting of a certificate and check for $300! All submissions must be completed online via the EPA website at www.easternpsychological.org
. When you click on the link to submit your proposal, you will be asked for your EPA membership login information. If you are not a member, you will be asked to join either as a member (for faculty) or as an affiliate (for students). Psi Chi expects to have a terrific program of panels, workshops, and speakers. I hope to see many of you in Philadelphia! Keep checking the website for updates on the program details.
Do you have an especially active chapter and/or terrific faculty advisor? Then you should complete applications for a Regional Chapter
and/or Regional Faculty Advisor Award
! If your faculty advisor is really, really terrific, consider nominating him or her for the Florence Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award
. More information on these awards is in the Chapter Notebook of Psi Chi forms you receive in the mail from the National Office or from the “Awards/Grants” section
of the Psi Chi website. The deadline for these awards is December 1, 2006.
Please continue to check the Psi Chi website for updates on the major conventions in 2007. APA’s annual meeting will be in San Francisco, CA (August 17–20, 2007), and APS will be meeting in Washington, DC (May 24–27, 2007). These conferences are excellent opportunities for students to learn on a firsthand basis about research, service projects, and graduate programs. Be sure to encourage your chapter’s members not only to attend, but also to submit their research for presentation.
I would also like to encourage you to become involved in one of Psi Chi's five national service projects
during the upcoming school year. Possible projects include local shelter involvement
, raising funds for the Archives of the History of American Psychology
, food drives
, Habitat for Humanity
, and UNICEF
. Be sure to check these out at www.psichi.org/chapters/serviceprojects.aspx
Psi Chi has a tremendous amount to offer to you and to your chapter. Please participate and take full advantage of these opportunities.
Wishing you a successful semester,
Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
Eastern Regional Vice-President
Professor of Psychology, and
Director, Office of National Scholarship Advisement
University of Massachusetts Amherst
611 Tobin Hall
Amherst, MA 01003-7710
enc: 2006 NEPA Psi Chi Program