Eastern Regional Spring Announcement (2010)
Dear Psi Chi Faculty Advisor:
Welcome back to a very active and exciting Spring semester! There are many Psychology events coming up that will provide excellent opportunities to present to, or at least attend and network with, other Psychologists.
First off, the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) will take place in Brooklyn, New York in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge on March 4-7. We have planned some very useful Psi Chi sessions on Friday and Saturday and would appreciate your encouraging your students to attend our events. The complete schedule of Psi Chi sessions is at http://www.psichi.org/conventions/convention_2000.aspx. Further details can be found at this link to the EPA Convention website, including a downloadable version of the full program: http://www.easternpsychological.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1):
While we always appreciate students’ and faculty advisors’ attendance at the Psi Chi sessions, there are 2 in particular for which we encourage your participation:
1) The first of these will be an interactive session focused on chapter activities, to be held Saturday March 6 from 10:30-11:50a.m., in which students and advisors will share the successes and challenges they face in their events and activities, such as fund raising, community service projects, leadership opportunities, and any other experiences that other chapters might find interesting and helpful. This session will be held in conjunction with Psi Beta, the Psychology Honor Society for students in community colleges, and as a result, they are especially interested in the contributions of those who have transferred from a junior college or Psi Beta Chapter to discuss what they have learned from the transition from community to senior college. Any students or faculty interested in participating, please contact either Stefanie Morgan at email@example.com or Dr. Colleen Spoonire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) We will be holding our annual Psi Chi Advisors Recognition Breakfast in the Court Room dining room of the Archives Restaurant located just off the lobby in the EPA conference hotel—the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. All faculty advisors and chapter student presidents are invited to attend, but we request that you send an RSVP to Katherine Marsland at email@example.com no later than February 24, 2010.
3) As has been done the past few years at EPA, students presenting posters will do so within the larger content-oriented sessions (such as Social, Developmental, Clinical, Animal Learning, and Cognitive). I hope you will encourage all of your students to attend these poster sessions, as students presenting posters love to have folks come by and give them an opportunity to talk about their research. Of course, the highlight of the program to recognize our Psi Chi members presenting research will be the Psi Chi Awards Ceremony. This year we had more than 150 student submissions, making the review process for the Regional Research Awards very competitive. We ask that all student researchers plan to attend this session on Saturday March 6 at 3pm in Salon A when we will announce the winners of the Regional Research Awards (each of which comes with a $300 check!) If you know you will be unable to attend this Ceremony because of a scheduling conflict, please notify Prof. Jason Young in advance (before March 4) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While EPA looms large in early March, there are several other, more local, conferences, to which Psi Chi members are especially invited:
• April 8, Saturday 5:30-8:00 p.m.—The Philadelphia area will be holding its annual Psi Chi Research Day, which this year will be held at Temple University. See this website for details on how you can present: http://sites.google.com/site/psichiresearchdayphila/
• April 24, Saturday 9 am-6 pm: The 38th Hunter College Psychology Convention presents a full day of presentations and other activities, including buffet lunch and evening reception. All are welcome. Details at: www.HunterPsych.com, or email@example.com.
• May 8, Saturday 9 am -5 pm: The 18th Pace University Psychology Conference offers a full day of presentations and other activities, including buffet lunch. All are welcome. Details: www.pacepsycon.com or Mercedes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Psi Chi is also in the process of putting together programs at the two national-level Psychology conventions, for the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in Boston from May 27-30, 2010, and for the American Psychological Association in San Diego from August 12-15, 2010. Details on both of these programs are available on the Psi Chi website under the Conventions tab.
Last but not least, I would like to thank the members of my wonderful Steering Committee, who have made extraordinary efforts toward the success of the EPA program. My thanks to Carlos Escoto, Katherine Marsland, Sheila Quinn, and Richard Velayo, each of whom has helped with specific events in Psi Chi’s EPA program.
Be sure to look for me and say hello at EPA—that’s a great opportunity to brainstorm for ideas on future Psi Chi events. Also, we are pairing with Psi Beta and encourage our Psi Chi chapters to contact and collaborate with a local Psi Beta chapter –it’s a great place to look for your possible future Psi Chi members.
Finally, thanks to all of you for your generosity and dedication on behalf of Psi Chi. The efforts you make to assist your students is greatly appreciated and admired. As always, if there is anything I can do to help you, please do not hesitate to ask.
Professor of Psychology and
Psi Chi Eastern Region Vice-President 2007-2009