Rocky Mountain Regional Letter (2009)
Dear Rocky Mountain Region Psi Chi members,
It is another exciting year in the Rocky Mountain west! I hope that many of you are planning to attend RMPA, April 16-18, 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Please find the schedule of events in the Psi Chi convention section. Here are some highlights:
- Speakers: We have wonderful speakers on anger (Dr. Deffenbacher), professional seminars (Dr. Frista), and Psi Chi membership (Dr. Zlokovich).
- Sessions: We also have terrific sessions ranging from support for our members (e.g., graduate school information, therapist internship overview) to substantive areas of interest to our members at all professional stages (e.g., research and teaching assistants).
- Awards Ceremony & Reception: We will have the opportunity to listen to our award-winning presenters and then recognize them in our annual Awards Ceremony & Reception. Please join us! In addition to supporting our winners, you will be able to network with other Psi Chi members in the region and have the opportunity to win one of many Psi Chi items that will be raffled during the reception.
- Recognition of Faculty Advisors: During RMPA, we will recognize our faculty advisors for their dedication to Psi Chi during a faculty luncheon on Friday. Seating is limited, so please email Susan Iles by April 4 to reserve your place!
- Food!: Finally, this year—rather than host a hospitality suite—we have opted to have a Psi Chi breakfast at 8 a.m. on Friday. Everyone is invited to mix and mingle with other members and advisors.
The success of RMPA, and all regional activities, is possible with the support of active student and faculty members. I would like to thank those that serve on our regional steering committee—Drs. Pamela Ansburg and Mark Basham, and our student member Kristina McDougal—as well as those who generously give of their time to the national organization by agreeing to review proposals for RMPA, review grants and/or awards for the national office, and support students or chapters in seeking grants and awards.
I am pleased to announce that Psi Chi is offering Travel Grants to regional conferences. The Rocky Mountain region has been allotted $1,100 for the program in 2009. Each applicant can received from $150-$300 for travel. Official rules and application information can be obtained online. Applications are due on or before April 3, 2009 with winner announcements being made the week of April 13, 2009.
Special recognition goes to one of our undergraduate students in the region, Tristan Nelson from Utah State University, who secured a Thelma Hunt Research Grant! Sarah Mennenga also helped Arizona State University secure a Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference Grant to host the Arizona Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Convention March 27-28, 2009. More information about this convention can be found here.
Please remember that we have many research grants and awards as well as chapter and advisor awards. Please visit the Psi Chi Award page for more information. And please check with me if you have questions about any Psi Chi awards and grants.
Be sure to let me know of your ideas for a healthier region, for national programs, and for next year’s RMPA! And also let me know how I can be of service and support to you and your local chapter.
Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez