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Psi Chi URW Awards Ceremony

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Friday, April 12, 2019
Updated: Friday, April 12, 2019




A key part of Psi Chi’s mission is recognizing the successes and hard work put forth by our members. Therefore, it seems only fitting to finish up our fun, informal Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Week with an equally fun, informal Awards Ceremony article!

Below, we are proud to call out the following individuals for their incredible service to Psi Chi, student research, and the field of psychology!

Best 2018 Journal Reviewer

Editor Debi Brannan greatly appreciates every person on the Psi Chi Journal reviewer team. However, out of almost 300 doctoral-level reviewers, one reviewer in particular really stands out to her above all others. Reviewer Dr. Robert R. Wright (Brigham Young University–Idaho) has become one of the journal team’s top go-to reviewers for when we need a review that is fabulously in-depth, supportive to the authors, and speedy too! Rob, thank you so much for your service! Visit HERE to learn about becoming a reviewer!

Best 2018 Awards and Grants Reviewer

Awards and Grants Officer Paige Anctil would like to specially recognize evaluator Dr. Evan Zucker (Loyola University New Orleans) for his impressive service. In addition to being the Southwestern Vice-President from 2012 to 2016, he has also reviewed more than 100 applications between the Undergraduate Research Grants this and last year, and his work on the Scholarship committee, among other programs! Thank you, Dr. Zucker!

Best Psi Chi Tattoo!

Okay, so there’s only one person eligible for this recognition (that we know of!). But Bryan Patriquin’s (Southern New Hampshire University) tattoo is so wickedly awesome that we couldn’t help bringing it to everyone’s attention once again this year! You can view the tattoo, and the inspirational story behind it, in this recent magazine article.

Latest Psi Chi Distinguished Members


This year, Psi Chi’s Board of Directors have nominated two new renowned experts to become the latest Distinguished Members of Psi Chi: Dr. Jane S. Halonen (University of West Florida) and Dr. Antonio Puente (University of North Carolina Wilmington). Congratulations! Their names will now be listed alongside other Distinguished Members such as Drs. Albert Bandura, Elizabeth Loftus, and many others. View the full list.

2018 Most Active Journal Reviewer

Thank you so much to Dr. Katharine S. Shaffer (University of Baltimore) for completing EIGHT empirical manuscript reviews in 2018! Wow! Reviewers are selected based on their subject areas listed online. Therefore, reviewers who would like to increase their number of reviews requests are encouraged to log in to the online submission portal and see if there are any additional subject areas that they would feel comfortable reviewing.

Best 2018 Undergraduate Journal Manuscript for APA Style

Bradley Cannon, Psi Chi Journal’s APA Style Reviewer, is happy to recognize Kayla Wilson (University of Central Arkansas) for her outstanding work. All revised manuscripts receive a comprehensive APA Style Review, and Kayla’s manuscript had fewer edits than any other article this year! Great job! Also, special thanks to her coauthor and faculty mentor, Dr. Kenith Sobel. This is not the first time that Dr. Sobel has guided an outstanding student submission! See the full article.

Special Recognition

Kelly Cuccolo (University of North Dakota) told us that she stepped a bit out of her comfort zone when she applied to become the chair of the NICE:CROWD collaborative research project. Despite her original hesitation, her performance has consistently amazed us throughout, and the first-ever NICE:CROWD project is off to an incredible start. Kelly, that new program has benefited immensely from your hard work! Thank you!

Dr. Jon Grahe (Pacific Lutheran University) has been invaluable to the Research Advisory Committee. In his presidency of Psi Chi, he led the creation of the committee and then served as an ex officio member during his terms as president and past-president of Psi Chi. After serving in this role on the committee, he has served as a regular committee member until this summer. Jon’s work has done much to advance the ability of Psi Chi members to do their own research. Thank you!

And last but not least, we would also like to thank our Psi Chi Journal Editorial Assistant, Rebecca Stempel (Western Oregon University). The editorial team has come to really rely on and appreciate her assistance with scheduling meetings, reviewing the journal issue layouts, and everything else that she does for us. The Journal team dreads the day that she ever steps down from this position!

Reader, thank you for participating in Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Week this year. Although the event has now reached its conclusion, there are many year-long programs designed to support your growth as a researcher. Be sure to check them out HERE!


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