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Western Regional Winter Letter

Dear Psi Chi members,

Welcome back to what I hope will be an exciting and productive time across our many academic programs. Psi Chi wants to serve your needs as a student and a professional, and we do so by supporting many programs and grants. One way we do that is through Psi Chi Travel Grants to WPA, and that deadline is quickly approaching—February 15. If you are already planning to attend the convention, please take advantage of this opportunity. You can review our complete list of awards and grants along with the deadlines on the Psi Chi website, some with February deadlines (i.e., Bandura Graduate Research Award, Newman Graduate Research Award).

In addition to these existing programs, I want to remind you about some exciting Psi Chi collaborations where members can contribute to the internationally grounded collaborative research projects. Psi Chi was an early adopter in this open science and replication movement (see #46 in the Top 100 Science Stories of 2013 in Discover Magazine) when we invited you to participate in the Reproducibility Project. In the meantime, these current projects were specifically developed for students, and I invite you to be a leader in how the field values undergraduate research. Contributions range from successfully coding published papers (Archival Project) to contributing a data sample collected as an individual or group (the CREP or the ISP). Rigorous research findings that demonstrate that more undergraduate research experiences are associated with better job performance, regardless of graduate school intentions.

I look forward to meeting many of you at WPA this year. We have many Psi Chi sponsored sessions. In addition to our poster session Friday morning, we will host the following sessions.

Friday, April 25, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Distinguished Speaker: Dr. Morton Ann Gernsbacher (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Diverse Brains

Saturday, April 26, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Leadership Is One Transferable Skill, but What About the Others?

Saturday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
‘Isms in the Obama Era: Hope, Change, and Challenges

Saturday, April 26, 12:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Perspectives, Applications, Selection, and Success: Tips for Graduate School

On Saturday afternoon, please join us at the Chapter Exchange for some refreshments and the trivia contest. This year, Psi Chi will have a booth at WPA. Please stop by the booth and visit with us to learn about more opportunities.

I look forward to seeing you in Portland and hearing from you in cyberspace.

Jon E. Grahe
Western Regional Vice-President
Pacific Lutheran University

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Jon Grahe, PhD
Pacific Lutheran University
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Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Canada–British Columbia

University of Hawaii–West Oahu


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