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Eye on Psi Chi: Winter 2018

Meet PSI CHI's Third Annual Scholarship Winners

PSI CHI Awards and Grants
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We are immensely proud to introduce the recipients for Psi Chi’s third annual scholarships program—all sixteen of them! Yes, incredibly, we were able to quadruple the funding for scholarships this year, from only $12,000 in 2016 to $48,000 in 2017! And just as impressive, 2017 marks the very first year that graduate students were invited to apply, in addition to undergraduates.

A special thank you to Psi Chi’s Board of Directors, our donors, and GEICO for making Psi Chi Scholarships such a wonderful success! Your generosity directly helped the 16 students below, each of whom was awarded a $3,000 scholarship to use toward educational-related expenses such as tuition, fees, and books.


“Receiving the Psi Chi Undergraduate Scholarship was extremely important for me in advancing my education and potential future career. The scholarship will aid me in potentially funding my own research, alongside helping me pay for tuition for school.”
My Nguyen is an undergraduate student at Liberty University (VA). My is a double major in counseling and human development, and clinical/research. She has a 4.0 overall GPA, and has participated in conducting and assisting research, as well as extracurricular activities while holding a part-time job on campus.

“Participating in Psi Chi has been a wonderful gateway into meeting new mentors, understanding requirements for graduate programs, and being able to receive assistance as my husband and I continue to further our educations in graduate and medical school.”
Sariah Porter will receive her undergraduate degree in psychology from Brigham Young University (UT) in April 2018 and is pursuing graduate school. Sariah plans on specializing in school psychology and hopes to help families to understand the needs and proper methods of helping their children succeed.

“ This scholarship will help me focus less on getting extra work hours and more on my classwork. It will support my dreams of studying abroad in Japan or elsewhere to experience other cultures.”
William “Bill” Silvia, Jr., returned to school at Western Connecticut State University in 2015 after taking a break of several years to help his family maintain economic stability. A substance abuse internship and Psychology Club events have helped him plan for his personal future.

“ I am absolutely ecstatic and grateful to receive such an esteemed scholarship. This opportunity came at a time of great need. I fully intend to put this financial assistance to great use and uphold the standards of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.”
Kenia Williams is an International student at the University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive, NC, and is native to the island of Dominica. Kenia is the president of her Psi Chi chapter and a member of the Psychology Club. She is a supplemental instructor for psychology and literature, and a tutor in psychology.

“ When I first read the e-mail saying that I was awarded a Psi Chi Undergraduate Scholarship, I almost started crying, I was so overwhelmed. Now, I can worry less about finances, and I have more time to spend researching my senior thesis and preparing myself for graduate school, pursuing a career in school counseling.”
Rebekah Turbett is a senior at Albright College (PA). She is president of her Psi Chi chapter, is president of Albright Christian Fellowship, and is treasurer for her class. Rebekah presented undergraduate research findings at EPA. She has also served as a teaching assistant for Psychology Research Methods and a peer tutor for multiple psychology classes.

“ I was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States when I was seven years old. This scholarship will enable me to continue my undergraduate education in psychology and prepare for graduate school in forensic psychology.”
Samelfi Raposo-Mena is a senior at Central Connecticut State University. She is the treasurer of her chapter. In fall 2017, she is conducting an empirical study examining the effects of social exclusion on the perception of temperature and on craving for warm and/or comforting foods.

“ Receiving the undergraduate scholarship this year strengthened my desire to work in the psychology field even more. This scholarship helps me to further pursue my goal of becoming a counselor.”
Lauren Paradis is a senior psychology major at Carroll College (MT) and is originally from Woodburn, Oregon. Lauren is involved in the Psychology Club on campus, and she will be completing her bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2018.

“ Words cannot express my gratitude for the opportunity this award has given me in the final stretch of my undergraduate career. This assistance will contribute to my dream and bring me one step closer to graduate school in clinical psychology.”
Arynn Prescott is a senior at the University of Colorado Denver pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in human development and family relations. Arynn is serving in the Healthy Couples Lab and on the Psi Chi board. Her honor thesis focuses on dietary habits in couples.


“I am honored to receive this recognition from Psi Chi, an organization so dear to my heart. This funding will alleviate financial stress, allowing me to focus on professional development and planning important initiatives on campus.”
Stephanie Campbell is a second-year PhD student in clinical psychology from Lakehead University (Ottawa, ON). She is currently vice-president of her chapter and enjoys research in the areas of neurocognitive assessment, anxiety, and dark personality. Stephanie has been a proud member of Psi Chi since 2015.

“Receiving this scholarship a week before school was an amazing confidence boost, and a reminder that ‘I got this.’ With the scholarship, I did not need to stress about how I was going to pay for my books or intelligence testing kit.”
Savannah Marie Pewett began her first year at Florida Institute of Technology as a clinical psychology student this fall. She plans on specializing in forensic psychology. She is passionate about trauma psychology; she has research experience with perceptions of domestic violence, and clinical experience as a sexual assault advocate.

“The Psi Chi Graduate Scholarship will support my academic and professional development by covering the cost of supplemental and educational opportunities that I would not otherwise be able to pursue. Thank you!”
Brittany Mihalec-Adkins is a second-year PhD student in Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University (IN). Her research relates to short- and long-term consequences for children and families involved with the child welfare and foster care systems.

“This scholarship helped ease the stress of paying for tuition at the start of my master’s program. I am so thankful for the role Psi Chi played in my undergraduate education and now in my graduate education as well!”
Kelsey Clayback is a master’s student in the Child Studies Clinical and Developmental Research program at Vanderbilt University (TN). Kelsey graduated from the University of Dayton (OH) in May of 2017. Kelsey’s research interests include child clinical psychology, prevention of mental illness in childhood, school-based prevention, and social and emotional development.

“I am pursuing an MA in clinical psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology at Cleveland State University (OH). I'm very thankful to receive a Psi Chi graduate scholarship!”
Han Na Lee graduated with honors in psychology, with minors in computer science, music business, and statistics. She was born in South Korea, grew up in China, and went to high school in Germany. She plans to pursue a career in clinical neuropsychology.

“Receiving the Psi Chi Graduate Scholarship is an incredible honor, and is well-timed because I will officially start writing my thesis this fall.”
Kaitlyn M. Werner is a PhD candidate in the Social, Personality, and Health Psychology Program at Carleton University (Ottawa, ON). Her research examines the antecedents and underlying mechanisms that facilitate successful goal pursuit over time. Kaitlyn is serving on the Psi Chi Research Advisory Committee and as an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science.

“This scholarship has allowed me to focus on what is truly important—receiving quality training to become an advocate for students and a leader in creating sustainable, student-centered, and data-driven programs that contribute to effective learning environments.”
Susan Selfridge is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she received her bachelor’s in psychology in 2015. Susan participated in an internship and service work with the Center for Global Integrated Education. She is currently enrolled in Loyola Marymount University’s (CA) School Psychology Program.

“This scholarship will allow me to cut back on some of the hours I would normally work and instead use that time on my thesis and the research experience that ultimately drives my life.”
Katey Sackett is an experimental psychology MS student at Rochester Institute of Technology (NY). She is the founder and chapter president of Psi Chi. Katey’s thesis is on atypical male depression and physiological correlates. She is also interested in online or software based therapy treatments.


Copyright 2018 (Vol. 22, Iss. 2) Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology


Eye on Psi Chi is a magazine designed to keep members and alumni up-to-date with all the latest information about Psi Chi’s programs, awards, and chapter activities. It features informative articles about careers, graduate school admission, chapter ideas, personal development, the various fields of psychology, and important issues related to our discipline.

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Students, keep an eye out for details about the next round of scholarships in the spring. You can learn more about the application guidelines at the following links:


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We’re going to do whatever it takes to award even more scholarships next year. That’s why we launched our first-ever Annual Giving Campaign.
Are you interested in supporting Psi Chi Scholarships, Awards and Grants, our Membership Assistance Fund, or destigmatizing mental illness? We would be extremely grateful for your financial support. And so would the many students, whose lives your contribution will have touched!
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