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Eye on Psi Chi: Winter 2018

On Being NICE: Expanding Cross-Cultural Research Opportunities

Martha S. Zlokovich, PhD, Executive Director
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Exciting news! Psi Chi is launching a new initiative opening up cross-cultural research opportunities for members (and nonmenbers) called the Network for International Collaborative Exchange (NICE). NICE participation is open to any university student or faculty member anywhere in the world, regardless of whether or not they are members of Psi Chi, or their universities have a Psi Chi chapter. This openness will greatly expand cross-cultural research opportunities for our members beyond the current 19 chapters in 14 countries or territories outside of the 50 U.S. states. Of course, we welcome universities without a chapter to apply for one.

These research opportunities will be supported by two components of NICE. One component is NICE Connect, which will facilitate people interested in cross-cultural research finding one another. The idea is to connect people looking for collaborators to extend their own projects in a different country or setting with others who are looking for an interesting project in which they can become involved. This method of connecting researchers in two countries, or perhaps far-flung locations within a country, will allow our members to conduct cross-cultural research without the expense of traveling.

As it turns out, there was no need for Psi Chi to create a website or program to facilitate such connections. The Center for Open Science (COS, n.d.), with whom Psi Chi previously partnered, has a program called StudySwap ( Psi Chi will promote the NICE Connect component on StudySwap simply by asking our NICE participants to post their topics with “Psi Chi NICE” at the beginning of their titles. Additionally, NICE will provide suggested ethical guidelines on the NICE Open Science Framework page (

The other component is NICE Crowd, which will suggest a limited number of crowd-sourced research projects for which members may collect data over the course of a year. Afterward, all collaborators will have access to the combined data set. The first call was sent out in October for research project proposals for consideration as one of the NICE Crowd projects.

A necessary component is submission through the Open Science Framework (OSF; website and a completed preregistration in the Preregistration Challenge ( Online preregistration simply involves indicating, before data is collected, that the project will adhere to principles of data transparency, data access, design transparency, materials availability, and clear methodology.

Anyone who wishes to submit a project for consideration but is unfamiliar with the OSF can request help with submitting. Graduate student Kelly Cuccolo, NICE Planning Committee Chair, and committee members (including Past-President Dr. Jon Grahe) will assist applicants as much as needed. In the meantime, if you haven’t already registered on and explored the OSF website,I encourage you to do so.

Does all this sound intriguing? If it does and you haven’t already signed up for e-mail updates on NICE activities, visit Not only can you add your name and information to the list, you also can see all the different universities and countries where participating psychology students and faculty are located.

Over last few issues of the Eye, the President and Executive Director columns have described different ways to become involved in Psi Chi opportunities. Past-President Dr. Jon Grahe wrote about connecting with chapters across the world (Grahe, 2016) and how open science opportunities can benefit members (Grahe, 2017). Current President Dr. R. Eric Landrum wrote his first column encouraging members not to just join, but to engage deeply with Psi Chi (Landrum, 2017). I wrote about internationalizing Psi Chi through personal connections (Zlokovich, 2014). All of our advice comes together

Center for Open Science. (n.d.). Manage your research in one easy, integrated platform. Retrieved October 2, 2017:
Grahe, J. (2016, Fall). Connecting across chapters across the world. Eye on Psi Chi, 21(1), 3. Retrieved from
Grahe, J. (2017, Spring). My passion for open science and how Psi Chi members can benefit. Eye on Psi Chi, 21(3), 3. Retrieved from
Landrum, R. E. (2017, Fall). Do more than join—Engage deeply with Psi Chi. Eye on Psi Chi, 22(1), 4.
Zlokovich, M. S. (2014, Spring/Summer). Eye on Psi Chi, 18(3), 5. Retrieved from

Dr. Martha S. Potter Zlokovich completed her BA in psychology at UCLA, and MS and PhD in developmental psychology at the University of Florida. She joined Psi Chi in 2008 as its second Executive Director, leaving Southeast Missouri State University after 17 years  where she taught Child Development, Adolescent Development, Lifespan Development, Advanced Child Psychology, and Introductory Psychology for Majors. This move, however, was not her first involvement with Psi Chi. She served as chapter advisor since 1993, as Midwestern Region Vice-President (1998-2000), and as National President of Psi Chi (2003-04). In 1996, Southeast’s chapter won the Ruth Hubbard Cousins National Chapter of the Year Award, and several chapter members have won Psi Chi Regional Research Awards at MPA and/or had their research published in Psi Chi's Journal.



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