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"When I Found Out That I Was Awarded a Psi Chi Travel Grant"
Rachel Waldrop (Georgia College)
  April 3, 2017



I applied for a Psi Chi Unrestricted Travel Grant in order to attend the national convention for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Antonio, Texas. Because I graduated a semester early in December, I was unable to utilize my school's travel funding; however, I was heavily involved in research during my past few semesters and had upcoming conferences that I really wanted to attend.

Putting in several hours and weeks of hard work throughout the research process is most rewarding when you receive the “congratulations! Your work has been accepted…” e-mail. The last thing that should impede on this payoff is the lack of funding, but for many students like myself, it is a real burden. Without the Psi Chi grant, I would have been unable to attend the convention because it was quite expensive and required a hotel and airfare.

When I found out that I was awarded a Psi Chi grant, I was ecstatic and relieved to not have to worry about the money, which meant I could attend my first national convention. I have plans to continue in graduate school, so this convention was an amazing opportunity for me to not only disseminate my research, but network and meet several other graduate students and professors from around the country.

For other students who may be worried about funding, I would strongly encourage utilizing Psi Chi Awards and Grants. Many may overlook this aspect of the organization as a source of funding, but it completely covered my travel costs and allowed me to have a worry-free convention experience. Members have worked hard to become a part of this organization and should take advantage of the many benefits offered. Not to mention, the application was simple and quick, which is a relief because some grants require extensive essays or complex applications.

Overall, I have been a proud member of Psi Chi. Becoming a part of this organization was one of my earliest goals when starting college as a psychology major. I put in the hard work to make good grades, and now that I am a member, I can benefit from all the opportunities and resources made available to me throughout the rest of my psychology journey.

Thank you, Psi Chi!



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This year’s Unrestricted Travel Grants are due May 5 and December 5, 2017. Psi Chi members, please share your experiences with Psi Chi Awards and Grants on our private LinkedIn group.


 
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