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Eastern Regional Fall Letter
 

Dear Eastern Region Psi Chi students and advisors,

The Eastern Psychological Association’s Annual Convention is nearly here! I hope to see you at the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia, March 1–3. Over 250 Psi Chi members submitted abstracts to this convention, and I can’t wait to meet you and learn more about your research.

We have Psi Chi Programming designed especially for you:

Thursday, March 1

  • 6:30 p.m. Dr. Megan Sumeracki (Rhode Island College) will deliver the opening Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture, “Applying the Science of Learning From the Laboratory to the Classroom.” This is a unique opportunity to learn from a trailblazer who is forging new ways to translate learning science into practical contexts.

Friday, March 2

  • 8:00 a.m. We start the day celebrating the Regional Research Award and Travel Grant recipients. Award recipients will display their posters at the opening Undergraduate Poster session. Come see their great research and grab some breakfast courtesy of Psi Chi. Breakfast will begin for presenters and their faculty mentors at 7:30 a.m. All are welcome after 8 a.m. You know what they say about early birds...
  • 9:30 a.m. If this is your first rodeo as a student, former Psi Chi President Dr. Vincent Prohaska will share tips for making the most out of your time at EPA.
  • 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Challenging times call for courageous conversations. Dr. Nghi Thai will facilitate two invited diversity-focused sessions designed to help you critically examine assumptions and biases, and develop strategies to recognize and manage bias and prejudice in the moment. This session is critical enough to warrant two opportunities to attend.
  • 2 p.m. Many Psi Chi students will present their research at the Psi Chi/Psi Beta poster session. It’s your one-stop shop for everything from fruit fly larvae under the influence to the relationship between hair color and street harassment.
  • 5 p.m. Psi Chi Executive Director Dr. Martha Zlokovich and Psi Chi President-Elect Dr. Melanie Domench-Rodríguez join me to facilitate a Chapter Leadership Exchange. Come share ideas to grow your chapter and learn more about Psi Chi’s upcoming initiatives including Help Helped Me.
Saturday, March 3
  • 8 a.m. Another early start to help you take your research to the next level. Join a panel of faculty who have mentored students through the process of publishing in the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. Attendees will learn the nuts and bolts of submitting as well as best practices from first-time faculty mentors (Dr. Albee Mendoza, Dr. Jennifer McCabe), “experienced” faculty mentors (Dr. Jenna Scisco and myself), and former Journal Editor Dr. Melanie Domenech Rodríguez.
  • 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Psychology programs offer many opportunities to develop skills that employers find valuable. Two separate panels of faculty will discuss how to leverage these skills while applying for jobs and within the workplace. The morning panel includes Drs. Barney Beins, Sandra Campeanu, and Andrew Simons. In the afternoon, you can meet Drs. Suzanne Baker, Dana Dunn (EPA President Elect), and Kristin Henkel Cistulli.
  • 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. No Psi Chi programming would be complete without discussing graduate school. Join Drs. Keith Morgen and Jason Sikorski in the morning to learn about applying to clinical and counseling focused programs. In the afternoon, Drs. Garth Fowler and Daniel Michalski from the American Psychological Association team up with EPA President Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne to discuss finding the right fit for graduate school and navigating the application process.

Other happenings during EPA

  • Visit Psi Chi’s booth in the Exhibit Hall on Friday and Saturday. There’s lots of information, great people, and even better swag.
  • Participate in our PsiChi@EPA social media campaign. It’s easy—take a photo of you (and chapter members) at an official Psi Chi event at EPA. Post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the name of the event, your institution, and the hashtag #PsiChiEPA18. First prize is a $125 voucher for your chapter in the Psi Chi Store. Second prize is $75. Full rules can be found HERE.

Grants, Awards, and Scholarships watch:
Psi Chi offers more than $400,000 in annual awards and grants for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. Both APS and APA are in San Francisco this year. You probably should check out the Travel Grants below…

Giving Back to Psi Chi:
Psi Chi does incredible work supporting students’ academic achievement and growth through awards and grants. This year, as Psi Chi celebrates its 88th year, Dr. R. Eric Landrum, Psi Chi President, has launched a year-long campaign to promote help-seeking. Please fund this program. A great way to do so is through the Chapter Challenge.

Stay connected and keep informed!
Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PsiChiEast! Like and follow the Eastern Regional Facebook page to keep up to date about happenings in the Eastern Region. We would love to include pictures from your chapter’s induction ceremonies or other activities! Hosting an undergraduate conference? Send information to me via e-mail, and I will post it!

Please feel free to e-mail me (fallonmar@ccsu.edu) or call me 860.832.3181 with any questions. Hurry up, Spring!

Marianne Fallon, PhD
Eastern Regional Vice-President
Connecticut State University

Marianne Fallon, PhD
Connecticut State University
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