Welcome to the 2018–19 academic year! I hope that you found success this past year and have plans to build upon it for this year. As you work on your plans and objectives for this academic year, I have some updates that you may find useful.
Upcoming Conventions: Being a member of the psychological community is an important part of a Psi Chi member's responsibility. Professional conventions provide opportunities to engage with cutting-edge research, meet others, and develop professional networks. To help you enjoy the many benefits of attending a convention, here are some events in the Southwestern region this year:
- The annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) will be Friday, April 5, to Sunday, April 7, 2019. This year's convention meets in Albuquerque, NM. The deadline for submitting your proposals for the convention is Wednesday, October 31. Projects in progress will be considered for the Psi Chi program (and SWPA program), but only completed projects will be eligible for Regional Research Awards.
- The 2019 Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer at SWPA is Paco Underhill, founder of Envirosell, a consumer research firm that revolutionized the study of shopping behavior. Mr. Underhill describes his work and ideas in the books Why We Buy, Call of the Mall, and What Women Want. His application of research methods to understanding consumer behavior fits the convention's theme of "Psychology: From the Lab to the Labyrinth."
- The Winter Poster Session of the Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students will be Saturday, December 1, 2018, on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.
- The spring meeting of the Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2019, on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.
- Do you know of other opportunities to present research available in the Southwestern region? If so, please send the details to email@example.com, and we will get them added to this list.
Getting Involved: The degree to which you experience the benefits of Psi Chi membership is directly tied to your level of engagement. The more engaged you are with the Society, the greater the benefits of membership. Being a member of Psi Chi opens many doors. Which ones will you walk through this year? Here are some options:
- The Southwestern Region Steering Committee is looking for a faculty member and one student member to serve on the committee. The steering committee helps plan the Psi Chi regional convention, evaluates abstracts and regional research awards for the convention, and helps with other initiatives.
- Do you or your chapter have an idea for an event at SWPA this year? (e.g., panel discussions, workshops, special speakers)? Planning for the convention is currently underway, and there is room in the program for your chapter to be involved.
If either of these opportunities is of interest to you, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are planning to submit a paper or poster to the SWPA 2019 program, there are a few details to be aware of:
- All abstracts submitted with a first author that is a Psi Chi member will be reviewed by the Psi Chi Southwestern Region Steering Committee for a Regional Research Award.
- The top-scoring abstracts for completed projects will be accepted into the program as Psi Chi Regional Research Award presentations. All award presentations are assigned as paper presentations.
- Abstracts by Psi Chi members submitted to the SWPA competition that are not selected for a Regional Research Award will then be considered by the SWPA program committee.
- All abstracts must be 500 words or less, regardless of the program or competition. Abstracts must include a discussion of the results of the project (including relevant statistical analyses).
- For consideration in the Psi Chi program, the abstract must describe an empirical research project.
- For consideration for a Regional Research Award, the abstract must describe a completed project.
- Abstracts must be submitted through SWPA's website by Wednesday, October 31.
- For full details on the Psi Chi awards at the SWPA convention, please visit the Call for Papers section of the SWPA website.
I encourage you to consider participating in Psi Chi's Give Back to
Psi Chi fundraising campaign. This is a great chance to show your financial support to Psi Chi. Funds raised by this campaign will be used to support scholarships, the Membership Assistance Fund, and other Psi Chi initiatives. To learn more about giving back to Psi Chi, click HERE.
As you make plans for this academic year, please visit the Psi Chi website often and explore the many grants, awards, and learning opportunities that are available. Additional information is also available on the Southwestern Region's Facebook page. Membership in Psi Chi provides many benefits. Take advantage of these!
If there is anything that I can do for you, please contact me at email@example.com.
Shawn R. Charlton, PhD
Southwestern Regional Vice-President
University of Central Arkansas