Western Region Psi Beta News!

Western Region Psi Beta News!
By
Kimberley Duff, VP Western Region

This year was a phenomenal one for Psi Beta students! Over 40 students presented their independent research projects at the 95th Annual Western Psychological Association Conference at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. During a well-attended poster session, Psi Beta students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and honed their ability to communicate their findings to a diverse audience. Psi Beta students also had the opportunity to participate in the Chapter Exchange and Social Hour. The Chapter Exchange is an opportunity for students and advisors to meet with other Psi Beta chapters and share experiences. Dr. Kimberley Duff also facilitated the presentation of student research in ‘Speed Research Presentation”; students could only use one PowerPoint slide and had three minutes to describe their research project. There were some amazing presentations of some scholarly research. Hopefully this will inspire additional Psi Beta students to attend and present at a regional conference. The highlight of the Chapter Exchange were moving tributes, including presentations and slideshows of Dr. Jerry Rudmann, Executive Director of Psi Beta, in honor of his retirement from Psi Beta. Dr. Rudmann has successfully led Psi Beta for just over ten years and has been instrumental in providing opportunities for Psi Beta students that have made them competitive at the four year university level and launched their careers in psychology. Without a replacement for his position, Dr. Rudmann graciously decided to remain as Executive Director until a candidate can be vetted. Thank you Dr. Rudmann!

The Western Region is excited to welcome several new chapters to Psi Beta. We look forward to collaborations with Citrus College and Santa Monica College in southern California.

I would like to remind you of the upcoming Western Psychological Association Conference at the Westin Hotel in downtown Long Beach, California on April 28th – May 1st, 2016. This is such a great student opportunity, as students can submit their research in the form of an APA style poster, and attend our Chapter Exchange to meet with other Psi Beta students and advisors. The poster submission application for WPA is due on 1/18/15. Please note that application forms will be emailed to advisors in the Western and Rocky Mountain Regions. Please contact me directly at kduff@cerritos.edu if you do not receive a copy. I strongly encourage you to get the word out to interested students as this is a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate students to experience life as a professional psychologist and provides them with amazing networking opportunities. Although it can seem cost prohibitive, many students attend this conference and come up with creative ways to fundraise (using persuasion techniques to increase the success of bake sale, workshops, car wash, asking businesses or your college to match funds, and even crowd source funding like kickstarter.com).

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