The notion that psychological methods are brought forth as a result of empirical research is commonplace, though knowing where, when, and how to get started is something that weighs on the minds of all budding psychologists. We began this week's meeting with some background information on the importance of psychological research and its methodology, followed by links to on campus programs that serve to bolster the research foundation of those interested. We consistently encourage our members to get their feet wet as soon as possible, as conducting research is an ongoing learning process; As such, our executive board shared their experiences in becoming involved with faculty research. It's important to understand that while inquiries on research should be done in a respectful manner, everyone's start in research is not identical. We felt that sharing example emails between faculty and our executive board student researchers would be an effective way to model the inquiry process, while highlighting the respective nuance. Keeping in mind that not everyone is interested in conducting research, our treasurer Nicole Ibarra spoke on her trajectory and made it clear that; the research route is by no means the sole route to success within psychology. Lastly, vice president Daniela Navarro finished the meeting by going over some dos and don'ts when emailing faculty and requesting letters of recommendation. Making the decision to commit to undergraduate research can be daunting going in alone. We hoped to make the process as clear as possible in presenting the various research opportunities at Cal Poly Pomona, while stressing the process as an option as opposed to an imperative. We maintain that research is essential for the continuation of psychological practice, but it's not for everyone and that is ok!
Prior to this week's meeting we administered a survey amongst members. The intention behind the survey was two fold; primarily we wanted a general understanding of membership composition in order to effectively cater to member's needs. Secondly, we hoped to encourage active engagement with members as a means of facilitating a warm and inclusive environment. After a brief run through of the survey results, we continued by answering some frequently asked club related questions, ending the informational portion of the meeting with an announcement on McNair prep recruitment. This week's meeting concluded with a game of roundtable. An executive board member kicked things off stating their name and class status, following up with a fun fact. Members were expected to follow suit; responding with facts of their own related to the previous fact in cyclical fashion, until the meeting's end. Overall, today's meeting was a fun way to get to know one another, a lighthearted digression before the semester transitioned into full swing.
With the start of the fall semester comes new opportunities and marks the end of summer. The abrupt transition to online learning has no doubt been an arduous experience for all. Such an unprecedented turn of events coupled with the civil state of affairs has left many in a state of disarray. We're thankful for our peers, faculty, and administration as a whole for bearing with us and helping to make this transition as smooth as possible. Member turn out was a general concern lingering in our periphery, though this was swiftly quelled at the meeting's start. We were overjoyed at the chance to be able to welcome so many new members to the Psi Chi community, and to see returning members as well. Lead by president Kelly Nguyen and vice president Daniela Navarro, we introduced Psi Chi as an organization elucidating our mission statement and purpose. During the meeting, we answered questions from our members, briefly touched on WPA, membership benefits, research opportunities and ended with an executive board introduction. As we prepare for events to come, it's heartwarming to see so many eager academics taking the initiative to become involved despite the circumstances, and for that; we cannot thank them enough.
Hi everyone! During this week's meeting we took a break from academic meetings and decided to do something fun so we watched an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The episode that we watched was called "Authority" from Season 9 Episode 17 and we chose this episode because this episode is inspired by the "Milgram Experiments" conducted by Stanley Milgram on obedience.
Hi everyone! This week instead of our normal Psi Chi meetings we had a pizza fundraiser in order to help us raise funds for WPA!
Hi everyone! These are definitely very interesting and chaotic times that we are experiencing right now, but we hope you are all staying safe and healthy! Just because school has been officially been moved to virtual instruction, we are still going strong and we will continue having our meetings but they will just be over Zoom.
For this week's meeting we had 2019 alum, Shea Duarte talk about her experience at UC Davis' Psychology PhD Program. She gave us same great insight into the different programs that are offered at UC Davis, tips for getting prepared for grad school and more! So if you missed today's meeting then go ahead and go through the slides!
Guest Speaker: Dr. Garcia, Clinical Neuropsychologist
Hello everyone and happy week 5! If you have any midterms this week we wish you the best of luck!
This week we went over some tips for how to become a better presenter whether it be for research presentations or classroom presentations. When it comes to presenting, confidence is always key but there are other factors that are important when it comes to presentations such as where you are standing, and the content you are presenting. Below we have some slides filled with all our tips and tricks for presenting and we hope y'all find this useful!
Hello everyone and happy week 4! Hopefully everyone has had a great first few weeks of the semester. At this week's meeting we relaxed and played a game of Kahoot regarding a variety of trivia about psychology and more. The first place winner even won a Panda Express gift card! We hope to see you at next week's meeting!
BRONCO BRAIN DAY & BRAIN DAY JR.