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Carthage Psi Chi delegation attends APA Convention in Hawaii

September 03, 2013

The Carthage College chapter of Psi Chi, the international honors fraternity for psychology, sent three delegates to the 121st American Psychological Association (APA) Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 30.



The Carthage College chapter of Psi Chi, the international honors fraternity for psychology, sent three delegates to the 121st American Psychological Association (APA) Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 30.

Adam Szalacinski ‘14 and Devyn Conway ‘14, along with Carthage psychology professor Robert Maleske, traveled to the conference. This was the first time that a delegation from Carthage Psi Chi has attended.

While at the conference, the students spent four days networking with psychologists and psychology students from around the world; learned about resources to improve Carthage Psi Chi; attended multiple sessions about current psychology research; and discovered new opportunities for Carthage students to present psychology research on a national level.

“I was very impressed with the APA Convention this year,” said Prof. Maleske.

“It was an honor to attend, and be there surrounded by so many established professionals and acclaimed students,” said Devyn. “Sitting in on the educational sessions allowed me to learn a lot about studies and research I never would have known about. I learned about graduate school programs, and overall, I feel more prepared and excited for the future I have in psychology. I am ready to share all that I have learned from the convention with my peers.”

“We really could not have picked a better time to attend for our majors and minors,” said Adam, current Psi Chi president. “We have access and information to about 52 divisions of psychology that our students can join, without joining the APA, to help with their individual career paths. Memberships include access to other students and professionals in that field across the world, and memberships to current research and journals.”

Psychology students can peruse research information and current contacts gathered at the 2013 APA Convention in a new library in Room 232 of Lentz Hall.

“This experience is something that not many undergraduates get to have,” Adam continued, adding that participation helps give Carthage psychology majors a “leg up” over students from other institutions and programs. “I was lucky enough to meet Psi Chi President and Doctor Philip Zimbardo,” he said.

The delegation has discussed future conference opportunities, and hopes to attend the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS) conference in San Francisco next summer, as well as lead a large delegation to the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) conference in Chicago May 1-3, 2014. Carthage Psi Chi hopes Carthage students will present research at next year’s APA conference in Washington, D.C.

The delegation will hold a department-wide meeting in early October (date and time TBA). If you would like more information, contact Adam Szalacinski at aszalacinski@carthage.edu.