Psi Chi Story: Julia Daugherty
Meet Julia Daugherty, who joined Psi Chi at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Julia recently received a Division 52/Psi Chi International Travel Grant for $1,500 and is now assisting with the process to start a new international chapter at The University of Granada in Spain. Today, she answers a few questions about her Psi Chi Story.
For what purpose did you use your travel award?
The travel award covered expenses from Spain to the APA Convention in Denver this past summer. Fortunately, I was able to extend my stay for a two-month research practicum at the University of North Carolina Wilmington while back in the United States. Reinforcing the research connection between these two universities has been vital to my thesis and continued education. Without Psi Chi’s travel award, this wouldn’t have been possible.
Would you have been able to attend the convention without the award from Psi Chi?
No, I wouldn’t have had sufficient funding to attend.
How did it feel to win an award from Psi Chi?
It was a great honor. There are many deserving researchers around the globe who would have also benefited greatly by attending the convention. That is why I tried to make the most of my visit, connecting with others who are likewise dedicated to the same line of research in intimate partner violence. I am deeply grateful for this award!
Would you recommend Psi Chi awards and grants to fellow students?
Absolutely! Psi Chi awards and grants give endless possibilities for learning and networking. Every psychology student and member of Psi Chi should give it a shot.
What has your overall experience with Psi Chi been like?
Very positive. I’ve found staff and other Psi Chi members to be supportive in advancing not only individual professional trajectories, but also psychology as a whole. I look forward to starting a new chapter in Granada so that more students can benefit from all it has to offer.
Describe your experience with starting a new chapter in Granada.
I first learned about the possibility of starting a new chapter at my university in Granada (Spain) when I met Dr. Zlokovich at the APA convention in 2016. I was immediately interested because Psi Chi has provided me with so many great opportunities, and I wanted to extend that to other students in Granada. There is a strong international focus at the Universidad de Granada, because all doctoral students are expected to complete an international research stay at another academic institution. Psi Chi is a great way for students to make these connections and to network with other researchers for potential collaborations.
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Psi Chi members, have you received Psi Chi funding or other experiences and opportunities due to your involvement with our Professional Organization? Take a few minutes to tell us about your Psi Chi Story in the comments below (member login required).
Also, don’t forget: this year’s Division 52/Psi Chi International Travel Grant is due June 30, 2017.