Psi Chi UCA Receives Model Chapter Award TEN Years Running!
Please join us in congratulating the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) Chapter for receiving Psi Chi’s Model Chapter Award 10 years in a row! The Model Chapter Award is one of Psi Chi’s methods to encourage chapters to have a successful academic year. To receive this award, all that is required is for a chapter to (a) complete 13 basic steps throughout the year and then (b) apply for the award before the spring deadline.
All qualifying chapters automatically receive $100 and a custom certificate to reward the chapter and inspire membership for years to come. The UCA chapter was one of 42 chapters that achieved Model Chapter status this year (great job, everyone!). In today’s interview, UCA faculty advisor Shawn R. Charlton, PhD, shares a little about how and why his chapter regularly applies for this award.
(left) Shawn R. Charlton, PhD, Psi Chi’s Southwestern Regional Vice-President and faculty advisor at the UCA chapter. (right) Students at the UCA Chapter are all smiles!
What is it that makes your chapter a Model Chapter? And how have you done that for 10 years straight?
A major key to our chapter gaining and maintaining Model Chapter status for the past 10 years is to focus our chapter on being engaged in research and other scholarly pursuits. Our officers are constantly focused on the awards and grants, and striving to get students to apply for every program. Every year, we aim to have at least one chapter member apply for each grant. This includes the chapter awards.
How has Psi Chi served as support to your chapters’ student members?
It is not possible to measure how much Psi Chi's support has benefited all students in our program, not just the Psi Chi members. Students who received grants and awards over the past year were directly benefited. The culture of scholarship that has been created by students engaging in Psi Chi supported work is a benefit to all of our students and faculty.
We have several dissertations that were funded by Psi Chi grants. Students who went to conferences that they could not afford to attend with the support of Travel Grants. Chapter awards have helped support a number of activities in the department as well as improvements to the research facilities. Conference grants to support the Arkansas Symposium for Psychology students have benefited psychology students throughout Arkansas.
Would you recommend that others “Give Back” with financial gifts to Psi Chi so that we can continue our mission and better serve our members?
Absolutely! Psi Chi invests its money and resources into directly benefiting students' scholarly and professional development. The benefits of Psi Chi's programs reach beyond just the students directly assisted and into their local chapters and communities.
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Psi Chi members, now is the perfect time to get started in preparing for the Model Chapter Award. View the guidelines. Also, do you have questions about earning the award or being a “model chapter” in general? Please share them in the comment section below (member login required).