Psi Chi Story: Katina Harris
Katina D. Harris (Prairie View A &M University) recently won a Psi Chi travel grant to attend to attend SWPA, and so could you! View the deadlines for next year’s regional conventions.
A third-year PhD student, Katina serves as a research assistant and research mentor in the African American Faith Communities Project Lab. She received her BA in psychology at North Carolina Central University, and she has conducted nearly 20 scholarly presentations. Katina’s goal is to become a clinical psychologist and work in academia; her research interests include emerging adults, religion, academics, and mental health. In today’s interview, she answers five quick questions about her Psi Chi story.
For what purpose did you use your travel grant?
SWPA’s 2017 convention in San Antonio was the first academic convention I attended without a mentor or peer. I drove to San Antonio, which is about 3 hours from my home. Because I have an older car, I did not feel confident about driving my personal vehicle to the convention. I used the Psi Chi Travel Grant to secure a rental vehicle ($104.00) and pay hotel parking ($36.80).
I am grateful to receive a Psi Chi travel grant, which helped reduce SWPA expenses and allowed me to present on the importance of mentoring students. Attending SWPA provided a great opportunity for me to meet leading experts, learn about groundbreaking research, and receive presentation feedback. Because I am interested in a career in academia, I also looked forward to meeting psychologists who might provide career advice and inspire new research ideas.
Would you have been able to attend the convention without the travel grant?
This was a wonderful convention and I would like to believe that I would have attended without external funding sources. However, I can not say definitively I would have attended SWPA 2017 convention without financial support from Psi Chi.
How did it feel to win a grant from Psi Chi?
It was my first time applying for any type of award through Psi Chi, and I felt ecstatic to win the travel grant.
Would you recommend Psi Chi awards and grants to fellow students?
I recommend other students apply to receive Psi Chi awards and grants to support their research and professional development.
What has your overall experience with Psi Chi been like?
I have had a good experience with Psi Chi International Organization. The organizational representatives have always been helpful when I called and were very responsive by e-mail. I value my membership with the organization, and I do not regret my decision to become a Psi Chi scholar. When I learned of Psi Chi in 2012, I looked forward to becoming a member because I believed that the organization would benefit me as an undergraduate student. Now as a graduate student, I realize the organization continues to benefit me in multiple ways.
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Psi Chi members, we’d like to hear about your Psi Chi story in the comments below (member login required). And don’t forget to congratulate Katina too! Happy travels, everyone!