FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      Date: October 28, 2002

      Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6516


UIS psychology society honored as “Model Chapter”


SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, was among 39 chapters nationally to qualify for recognition as a Model Chapter during 2001-2002. This is the second year that these awards have been presented.

The purpose of the annual program is to recognize and reward chapters that consistently maintain outstanding records in a number of criteria including membership inductions, chapter correspondence, and service projects. Model chapters receive a check for $100 and a certificate noting their achievement. Other Illinois chapters to be recognized were those at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and Trinity International University.

Psi Chi was founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests. Psi Chi is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. There are 975 chapters at colleges and universities across the U.S.

The UIS chapter was founded in 1990. Laura DaCosta, assistant professor of Psychology, and Karen Kirkendall, associate professor of Psychology, serve as chapter advisers. Thirty-five new members were inducted last spring.