Bradley Psi Chi chapter wins national award

July 22, 2011

The 2011 Psi Chi/Ruth Hubbard Cousins National Chapter Award belongs to Bradley’s well deserving chapter of Psi Chi. The award recognizes the chapter that best holds true to Psi Chi’s purpose “to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual member in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.”

The award comes with a $3,500 check and travel expenses to the 2011 APA/Psi Chi National Conference in Washington, D.C. Stephanie Andel, president of Bradley’s Psi Chi chapter, will accept the award at the conference.

And there’s no doubt that Andel did everything required, and then some, to earn the award.

“I had to provide a one-page summary of why I believe that the Bradley Psi Chi chapter is deserving of this award, a list of all the current members in the chapter, a document explaining the induction procedures for the chapter, a calendar of the events held in the past three years, a narrative of the activities explaining in greater detail the events held throughout the past three years, an essay explaining improvements that we believe Psi Chi chapters across the nation might benefit from, and a document describing how we propose to use the award money if we were to win,” Andel said.

Even after all that work, Andel still wasn’t sure Bradley’s chapter would win among a tough field of competitors.

“I had no doubt that Bradley’s Psi Chi was deserving of this award, but I definitely did not assume that we would win. I knew that although we work very hard, there are many other chapters throughout the nation that work hard as well,” Andel said.

Dr. Tim Koeltzow, Psi Chi’s faculty advisor, echoed Andel’s sentiments.

“I didn’t expect to win the award, but thought we had a good chance. There are a number of achievements a chapter must attain in order to be strongly considered,” Koeltzow said.

Koeltzow explained that Bradley’s chapter earned many accomplishments that put it in good standing to win the award. The group has won the Model Chapter Award every year since 2009 and also won the Regional Chapter Award in 2010.

“Along with our innovative modifications to the executive committee structure, our vibrant and synergistic relationships with the Psychology Club and the Psychology department faculty and the extensive fundraising and programming we’ve offered over the past four years, I felt good about our chances,” Koeltzow said.

Andel is proud of the message the recent achievement sends.

“The receipt of this award demonstrates that Bradley’s psychology department is definitely doing something right in the mentoring of its students,” Andel said. “The psychology faculty has no doubt been crucial in this achievement with their constant support and guidance, and thus the Bradley psychology department will no doubt gain prestige throughout the nation.”

The cash award will help the chapter expand on its recent achievements by sponsoring student travel to future psychology conventions. Some of the money will also be used to support the “Meeting of the Minds” speaker series, which brings experts in a variety of psychology fields to campus to share their research.

Andel hopes the award can be an inspiration for future chapter members. The 43 year-old chapter will induct its five-hundredth member during the upcoming academic year.