Ashland University's chapter of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, has received "Psi Chi Model Chapter" designation for their activities during the 2010-2011 academic year. AU's chapter was one of only 36 out of more than 1,100 Psi Chi chapters to be recognized with this designation. According to the Psi Chi website, chapters are named Model Chapters if they "consistently maintain outstanding records of membership inductions, chapter correspondence, service projects, and other criteria associated with being an outstanding chapter."
Among the full criteria for the award is the requirement that the chapter participate in the Psi Chi Awards and Grants program. This criterion was met when junior Rachel Carson applied for (and received) an APS Summer Research Grant. Another requirement for the award is that members of the chapter must attend a research conference. This criterion was met when members Jessica Bates, Rachel Carson, Lauren Goossens, Nicolle Valentine, and Shawn Yambor presented their work at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago in May of 2011.
The chapter was led in 2010-2011 by Courtney Long (Chapter President) and Holly Fredericks (Chapter Secretary-Treasurer), with Dr. Diane Bonfiglio serving as the faculty advisor. Designation of "Model Chapter" status was accompanied by a certificate and a check for $100 to be used toward Psi Chi sponsored events. Congratulations to the AU Psi Chi chapter!!