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Honor society earns national recognition

TWU’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest and largest all-discipline honor society in the country, was named one of 19 Chapters of Excellence this year.

The chapter excellence award is given to a handful of chapters that comply with the society’s national standards and demonstrates an active commitment to excellence. This is the second consecutive year TWU’s chapter has won the award.

“This is a tremendous honor for TWU and our chapter members,” said TWU Chapter president Dr. Terry A. Senne, director of academic assessment for the university. “We remain committed to excellence as scholars and as a chapter.”

For the recognition, the group will receive $500 to be used for student scholarships, special recognition on the society’s website, a special logo and recognition advertisements.

Doctoral student earns research award

Jennifer Mootz, a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at Texas Woman’s University, is one of five recipients of the American Psychological Association’s 2013 International Student Research Award.

She received the award for her dissertation “Gender-Based Violence in the Internally-Displaced Olilim Community in Northeastern Uganda.”

“It felt good to be acknowledged in that way,” Mootz said. “This is very important research, and [the award] helps elevate it to a more public forum.”

For the study, she partnered with a nonprofit based in the area and a community group that had formed to address gender-based violence.

Her study found a relationship between stress resulting from armed conflicts in the area and incidents of violence — primarily by husbands against their wives.