Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference


The Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC) first met in 2005 on the campus of Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. Marie Hunt, Ph.D. was the first Conference Director. Subsequently, MUPC has held annual November meetings, providing a forum for undergraduates in Missouri and neighboring states to present reports of experimental and applied research. The opportunity to present in the fall offers a rare opportunity for students, especially those applying to graduate school which typically occurs over the fall and early spring semesters. The Conference continues to provide opportunities for both poster and oral presentations encompassing empirical, non-empirical, and applied experiences in which psychology students share their discoveries and hone their communication and critical thinking skills.

In fall 2013, a new component will be tested that will allow students to submit virtual oral presentations. This option will hopefully allow students at a distance, or who otherwise cannot make the trip to the conference site, to present their scholarship and received constructive feedback from the conference judges. This unique “trial” will also allow conference attendees to view these virtual presentations.

Past Meetings

Year Host Institution City Conference Director(s)
2005 Avila University Kansas City Maria Hunt, Ph.D.
2006 Avila University Kansas City Amy Bucher, Ph.D.
2007 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville Rebecca Hendrix, Ph.D.
Alisha Francis, Ph.D.
2008 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville Alisha Francis, Ph.D.
Rebecca Hendrix, Ph.D.
2009 Lindenwood University St. Charles Michiko Nohara-LeClair, Ph.D.
2010 Westminster College Fulton Ted Jaeger, Ph.D.
2011 Westminster College Fulton Ted Jaeger, Ph.D.
2012 Westminster College Fulton Ted Jaeger, Ph.D.

Planned Future MUPC Sites

Year Host Institution City Conference Director(s)
2013 Park University Parkville Patricia A. Marsh, Ph.D.
2014 Lindenwood University St. Charles Michiko Nohara-LeClair, Ph.D.

History of the MUPC Logo

Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, MO) created the logo with the silhouettes of the arch and the State of Missouri. For more information about the MUPC logo, contact Dr. Rebecca Hendrix.

History of the MUPC Mascot (Mupsee)

Courtesy of Dr. Michiko Nohara-LeClair, Lindenwood University

To commemorate the hosting of the Fifth Annual MUPC conference (November 2009), members of the Lindenwood community were asked to submit designs for a possible conference mascot. A total of six designs were submitted. A total of 51 student voters, drawn from members of the Lindenwood University Chapter of Psi Chi, the Psychology Club, and students who were enrolled in Basic Research Methods or Advanced Research Methods voted on their favorite design. The Lindenwood MUPC Planning Committee members then took the winning original design and made minor alterations to better fit the needs of the conference. Our conference mascot, “Mupsee,” will appear on a variety of different conference items including flyers, signs, t-shirts, and programs.

Wanted Poster

The flyer used to solicit mascot designs was shown to select upper-level courses in the psychology program as well as during a Psi Chi meeting.

MUPC Mascot - Greek Letters

The original mascot design chosen by only student voters was designed by Eric Nohara-LeClair. The writing on Mupsee’s body appeared in Greek letters.

MUPC Mascot - BW

The Lindenwood MUPC Planning Committee members modified the letters on Mupsee’s body so that it could easily be identified. Mupsee’s feet were also outlined in black to help make them stand out. Mupsee also appears in black and white as well as in different shades of grey as needed to accommodate printing requirements.

MUPC Mascot - Pirate

For MUPC 2013, the mascot was modified to fit the host institution’s mascot—Pirates “Sir George”.

Discussion of modifying the MUPC mascot was discussed over email with the MUPC Board Members and final permission was obtained through Dr. Nohara-LeClair; her son had the winning submission.