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MUPC - History

History of the Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC)

The Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC) first met in 2005 on the campus of Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. Maria Hunt, PhD, 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, a process that 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 was put in place by Park University that would allow students to submit virtual oral presentations. This option was designed to 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. Unfortunately, no virtual submissions were received in 2013. Lindenwood University decided to make a second attempt in 2014 by lowering the registration fee for these presenters. Lindenwood received MUPC’s first virtual presentation that year!

Past Conferences

Year Host Institution City Conference Director(s)
2005 Avila University Kansas City Maria Hunt, PhD
2006 Avila University Kansas City Amy Bucher, PhD
2007 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville Rebecca Hendrix, PhD
Alisha Francis, PhD
2008 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville Alisha Francis, PhD
Rebecca Hendrix, PhD
2009 Lindenwood University St. Charles Michiko Nohara-LeClair, PhD
2010 Westminster College Fulton Ted Jaeger, PhD
2011 Westminster College Fulton Ted Jaeger, PhD
2012 Westminster College Fulton Ted Jaeger, PhD
2013 Park University Kansas City Patricia Marsh, PhD
2014 Lindenwood University St. Charles Michiko Nohara-LeClair, PhD

History of MUPC's Logo and Mascot

The Logo

MUPC - Logo

Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, MO) created the logo to use as a crest for the very first MUPC conference t-shirts. The Psi symbol stands for psychology, and the logo features a silhouette of the state of Missouri. The lettering above the state that is in the shape of an arch, was not originally intended to resemble the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO, although in retrospect, we like to think it was.

For MUPC 2014, Lindenwood University's Office of Public Relations "recreated" the iconic logo to be a high resolution image for printed materials. For more information about this process, please contact Michiko Nohara-LeClair, PhD (

Mupsee the Mascot

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, "Mupsee," to be used to help promote the conference. Six designs were submitted, and a total of 51 student voters, drawn from members of the Lindenwood University Chapter of Psi Chi, the Psychology Interest Club, and students who were enrolled in research-related psychology courses at Lindenwood University voted on their favorite design.

Original Mupsee design, 2009
Original Mupsee design, 2009

The original mascot design chosen was designed by Eric Nohara-LeClair. The writing on Mupsee's body originally appeared in Greek letters. 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. In 2009, Mupsee also made appearances in black and white as well as in different shades of grey as needed to accommodate printing requirements.

Mascot modified by the Lindenwood MUPC Planning Committee, 2009
Mascot modified by the Lindenwood MUPC Planning Committee, 2009

For MUPC 2013, with permission, Mupsee was modified to fit the host institution's mascot - Pirates "Sir George" of Park University.

Mascot Modified by Park University, 2013
Mascot Modified by Park University, 2013

For MUPC 2014, Lindenwood University decided to follow in the footsteps of Park University and had Mupsee redesigned to accommodate the Lindenwood, St. Charles campus mascot, the lion. The new look was designed by an undergraduate graphics design student, Alex Braun.

Mupsee for MUPC 2014 designed by Alex Braun of Lindenwood University, 2014
Mupsee for MUPC 2014 designed by Alex Braun of Lindenwood University, 2014

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