UI chapter of National Society of Collegiate Scholars honored

The University of Iowa’s chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) was recently awarded Gold STAR Status at the 2011 NSCS Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

NSCS is an honors organization for high achieving first- and second-year students, with more than 300 student-run chapters at universities across the country. The UI NSCS chapter was founded in 1999.

The chapter also will receive a $250 Chapter Scholarship and letter to UI president Sally Mason to commemorate attaining Gold STAR Status.

To attain Gold STAR Status, chapters are required to hold an induction ceremony for new members, create a student mentoring program, hold campuswide events to support NSCS’s integrity initiative, create an on-campus membership recruitment campaign, and engage a campus office in a chapter event.

NSCS chapters can attain one of four STAR Status levels; bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level is determined based on the quantity and quality of events a chapter held the previous year.