Alan Chu receives second prize at international sport psychology congress

UNT doctoral student Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu recently earned second prize in the Young Researcher Award at the 2015 European Congress of Sport Psychology in Bern, Switzerland.

Chu's poster focused on how goal contents predicted exercise motivation and motivational outcomes among college freshmen. His entry was one of more than 400 poster presentations.

"I was walking on air when I heard the announcement of my award. There were so many great international young researchers from over 50 countries in the congress," Chu said. "I had not expected to win a prize beforehand. I think my passion in the research and the support from my advisor were crucial to this success."

The European Federation of Sport Psychology, which organizes the congress every four years, was founded in France in 1969 with the aims of promoting cooperation and the dissemination of information in sport psychology in Europe.

"Alan's award as an outstanding young researcher from the European Federation of Sport Psychology is evidence of his devotion to becoming an outstanding scholar," said Allen Jackson, Regents Professor and department chair for Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation at UNT. "It also provides evidence of the fine leadership that Dr. Tao Zhang is providing as his faculty mentor as Alan progresses toward his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology."

Chu is currently a teaching fellow with a research focus in sport motivation and the motivational outcomes of sports, exercise and physical education. He received his bachelor's in Psychology from the City University of Hong Kong and his master's in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri. He expects to obtain his Ph.D. by 2018.

Learn more about UNT's Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation programs.


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