California State University, Bakersfield
Recipient, William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement
Instability and self-destructive behaviors characterized Jared Chapman’s life during his formative years. As a teenager, he was bounced between various family members’ homes, and several times he had no home at all. Later, while raising a family and working full time, Jared decided to improve his employment opportunities by attending college. He found his career path when he began social psychological research, developing the “threat to core beliefs” theory supported by funding from his McNair and CSU Pre-doctoral scholarships. In May 2007, Jared graduated magna cum laude with degrees in psychology and religious studies, receiving academic awards from both departments. Last year he also began the M.A. in Psychology program at CSU Bakersfield, served as the president of the Council of Graduate Students and vice president of the Community Service Cooperative, and worked two part-time jobs. Jared currently works full-time at the Centre for Neuro Skills as a clinical-neuroscience research assistant/videographer. His future goal is to become a social psychology professor researching conflict resolution in intergroup relations.