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What is Psi Chi?


††††††††††† Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications.Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS).Psi Chiís sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges.

††††††††††† Psi chi functions as a federation of chapters located at more than 840 senior colleges and universities in the USA.The national office is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.A National Council, composed of psychologists who are Psi Chi members and who are elected by the chapters, guides the affairs of the organization and sets policy with the approval of the chapters.

Psi Chi serves two major goals--one immediate and visibly rewarding to the individual member, the other slower and more difficult to accomplish, but offering greater rewards in the long run. The first of these is the Societyís obligation to provide academic recognition to its inductees by the mere fact of membership. The second goal is the obligation of each of the Societyís local chapters to nurture the spark of that accomplishment by offering a climate congenial to its creative development. For example, the chapters make active attempts to nourish and stimulate professional growth through programs designed to augment and enhance the regular curriculum and to provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter. In addition, the national organization provides programs to help achieve these goals, including national and regional conventions held annually in conjunction with the psychological associations, research award competitions, and certificate recognition programs. Also, the Society publishes a quarterly Psi Chi Newsletter, which helps to unite the members as well as to inform and recognize their contributions and accomplishments.

Students become members by joining the chapter at the school where they are enrolled. Psi Chi chapters are operated by student officers and faculty advisors. Together they select and induct the members and carry out the goals of the Society. All chapters register their inductees at the national office, where the membership records are preserved for reference purposes. The total number of memberships preserved at the national office during the first 65 years is over 270,000. Many of these members have gone on to distinguished careers in psychology.


Advantages of Psi Chi Membership

        Psi Chi provides national recognition for academic excellence in psychology, an honor, which can be noted on employment applications, vitae, and resumes.

        Through membership in Psi Chi, students gain a sense of community with others in psychology and an identification with the discipline.

        Psi Chi provides a local, regional, and national forum for obtaining information and developing perspectives about the field of psychology, learning about educational and career opportunities, and forming meaningful professional networks.

        The local level, chapter membership facilitates leadership development, interaction with other students who have similar interests, and service to the department and institution sponsoring Psi Chi.

        Members receive a membership card and certificate and, through chapter mailings, copies of the Psi Chi newsletter. (Following graduation, members may subscribe to the quarterly newsletter.)

        Psi Chi chapter activities provide students with valuable opportunities develop one-on-one relationships with professors who can stimulate their interest in psychology, involve them in research projects, and write meaningful letters of recommendation for them.

        Psi Chi encourages student research at the regional and national as well as local levels through undergraduate and graduate research award competitions and provides opportunities for students to present research and receive certificates recognizing their accomplishments at regional and national psychological association meetings.

        Psi Chi sponsors outstanding programs at regional and national psycho- logical association meetings. Members benefit not only from the programs, but also from the opportunity to meet leading psychologists and students from other chapters.

        Membership in Psi Chi meets one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in numerous professional and technical occupations in the United States government.

        Membership is for life. The national registration fee of $25 is the only payment ever made to the national organization, which does not charge dues.



Psi Chi Requirements

       Must have completed FOUR Psychology courses.

       Must have a 3.5 Cumulative GPA in your completed PSYCHOLOGY courses.

       Must be within the top 35% of your class

       You do NOT need to be a Psychology Major or Minor to be a member of our Psi Chi Chapter.






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