Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, was 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 Chi's sister honor society is Psi Beta the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges.

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Purpose and Mission

Purpose Statement

Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

Mission Statement

The mission of Psi Chi is to produce a well-educated, ethical, and socially responsible member committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general.

Subends for accomplishing above mission:

-Advance science and the profession of psychology

-Promote an educational experience consistent with the mission

-Promote ethical and socially responsible members and leaders

-Define and establish an organizational structure that promotes our mission

-Recognize and foster the contributions that diversity makes to the science and practice of psychology

Applying to Psi Chi

Membership Requirements

Minimum qualifications for active student membership in Psi Chi:

-Completion of at least 3 semesters of college.

-Completion of 9 semester hours of psychology. 

-Registration for major or minor standing in psychology or for a program psychological in nature which is equivalent to such standings. 

-Undergraduates who are elected to Psi Chi must rank in the upper 35% of their class in general scholarship, and demonstrate superior scholarship in psychology, earning a minimum GPA in psychology courses of 3.0.

Applying for Psi Chi Membership

Membership drives are held during the Winter semester, right before the induction in the spring; this is when students meeting the criteria for membership are contacted and are invited to join Psi Chi. 

For more information on Psi Chi membership, feel free to contact us !

Benefits of Membership

The intrinsic value of membership is rewarding to the achiever in that recognition of excellence leads to self-fulfillment and thus to self-realization. By recognizing that what youdo does make a difference, you are stimulated to higher productivity. Accomplishments are enjoyed more when shared with others. Furthermore, the contacts made through Psi Chi will be valuable throughout your educational and professional careers.

Concrete benefits of membership include:

-The documents: a membership certificate and card which give tangible evidence of membership

-The experience gained by working with Psi Chi is excellent for building up a resumé; it is difficult to attain that first managerial and creative experience

-Psi Chi is a springboard for professional growth. Opportunities are made available to the members for promoting their research, receiving national and international recognition, meeting and interacting with leaders in their field, and meeting Psi Chi members of other chapters who also will be future leaders.

- The United States government recognizes membership in Psi Chi as meeting one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in the Federal service

A culmination of the benefits mentioned above is knowing that many individuals, by their caring, dedication, perseverance, and hard work, have made it possible to encourage young persons interested in psychology to strive for excellence—to reach toward that attainable star.

The ultimate test of the value of any membership organization lies in the accomplishments of its members. In each year of Psi Chi's history, more and more members have undertaken graduate studies. Psi Chi is well represented in the professional ranks of all the behavioral sciences. The membership directories of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS) are studded with the names of Psi Chi members, both active and alumni. This is only one example demonstrating that the society's purposes are being fulfilled.

Advantages of Membership

Advantages to Becoming a Member of Psi Chi

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

-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, national and international forum for obtaining information and developing perspectives about the field of psychology, learning about educational and career opportunities, and forming meaningful professional networks.

-On 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 Eye on Psi Chi. (Following graduation, members may  subscribe  to Eye on Psi Chi.)

-Psi Chi chapter activities provide students with valuable opportunities to 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 provides over $300,550 annually in awards and grants to its student members, faculty advisors, and chapters.

-Psi Chi sponsors outstanding programs at regional and national psychological 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 initial society registration fee of $45 is the only payment ever made to the organization, which does not charge dues.

-As a member of Psi Chi, you are eligible for special offers from APA and APS when you join as a student member from either organization:  2008-09 offers

-Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies ( ACHS ), which offers in conjunction with the Washington Internship Institute ( WII ), $500 merit-based scholarships to members of Psi Chi who apply and are selected to WII's internship program.

Meetings and Events

Please contact the Psychology department or visit our Psi Chi information bulletin board and showcase, both outside of the Psychology department office, located at 411 MSB, for our most up-to-date schedule of events.

Thank you for your interest in Psi Chi!

Contact Psi Chi

To inquire about Psi Chi membership or our upcoming meetings and events, please contact the Psychology department or visit our bulletin board outside the department's office located on the 5th floor of the French Hall building.

Thank you for your interest in Psi Chi!