Benefits of Becoming a Member of Psi Chi

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 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.