Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology. It was founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and for 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 works closely with its sister honor society, Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges.
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 Society’s obligation to provide academic recognition to its inductees by the mere fact of membership. The second goal is the obligation of each of the Society’s local chapters to nurture the spark of that accomplishment by offering a climate congenial to its creative development.
Each year the FMU faculty adviser to Psi Chi contacts students who meet the minimum academic qualifications for membership. At that time, eligible students will be given an application for membership in Psi Chi. Induction ceremonies are held each spring. For more information, visit the Psychology Department in CEMC 109.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
In addition to the numerous helpful articles published on the Psi Chi website, Psi Chi publishes a quarterly periodical called Eye on Psi Chi, which is delivered to the Department office. Copies are available for Psi Chi members. This magazine addresses issues relevant to students in the field of psychology, and students are encouraged to obtain a copy each quarter.
In addition, Psi Chi publishes the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research. This journal publishes research conducted by undergraduate students; Kayla Duncan recently had a manuscript published in this journal, under the mentorship of Dr. Farrah Hughes. Graduate students may publish in this journal as long as the research they are presenting was conducted during their undergraduate studies.
More information about Psi Chi publications, student resources, and financial awards can be obtained online at www.psichi.org.