The Psi Chi Experience.
The first and foremost benefit of Psi
Chi membership has always been the honor and recognition of academic
excellence, but that is just the beginning of the Psi Chi experience. In
reality, Psi Chi is much more than an honor society. It is an exciting
network of like-minded colleagues and experienced psychologists— a
springboard for professional and personal growth. When you become a member,
you unleash a myriad of new opportunities—opportunities to develop
leadership skills, to network and develop one-on-one relationships with
faculty and other psychology professionals, to socialize with other
psychology students, to take advantage of numerous educational and
career-building programs and events, to serve your campus and greater
community, and much more.
A Psychology Network Without Equal.
When Psi Chi was founded in 1929, its
membership was limited to outstanding graduate students from the top
graduate schools in psychology. As the field of psychology grew,
undergraduate students with exceptional academic records were also admitted
to membership, and Psi Chi’s network of chapters spread to over 1,000
campuses across the U.S. Now
Psi Chi has more chapters than any other honor society in baccalaureate
institutions, and has the largest membership of any psychological
organization in the world.
Membership in Psi Chi is for life, and
the $50 national registration fee is the only payment to the national
organization, which does not charge annual dues.
Psi Chi provides national recognition
for academic excellence in psychology, an honor which can be noted on
employment applications, vitae, and resumes. Also, as part of lifetime
membership, members receive membership certificates and cards and are
eligible to wear honor cords, medallions, and stoles at graduation.
The Psi Chi National Office provides
references throughout each member’s lifetime. This service alone is worth
Awards and Grants.
Psi Chi’s current award and grant
programs total over $225,000. Ninety-five research awards include the highly
esteemed Newman Award for graduate research, the Guilford Awards and Allyn &
Bacon Awards for undergraduate research, the Erlbaum Awards in Cognitive
Science for both graduate and undergraduate research, and the Regional and
National Convention Research Awards. National and regional awards are also
available for outstanding chapters and faculty advisors. Psi Chi also awards
numerous grants of up to $1,500 for undergraduate research projects, ten
$3,500 summer research grants, and, in cooperation with the National Science
Foundation, six additional summer research grants of $5,000 each. The Thelma
Hunt grant program provides up to $3,000 for empirical research on questions
directly related to Psi Chi, and 12 additional grants of $2,000 each are
available for research conducted by Psi Chi faculty advisors.
Eye on Psi Chi magazine
provides national recognition for members and chapters, and features
outstanding articles on careers in psychology, graduate school advice, and
personal development, plus special articles by distinguished psychologists
on topics of interest. Eye
on Psi Chi is
available to be picked up in the Psych office at NSB E-318. The Psi
Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research offers
a vehicle for undergraduates to publish their research in a national, fully