Psi Chi

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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 serves two major goals:

  1. Provide academic recognition to its inductees
  2. Nurture the spark of that accomplishment by offering a climate congenial to members' creative development.

Officers & Recent Inductees

President:  Janessa Barrett
Vice-President:  Jenna Wilson
Treasurer:  Krista Tocco
Secretary:  Meghan Hall

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Important Resources

Criteria for Membership

  1. Students registered for major or minor standing in psychology.
  2. Completion of 3 semesters of the college courses. Completion of 9 semester hours of psychology courses. Ranking in the top 35% of one's class in general scholarship.
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) in both psychology classes and in overall cumulative grades.
  4. Junior or Senior academic standing.

Students meeting the criteria will receive an invitation to join.  The induction ceremony takes place in the fall.


  • Submit articles to the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research
  • Apply for research grants
  • Attend and present at regional and national conferences

Sample of Sponsored Events

  • Co-hosted a suicide prevention speaker
  • Hosted speakers discussing internship and job opportunities
  • Graduate school night
  • Alumni night
  • Psychology information session regarding the major
  • Student research presentations
  • Volunteered to clean up at Liberty House (Home of Abby Kelly Foster)

Awards Received

Summer Research Grant (2011):  Erin Fitzgerald '12

Examined regulation strategies used by individuals in Japan after the devastating 2011 earthquake

Faculty Advisor Grant (2008):  Fang Zhang, PhD

Examined facial expression recognition among close friends vs. acquaintances