Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology
The national organization 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 functions as a federation of chapters
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania is one of more than 970 senior colleges and universities throughout the USA with a chapter. The ESU chapter of Psi Chi was established in 1980. The National Office is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A National Council, composed of psychologists who are Psi Chi members and who are elected by the chapters, guides the affairs of the organization and sets policy with the approval of the chapters.
Psi Chi serves two major goals
- The first, which is more immediate and visibly rewarding, is the Society's obligation to provide academic recognition to its inductees by the mere fact of membership.
- The second goal, which is slower, more difficult to accomplish but offering greater rewards in the long run, 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. In addition, the national organization provides programs to help achieve these goals, including national and regional conventions held annually in conjunction with the psychological associations, research award competitions, and certificate recognition programs.
Psi Chi at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Membership is by invitation and based on a preliminary review of the academic records of perspective members. Applicants are encouraged to attend meetings of ESU's local chapter and participate in outside activities. Towards the end of each semester, applications and participation are reviewed and the current members vote on the applicants. The one-time membership fee of $35 is due at induction for those who are accepted into Psi Chi.
Membership in Psi Chi is not only an honor, but also an exciting and stimulating experience, where members work together to advance the field of psychology. It is an opportunity to get to know fellow students, as well as faculty and other career professionals. As an organization, the chapter is establishing itself within the community through various successful outreach programs. Members of the psychology community are invited to speak about their specific areas of expertise. These are just some of the activities that Psi Chi is involved in and with the help of new and current members the hope is to expand involvement in the field of psychology.
- Completion of at least 3 semesters of the college course.
- Completion of 9 semester hours of psychology.
- Registration for major or minor standing in psychology.
- Undergraduates who are elected to Psi Chi must rand in the upper 35% of their class (sophomore, junion, senior) in general scholarship. In addition, they must also demonstrate superior scholarship in psychology, earning aminimum GPA of psychology courses of at least 3.00, and a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 in those few instances when the upper 35% falls below a 3.00 GPA. Psi Chi accepts the policy of the institution regarding grades.
- For graduate students, an average grade of "B" or better in all graduate courses, including psychology.
- High standards of personal behavior.
- Two-thirds affirmative vote of those present at a regular meeting of the chapter.
Membership in Psi Chi is an earned honor which is for life. A permanent record of your membership is preserved at the Psi Chi National Office and may be used for reference purposes such as applications for graduate school and jobs. The Psi Chi national membership fee is $35.00. This one-time fee is for lifetime membership, a certificate suitable for framing, and a membership card. There are no annual national dues.