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This page contains information concerning the Psi Chi organization. If you are interested in the goals of the organization, the benefits of Psi Chi membership, member qualifications, or how to join you have come to the right place.

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 is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS).

Psi Chi functions as a federation of chapters located at more than 840 senior colleges and universities in the USA. 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--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. For example, the chapters make active attempts to nourish and stimulate professional growth through programs designed to augment and enhance the regular curriculum and to provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter. 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. Also, the Society publishes a quarterly Psi Chi Newsletter which helps to unite the members as well as to inform and recognize their contributions and accomplishments.

Students become members by joining the chapter at the school where they are enrolled. Psi Chi chapters are operated by student officers and faculty advisors. Together they select and induct the members and carry out the goals of the Society. All chapters register their inductees at the national office, where the membership records are preserved for reference purposes. The total number of memberships preserved at the national office during the first 65 years is over 270,000. Many of these members have gone an to distinguished careers in psychology.

Reprinted from the Psi Chi Chapter Handbook

What are the benefits of membership?

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 you do 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 advantages of membership include:

  • The documents -- a membership certificate and card which give tangible evidence of membership.
  • The references provided throughout one's lifetime (this service alone is worth the investment).
  • The experience gained by working with Psi Chi is excellent for building up a resume; 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.

Climaxing 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.

Reprinted from the Psi Chi Chapter Handbook

How Do I Join?

Students become members by joining the chapter at the school where they are enrolled. Psi Chi chapters are operated by student officers and faculty advisors. Together they select and induct the members and carry out the goals of the Society. Because the officers and faculty advisors are volunteers and their time is limited, anyone interested in joining Psi Chi should take the initiative and contact the psychology department, the faculty advisor, and/or the local officers. If there is no chapter, it is worthwhile for qualified students to start a Psi Chi chapter.

George Mason University students interested in joining Psi Chi can acquire an application from the Psi Chi board in David King Hall, contact one of this years officers for an application, or download the application here. Application deadlines are normally set early each semester in late October and late February. For current application deadlines please check the Psi Chi board or email one of this years officers.

Currently enrolled undergraduates or BIS students are welcome to apply if they satisfy these special requirements:

  • Completed 12 hours in Psychology, 6 of which must be at GMU
  • Attained an overall GPA of 3.25
  • Attained a psychology GPA of 3.40
  • A faculty sponsor
  • Currenlty enrolled graduate students who have been formally admitted to the M.A. or Ph.D. programs are eligible for membership as long as they have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Organization dues: $65.00 application fee (this is a one time fee only)

* ATTENTION Undergraduate Transfer Students: If you have transferred to GMU from another institutiuon (or multiple institutions), you must include a transcript from every institution that you have attended prior to entering GMU. Student copies, or photocopies of student copies are acceptable. Applications submitted without ALL transcripts will NOT be considered. If you have trouble getting copies of transcripts, please see Dr. Michael Hurley prior to the deadline.

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