Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929, for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology. Psi Chi also promotes the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate students who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association 1 (APA) and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.
Psi Chi serves two major goals. The first of these is the Society's obligation to provide academic recognition to its initiates by the 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 creative development. For example, Psi Chi makes 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. Also, national and regional conventions are held annually in conjunction with the psychological associations' conventions. Additionally, there are research award competitions, certificate recognition programs, and a quarterly Psi Chi Newsletter that helps to unite the members as well as to inform and recognize their contributions and accomplishments.
At CMU, one of Psi Chi's most popular programs is the Class Hash that occurs just before pre-registration each semester, when students exchange experiences about classes they have taken. Class Hash can help you make decisions about which classes and instructors to take.
Other programs vary, and members are strongly urged to express opinions about proposed programs or to propose their own. Typically there is a social program and speakers each semester. Psi Chi also offers students the chance to present their own research.
Non-members are welcome at all meetings of Psi Chi. Students interested in becoming members may contact an officer of Psi Chi. The officers' names and phone numbers are posted on the bulletin board near the first floor elevator in Sloan Hall or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately, students may contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Kyle Scherr at email@example.com, (989) 774-3001. Psi Chi information is available from the Psychology Department main office, Sloan 101.
1Committee on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242. Telephone: (202) 336-5500. TDD: (202) 336-6123.