What Is Psi
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 and is an affiliate of the
American Psychological Association (APA) and the
American Psychological Society (APS). Psi Chi's sister
honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in
psychology for community and junior colleges.
Psi Chi functions as a federation of chapters located at
1,000 senior colleges and universities in the USA. The
National Office is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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 held
annually in conjunction with the psychological
associations, research award competitions, and
certificate recognition programs.
The Society publishes a quarterly magazine, Eye on Psi
Chi, which helps to unite the members, inform them and
recognize their contributions and accomplishments. The
quarterly Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research,
fosters and rewards the scholarly efforts of
undergraduate psychology students and provides a
valuable learning experience by introducing them to the
publishing and review process.
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 73 years is over
422,000. Many of these members have gone on to
distinguished careers in psychology.