Psi Chi Fact Sheet and Application Directions
Psi Chi at Western Michigan University is the national honor society in psychology. Founded in 1929, Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.
Purpose of Psi Chi
The purpose of Psi Chi is to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship as well as advance the science of psychology. Psi Chi provides academic recognition for its members and offers local chapters that host programs related to the science of psychology and provide fellowship and networking for Psi Chi members. At the national level, Psi Chi hosts national and regional conventions, sponsors research award competitions and publishes journals and newsletters.
Benefits of Joining Psi Chi
- You may gain membership and recognition by a well-respected national organization.
- You can receive Psi Chi honor society regalia (e.g., honor cords) which can be worn at commencement ceremonies. You are also eligible to purchase additional Psi Chi materials (e.g., rings, mugs, medallions).
- You can access electronic copies of the journal, Eye on Psi Chi.
- Psi Chi provides great opportunities to network with psychology faculty, psychology graduate students, practitioners and other Psi Chi members.
- There are opportunities to receive recognition and in some cases financial support for your research in psychology.
- You may receive and submit your research for possible publication in the Psi Chi Journal of Psychology.
- You have the ability to participate in service projects sponsored by Psi Chi.
- You are entitled to attend educational and networking activities sponsored by your local Psi Chi chapter.
- Membership with Psi Chi may be listed on your or resume or curriculum vitae.
- The society is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are studying psychology as indicated by a declared psychology major or minor.
- The student must have completed three or more semesters of college courses.
- The student must have completed 9 credit hours of psychology courses.
- The student must be ranked in top 35% of his or her class. At WMU this requires a 3.0 minimum.
- Overall GPA and a 3.2 minimum Psychology GPA.
How to Apply
- Review fact sheet and directions.
- Complete online Psi Chi Membership Application.
- Submit a check or money order payable to WMU Psi Chi for a total
of $80 (dues as of Fall, 2013 but subject to change) to Dr. Baker's mailbox in 3700 Wood Hall, Department of Psychology at WMU. The $80 dues include a one-time national dues of $55 and one-time WMU chapter dues of $25
Submit all application materials by Oct. 15 (or the first weekday after Oct. 15) for consideration for fall semester induction. The deadline for spring semester induction is March 1 (or the first weekday after March 1).
Notification and Induction
You will be notified within 10 days of the above deadlines if you have been accepted for induction. Applicants who are accepted for Psi Chi membership will be invited to the next scheduled Psi Chi induction ceremony. If a review of your qualifications reveals that you do not qualify for induction, then your application and membership dues will be returned to you. You will be allowed to apply at a future date if your academic credentials change so that you meet the membership criteria
If you have any questions, contact Dr. Lisa Baker, Faculty Advisor for the WMU Psi Chi chapter. Be sure to check out our Facebook page where you'll find updates and what is going on within the chapter.