Events & Involvement

Four images of uw-madison Psychology faculty (Prof Buttrick, Prof Gooding, Prof Ryff) and researchers (Frigo, PhD) with their talk titles

Get Psyched: four flash talks featuring the latest psychological research

Friday, October 6th
Brogden Psychology Building

Get Psyched is a 1-hour event featuring four flash talks by UW-Madison Department of Psychology faculty and researchers on:
• the psychology of gun ownership
• well-being in mid-life and what factors protect against illness and disease in aging
• biomarkers, their purpose, and their usefulness in clinical and research domains
• how false beliefs persist
Psychology At Work

Psychology At Work

Monday, October 9
Varsity Hall III, Union South

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What can you do with a Psychology major? Quite a lot! Learn from Psychology alumni about how they found rewarding careers in many different career fields.

Stop in for all or part of the event to join groups of other students to chat with alumni.

Check out these networking tips before you go!

Taking courses is only one part of your educational journey while at UW-Madison. Myriad opportunities are available for students looking to get involved on campus and beyond. Whether you are interested in getting involved in research, events, student organizations, or volunteering in the community, the Psychology Department and surrounding community have something for you.

The Psychology Department hosts several events throughout the year. The Psychology Department is also affiliated with two student organizations Psychology Club and Psi Chi, which are detailed below. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has over 850 student organizations. For a full listing of organizations, visit The Center for Leadership & Involvement, located in the Red Gym.

Psychology Club offers social, academic, and service events for students.  Psych Club is a great way for students to get involved with the Department, meeting professors and peers with similar interests in Psychology. Members have opportunities to develop academic and professional skills through events and group activities.  The club participates in service-related events around campus and the Madison community.

Want to get involved?
Look for us on Facebook – UW Psychology Club
Contact us via email at
Visit our website:
Join our mailing list:
1. Visit our Google Groups page
2. Click “Join Group”
3. Under “Subscription” select “Every New Message”
4. Click “Join Group”

Psychology Club Executive Board 2023-2024
President: Conner Kopidlansky
Vice President: Alena Louie
Treasurer: Logan Lofland
Community Service Chair: Julie Kim
Social Chair: Taylor Steinbach
Communications Chair: Ian Burton

View the 2021 Psi Chi Initiation Ceremony Video on YouTube

Psi Chi is the International 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.  Learn more about the Psi Chi Honor Society.

Why Join Psi Chi?  
The what and why of Psi Chi: Opportunity knocks when you join Psi Chi.

Psi Chi’s UW-Madison Chapter serves two major goals– 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 our local chapter to nurture the spark of that accomplishment by offering a climate congenial to its creative development. For example, the chapter 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. 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.

Membership requirements for Psi Chi
The Psi Chi Constitution requires that undergraduate student applicants to Psi Chi:

  • Must be enrolled as a student at UW-Madison
  • Must have completed at least three semesters of college (second-semester sophomore)*
  • Must be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program
  • Must have completed at least 9 semester credits of psychology courses at UW-Madison
  • Must be in the top 35% of their class. This is approximately 3.5 cumulative GPA and will be determined each semester.
  • Must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA in psychology courses

* Undergraduate students who have transferred to UW-Madison and are interested in becoming a Psi Chi member must meet the requirements listed above, plus complete one semester (12 credits) at UW-Madison to establish a GPA.

Psi Chi Applications
Applications for Psi-Chi are reviewed twice per year in the fall and spring semesters. Deadlines are October 15th and February 15th, respectively. To apply, complete the Psi Chi Online Application

Psi Chi Activities at UW-Madison
The UW-Madison Chapter offers practical experience by organizing programs designed to enhance the regular curriculum. Events from recent years include the annual graduate school informational panel, and presentations from university researchers and clinicians, allowing students to connect with a network of professionals in the field. In addition to attending monthly Chapter meetings, all members are invited to actively participate in one of several committees, which immerse students in projects that foster fellowship, develop the Society, and serve the community. See the full descriptions of Psi Chi committees.

Each year the Psi Chi Newsletter Committee compiles student work, faculty and graduate student interviews, community professionals and alumni biographies in the annual Psi Chi Newsletter.

2019 Psi Chi Newsletter

2020 Psi Chi Newsletter

2021 Psi Chi Newsletter

2022 Psi Chi Newsletter

Psi Chi Executive Board 2023-2024
President: Lauren Hermann
Vice President: Stephanie Gomez
Fundraising Chair: Irene Chao

Speaker Coordinator Chair: El Muratoglu
Community Service Chair: Anna Rehfeld
Communications Chair: Sophie Weissman

Co-Initiation Chairs: Leah McKirgan & Zoe Lash
Diversity and Inclusion Chair: Aarushi Sureka
Newsletter Chair: Claire Papandrea

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There are a wealth of psychology-related volunteer opportunities in the Madison area. Students interested in learning more should consult with the Morgridge Center, located in the Red Gym.

Past events: SPRING 2023

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Applying to PhD programs 101

Tuesday, February 28
Room 107 Psychology

In partnership with Psi Chi and Psychology Club, the Department of Psychology invites undergraduates to hear from faculty and graduate student panelists while they discuss PhD programs in Psychology. How do you stand out as an applicant? Learn more about the admissions process and graduate school experience at this panel with live Q&A.

Panelists include: Dr. Morgan Jerald (Assistant Professor, Social Psychology), Dr. Simon Goldberg (Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology), Katie Pereira (PhD student, Clinical Psychology), and Alex Latham (PhD student, School Psychology). More info at 

Undergraduate Research Fair

Tuesday, March 7
Berkowitz room (338 Psychology)

Wondering what it is like to be a Research Assistant (RA) in Psychology? Join us at the Undergraduate Research Fair! Students will learn about undergraduate research opportunities in the Psychology department by talking with representatives from various department research labs.

Psychology STaRS (Student Thesis and Research Showcase)

Psychology STaRS
Tuesday, April 25

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Psychology is hosting the undergraduate Student Thesis and Research Showcase (STaRS) this Spring on Tuesday, April 25 at 4pm in Varsity Hall III, Union South. This showcase will provide an opportunity for current thesis students to present their research to peers, faculty, staff, alumni, family, and friends.  All are invited and welcome to attend.

View photos from the event taken by Focal Flame Photography use password: BeAPsychStar!

Undergraduate Awards Reception

On Tuesday, April 25, 2023, in Varsity Hall, Union South, from 5:30-7:30 pm the Department of Psychology invites undergraduate student award recipients, faculty and staff, family and friends, donors and alumni to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of our outstanding undergraduates. All students who received a Psychology departmental award in the 2022-2023 academic year are invited to attend. RSVP required.

Prior to the Awards Reception, the Department of Psychology invites students and their guests to attend the Psychology Student Thesis and Research Showcase (STaRS) event from 4-5:30pm in Varsity Hall III.

View photos from the event taken by Focal Flame Photography use password: BeAPsychStar!

Psychology's Graduation Celebration

Congratulations to our students graduating December 2022, May 2023, and August 2023!  We’re grateful to have been part of your journey and look forward to celebrating your accomplishments!

Psychology’s Graduation Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 13th, from 9am-11am at the Brogden Psychology Building. Invitations with additional event details will be sent to students who have applied to graduate in March.


View photos from the Psychology’s 2023 Graduation Reception

Information regarding the College of Letters and Science Commencement Experience can be found at Information regarding the ALL-CAMPUS UW Commencement ceremony can be found at