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.
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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 3.4 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.
Psi Chi Executive Board
President & Newsletter Chair: Annika Hendrickson
Vice President & Initiation Chair: Bridget Brodlo
Communications & Brown Bag Chair: Meredith Bone
Community Service & Fundraising Chair: Grace Recla
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