1. What is Psi Chi?

  2. What do I need to join?

  3. I think I'm ready, how can I apply?

  4. What kinds of activities does Psi Chi make available?

  5. I'm already a member, now how do I get involved?

  6. Do I get anything special at graduation?

  7. What does Psi Chi membership do for me?

  8. Is there anywhere to buy chapter specific merchandise?


What is Psi Chi?

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purpose of promoting 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 qualifications (please see below for qualifications). Psi Chi functions as a federation of chapters located at more than 1,000 senior colleges and universities, and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS). Membership in Psi Chi offers unique advantages that cannot be found elsewhere, and particularly for the price. Almost all applications for graduate school and employment ask for honors, which are difficult to obtain after one leaves school. Membership in Psi Chi is open to you as a student; after you graduate it is too late to join.

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What are the requirements to join?

1. Completion of at least 3 semesters or 5 quarters of the college course.

2. Completion of 9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours of psychology.

3. Registration for major or minor standing in psychology or for a program psychological in nature which is equivalent to such standings.

4. Undergraduates who are elected to Psi Chi must rank in the upper 35% of their class (sophomore, junior, senior) in general scholarship. In addition, they must also demonstrate superior scholarship in psychology, earning a minimum GPA in psychology courses of at least 3.00, and a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 in those few instances when the upper 35% falls below a 3.00 GPA. Psi Chi accepts the policy of the institution’s registrar regarding grades.

5. For graduate students, an average grade of “B” or better in all graduate courses, including psychology.

6. High standards of personal behavior.

7. Two-thirds affirmative vote of those present at a regular meeting of the chapter.

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I think I'm ready, how do I apply?

The Queens College Psi Chi chapter inducts new members once during the Fall semester and once during the Spring semester.  Applying for membership is easy, just complete the following steps:

  1. Pick up an application from the Psych office, located in the New Science Building, room E-318


                     Download the appropriate forms from the Psi Chi National website

   Membership Application
Registration Card
Member Survey

  1. Complete the entire application, including both sections of the registration card.

  2. Attach a check for $60.00 made out to Queens College (no staples, please).

  3. Submit the entire package to the Psychology Office, NSB E-318.

  4. You will be contacted regarding your acceptance and informed of the induction date if your application meets the national requirements.

Good Luck!

The Deadline for May 2010 induction is April 14, 2010

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 What kinds of activities does Psi Chi promote?

For a list of past activities, please visit our Past Activities Page. If you would like to suggest a different activity, please visit our Contact Us Page and send us any ideas or suggestions you may have. We would love to hear from you!

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I'm already a member, now how do I get involved?

We're glad to hear that you want to get involved in your local Psi Chi Chapter. There are many different options available to you. One option is running for the position of elected officer. Elections are held towards the end of each academic year. For more information about these positions, please visit the National Psi Chi website here. Another option is to get involved on a slightly smaller scale. We look forward to a productive year, and for that, we need your help. There are sub-committees which need responsible chair people and members. If you have an idea for a committee or event, just let us know!

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Do I get anything special at graduation?

Aside from the prestige associated with membership, students in Psi Chi are also allowed the honor of wearing distinguishing markers at graduation. Stoles, Medallions, and Honor Cords, along with other Psi Chi memorabilia, are all available through the Psi Chi National website.

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What does Psi Chi membership do for me?

Membership in such an important organization as Psi Chi has many benefits. Below, we have listed just a few of the many benefits available to members:

The Psi Chi Experience.

The first and foremost benefit of Psi Chi membership has always been the honor and recognition of academic excellence, but that is just the beginning of the Psi Chi experience. In reality, Psi Chi is much more than an honor society. It is an exciting network of like-minded colleagues and experienced psychologists— a springboard for professional and personal growth. When you become a member, you unleash a myriad of new opportunities—opportunities to develop leadership skills, to network and develop one-on-one relationships with faculty and other psychology professionals, to socialize with other psychology students, to take advantage of numerous educational and career-building programs and events, to serve your campus and greater community, and much more.


A Psychology Network Without Equal.

When Psi Chi was founded in 1929, its membership was limited to outstanding graduate students from the top graduate schools in psychology. As the field of psychology grew, undergraduate students with exceptional academic records were also admitted to membership, and Psi Chi’s network of chapters spread to over 1,000 campuses across the U.S. Now Psi Chi has more chapters than any other honor society in baccalaureate institutions, and has the largest membership of any psychological organization in the world.


Lifetime Membership.

Membership in Psi Chi is for life, and the $50 national registration fee is the only payment to the national organization, which does not charge annual dues.



Psi Chi provides national recognition for academic excellence in psychology, an honor which can be noted on employment applications, vitae, and resumes. Also, as part of lifetime membership, members receive membership certificates and cards and are eligible to wear honor cords, medallions, and stoles at graduation.



The Psi Chi National Office provides references throughout each member’s lifetime. This service alone is worth the investment.


Awards and Grants.

Psi Chi’s current award and grant programs total over $225,000. Ninety-five research awards include the highly esteemed Newman Award for graduate research, the Guilford Awards and Allyn & Bacon Awards for undergraduate research, the Erlbaum Awards in Cognitive Science for both graduate and undergraduate research, and the Regional and National Convention Research Awards. National and regional awards are also available for outstanding chapters and faculty advisors. Psi Chi also awards numerous grants of up to $1,500 for undergraduate research projects, ten $3,500 summer research grants, and, in cooperation with the National Science Foundation, six additional summer research grants of $5,000 each. The Thelma Hunt grant program provides up to $3,000 for empirical research on questions directly related to Psi Chi, and 12 additional grants of $2,000 each are available for research conducted by Psi Chi faculty advisors. 



Eye on Psi Chi magazine provides national recognition for members and chapters, and features outstanding articles on careers in psychology, graduate school advice, and personal development, plus special articles by distinguished psychologists on topics of interest. Eye on Psi Chi is available to be picked up in the Psych office at NSB E-318.  The Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research offers a vehicle for undergraduates to publish their research in a national, fully reviewed journal.

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Is there anywhere to buy chapter specific merchandise?

Currently, there is nowhere to buy Psi Chi merchandise specific to our own Queens College chapter. If we receive enough interest in such merchandise (t-shirts, sweatpants, notebooks, etc.), we will definitely look into producing some for sale through the Psychology department or the Queens College Bookstore. Just let us know what you're interested in by sending us an email at QueensCollegePsiChi@gmail.com, with the subject line "Merchandise Interest".

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