Psi Chi

What is Psi Chi?

Psi Chi is the International HonorPsi Chi members meet Dr. David Buss at SWPA Convention 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  Association for Psychological Science (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 over 1,090 senior colleges and universities Internationally. The Central
Office is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A  Board of Directors, composed of psychologists
who are Psi Chi members and 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 members’  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 international organization provides programs to help achieve these
goals, including Society and regional conventions held annually in conjunction with
the psychological associations, research award competitions, and certificate recognition


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 quarter 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 75 years is over 467,000. Many of these members have
gone on to distinguished careers in psychology.


Benefits of Membership

What are the Benefits of Becoming a Member of Psi Chi? PsiChiLogo

The intrinsic value of membership is rewarding to the achiever in that recognition
of excellence leads to self-fulfillment and thus to self-realization. By recognizing
that what you do does make a difference, you are stimulated to higher productivity. Accomplishments are
enjoyed more when shared with others. Furthermore, the contacts made through Psi Chi
will be valuable throughout your educational and professional careers.

Concrete advantages of membership include:

  • The documents including a membership certificate and card which give tangible evidence of membership.
  • The references provided throughout one’s lifetime (this service alone is worth the investment).
  • The experience gained by working with Psi Chi is excellent for building up a resume; it is difficult
    to attain that first managerial and creative experience.
  • Psi Chi is a springboard for professional growth. Opportunities are made available to the members for promoting their research, receiving
    national and international recognition, meeting and interacting with leaders in their
    field, and meeting Psi Chi members of other chapters who also will be future leaders.
  • TheUnited States government  recognizes membership in Psi Chi as meeting one of the requirements for entrance
    at the GS-7 level in the Federal service.

Climaxing the benefits mentioned above is knowing that many individuals, by their
caring, dedication, perseverance, and hard work, have made it possible to encourage
young persons interested in psychology to strive for excellence–to reach toward that
attainable star.


The ultimate test of the value of any membership organization lies in the accomplishments
of its members. In each year of Psi Chi’s history, more and more members have undertaken
graduate studies. Psi Chi is well represented in the professional ranks of all the
behavioral sciences. The membership directories of the American Psychological Association
(APA)and the American Psychological Society (APS) are studded with the names of Psi
Chi members, both active and alumni. This is only one example demonstrating that the
Society’s purposes are being fulfilled.


Advantages to Becoming a Member of Psi Chi:

1. Psi Chi provides international recognition for academic excellence in psychology, an honor which can be noted on employment
applications, vitae, and resumes.

2. Through membership in Psi Chi, students gain a sense of community with others in psychology and an identification with the discipline.

3. Psi Chi provides a local, regional, national, and an international forum for obtaining information and developing perspectives about the field of psychology,
learning about educational and career opportunities, and forming meaningful professional

4. On the local level, chapter membership facilitates leadership development, interaction with other students who have similar interests, and service to the department
and institution sponsoring Psi Chi.

5. Members receive a membership card, certificate, and lapel pin,and, through chapter mailings, copies of Eye on Psi Chi. (Following graduation, members may subscribe to Eye on Psi Chi.)

6. Psi Chi chapter activities provide students with valuable opportunities to develop one-on-one relationships with professors who can stimulate their interest
in psychology, involve them in research projects, and write meaningful letters of
recommendation for them.

7. Psi Chi encourages student research at the regional and national as well as local levels through undergraduate and graduate
research award competitions and provides opportunities for students to present research
and receive certificates recognizing their accomplishments at regional and national
psyc_newhological association meetings.

8. Psi Chi provides over $225,000 annually in awards and grants to its student members, faculty advisors, and chapters.

9. Psi Chi sponsors outstanding programs at regional and national psyc_newhological association meetings. Members benefit
not only from the programs, but also from the opportunity to meet leading psychologists
and students from other chapters.

10. Membership in Psi Chi meets one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in numerous professional and technical occupations in the United States government.

11. Membership is for life. The international registration fee of $55 is the only payment ever made to the national
organization, which does not charge annual dues.


If you would like to join Psi Chi, please go to the following link: to complete the online registration form.