THE INTERNATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY IN PSYCHOLOGY
East Carolina University
What is Psi Chi?
Psi Chi was founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Psi Chi is one of the largest honor societies in the United States with more than 890 chapters. Our chapter programs are designed to help our members become aware of opportunities in the field of psychology and to interact with other members, faculty, and other psychologists. These programs also make active efforts to nourish and stimulate professional growth and to provide practical experience in the field. The National office is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee and consists of a council of psychologists who are Psi Chi members. Undergraduate and Graduate men and women who meet the requirements are welcome to join. Psi Chi is a member of The Association of College Honor Societies (APA), and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APS).
What is the Psychology Club?
Whereas Psi Chi is a national honor society, the Psychology Club is a less formal organization that is based here at ECU. With the exception of the graduation and induction ceremonies, ECU?s chapter of Psi Chi and the Psychology Club perform all activities and hold all meetings together. This club is open to anyone who wants to learn more about professional psychology and get more involved with other students and faculty members in the Psychology Department. Unlike Psi Chi, there are no membership requirements so anyone is welcome to join the Psychology Club and attend the joint meetings that typically occur every other week.
There are unique advantages to joining Psi Chi. Membership is valuable to you as a student for many reasons: In addition to meeting other academically talented students with similar interests, you will have contact with professional psychologists whom you may get to know on a personal level. Through Psi Chi, members gain a sense of community with others in psychology and an identification with the discipline. Members may develop one-on-one relationships with professors who can involve them in research projects, and write meaningful letters of recommendation for them. Becoming involved in Psi Chi is great experience and looks excellent on a resume; it is difficult to gain leadership and creative experience that many professional occupations and graduate schools look for.
Psi Chi at ECU
Psi Chi began at ECU in 1966 under the leadership of Dr. William Grossnickle. Throughout the years Psi Chi has endeavored to serve the Department and all students in psychology. Most notably, the Psi Chi Library (Rawl 302) continues to provide a quiet place to study, handy reference books, and an alternative "conference room" for student research projects and commitee work. Because of the hard work of Psi Chi members in the past, we also have an endowed scholarship for an undergraduate student each year. Dissatisfied by the impersonal nature of the University graduation ceremony, ECU Psi Chi members began coordinating a departmental graduation ceremony. The ceremony is well attended, anxiously anticipated by graduates and their families, and includes a nice reception afterward. We have also sponsored a Faculty-Student Pot Luck Luncheons in past semesters to encourage student-faculty interaction outside of the classroom.
While departmental service projects are important, the emphasis of programming is on students. Psi Chi helps psychology students better understand the field of psychology, the career options available in psychology, and ways to become more involved in your education at ECU. We have speakers each semester who discuss getting into graduate school, research opportunities at ECU, and careers in psychology. There is always a speaker who is currently working in the field and will share with us what their job is like and how they got there.
Psi Chi also offers students the opportunity for leadership. Each year we elect officers to lead the chapter for the following year. We also have a number of committees that operate to implement the projects of the organization. We invite everyone to learn organizational skills, influence skills, and to improve your public speaking skills by becoming an officer or committee chair for Psi Chi.
How to Become a Member of Psi Chi at ECU
We initiate new members each Fall and Spring semester. Notices are placed around Rawl at the beginning of each semester announcing new member orientation meetings. Meetings are usually every other Thursday at 5:00 pm. If you are interested, check the Psi Chi Display Case across from the Psychology Department Office (Rawl 104) for a meeting and event schedule. Any student may come to a Psi Chi meeting or activity to "check us out." We look forward to seeing you!
Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate students who are majoring or minoring in Psychology and meet the minimum qualifications:
· Complete of at least 3 semesters of college coursework
· Complete of at least 3 psychology classes (9 credit hours)
· Must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0
· Have at least a 3.0 GPA in psychology courses
· An average grade of "B" or better in all graduate courses including Psychology.
Psi Chi Officers
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Baker
Fall 2013 Meeting and Event Schedule
You don't need to be a member to attend our meetings!
All meetings will be held at 6:00 PM in Rawl 105 unless otherwise noted
Opening Meeting (Mixer & Info Session)
Thursday, September 19th
Graduate School Application advice and
GRE Preparation tips with Dr. Baker
Thursday, September 26th
Class Recommendations: Advice from Upperclassmen
Discuss which classes/professors you enjoyed and get advice for success in these classes
Thursday, October 10th
Research Recruitment: Psychology faculty describe their
research and the research assistantship application process is described
Thursday, October 24th
How to choose and pursue a career in Psychology
(Guest Speaker from ECU?s Career Center)
Monday, October 28th 11 AM ? 1 PM (Location TBA)
Share a meal and a conversation
with Psychology Department Faculty Members
Thursday, November 7th
Guest Speaker (Details TBA)
Thursday, November 21st
New Member Induction Ceremony & Social
Friday, December 13thth at 5 PM
Psychology Department Graduate Recognition Ceremony
Summer 2014 Research/Study Opportunities