Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, was founded in 1929 with the purpose of encouraging academic excellence and advancement of psychology (www.psichi.org). Students interested in participating in Psi Chi must complete an application and meet certain academic requirements:
- be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program or a program psychological in nature
- have completed at least 3 semesters or equivalent of full-time college coursework
- have completed at least 9 semester credit hours or equivalent of psychology courses
- have earned a cumulative GPA that is in the top 35% of their class (sophomore, junior, or senior) compared to their classmates across the entire university or the college that houses psychology (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale)
- have a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology courses
Through the international Psi Chi organization, students have access to over $400,000 in annual grants, awards and scholarships. Psi Chi also actively helps members identify and obtain psychology-related careers, gain invaluable one-on-one mentor relationships with professionals in all areas of psychology, and prepare students for graduate school and research participation.
Iowa State’s Psi Chi chapter holds graduate school informational talks each semester to help students learn more about and apply to their programs of interest. We also offer volunteer opportunities throughout the year to get students involved in the Iowa State and the surrounding communities.
If you’re eager to meet other psychology students and faculty in the department, then you’ll definitely want to check out Psych Club. As a psychology major or minor, you are automatically a member of the Psych Club, but you must “activate” your membership by attending a meeting. Psych Club helps you connect with other students and faculty, and you’ll also have a chance to dive deep into psychology and learn what career path best suits you.
Psych Club meeting topics vary and include both social events and more formal sessions with speakers in psych-related fields. Meeting dates and times are announced in the Psych Undergrad Weekly Bulletin and on the Psych Club bulletin board near the Advising Office (1460 Lagomarcino).