Psi Chi: Building a Forever Home in Psychology

houseby Olivia Thornburg, '18

General Information of Psi Chi:  Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology. Since its founding in 1929, Psi Chi’s mission has been to encourage excellence in scholarship and advance the scientific field of psychology. Members receive several benefits, including grants, scholarships, stipends, opportunities for publication and research, and graduate resources. Psi Chi is an invaluable resource that seeks to further advance those striving for a successful professional career in the field of psychology. Requirements for membership include 1) enrollment as a Psychology major or minor, 2) 3 semesters of full-time coursework, 3) 3 Psychology courses, 4) a cumulative GPA in the top 35% of classmates, and 5) a minimum of 3.0 GPA average in Psychology courses. So, I invite you to not only read the following blog post, but to view it as a gateway into Psi Chi and all of the resources the society has to offer you in the pursuit of your career in psychology.

Your Foundation: Research

foundationResearch is where it all begins in psychology. Working on research is a great opportunity to explore your interests and curiosity in psychology as well as further develop your writing, speaking, and problem solving skills. Psi Chi exists to help you pursue your interests in psychology, so chat with a faculty member about your research goals and get started!

Your Framework: Grants, Scholarships, Stipends

frameworkSometimes, research requires funding. If so, Psi Chi offers over $400,000 in awards, grants, stipends, and scholarships every year. Examples of potential funding include research grants, travel grants, and undergraduate scholarships. Also, because programs are only open to members, there is a smaller pool of competitors, so what are you waiting for? Apply now! To learn more, click here.

Your Stuff: Publicationsstuff with words

When your research is completed, make a poster and present it at a conference. Show the world what you’ve accomplished! Psi Chi has wonderful opportunities to submit and potentially publish scholarly work for the Psi Chi Journal and various conferences (e.g. NEPA) and feature articles for the Psi Chi Magazine.

Your Blueprints for the Next Project: Graduate Resources

Once you have completed your research blueprintsand published your work, you have the “blueprints” necessary to further pursue a psychological career. For some, that pathway might involve graduate school for advanced training in psychology. As you go through the process, remember that Psi Chi is here to assist you, from helping you organize your personal statement to preparing you to ace your graduate school interview. To learn more, click here or contact the Faculty Advisors for Psi Chi at Saint Anselm College, Professor Ossoff and Professor Finn.