Psi Chi is an organization dedicated to the advancement of the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate psychology students who meet eligibility criteria.
The Georgetown Chapter of Psi Chi
, sponsored by Professors Janet Mann and Rachel Barr, is focused on engaging students with the faculty, with research, with other students, and with their community. Each year Psi Chi sponsors several events (for example, in the spring of 2012, Psi Chi sponsored a prestigious panel on autism research); you may learn more about past events here
. Students also have book drives, movie nights, trips, speakers, and other events. Many of the students in Psi Chi also pursue Honors and develop an Honors Thesis with a Psychology faculty member. There are a variety of fellowships and awards available to Psi Chi members that support their research and attendance at conferences. Not all Psi Chi members continue to pursue Psychology in graduate school, but all look upon the experience as formative in their undergraduate career.
Students and faculty are elected to membership by the chapter at the institution, according to the provisions in the national Psi Chi Constitution. Any chapter, at its discretion, may establish higher academic standards for eligibility, but may not require service standards for eligibility. Membership in Psi Chi is open to qualified candidates of any age, sex, sexual orientation, race, handicap or disability, color, religion, and national and ethnic origin. You may see a list of past and current members and officers here
- Completion of 3 semesters or 5 quarters of the college course
- Completion of 9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours of psychology courses
- Ranking in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in both Psychology classes and in cumulative grades
Applying to Psi Chi
Applications to become a member of Psi Chi are accepted in May of each year, and induction is held the following September. To apply, you must complete the Psi Chi Application, which you may access here, and submit the completed application to Professor Rachel Barr's mailbox in 306 White-Gravenor. If accepted to Psi Chi, there are a $35 local chapter fee, which funds Psi Chi-sponsored events, and a $45 national chapter fee.