Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in psychology, is the largest psychological association in the world. The society was started in 1929 by Frederick "Bud" Lewis and Edwin "Eddie" Newman. Since its beginning, Psi Chi has set out to maintain excellence and support research in the field of psychology, at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Many prominent psychologists have been members of Psi Chi, including: B. F. Skinner, Albert Bandura, Carl Rogers, and Phillip Zimbardo. Wittenberg University holds a special place in Psi Chi's illustrious history. Wittenberg started one of the first chapters of Psi Chi, and was the very first small liberal arts college to do so.
Psi Chi sponsors conferences, paper readings, and presents graduate, undergraduate, and faculty awards. Each year, to support the field of psychology, the society awards scholarships to members. Anyone who is a member may apply for one of these scholarships. Psi Chi also publishes a magazine, and holds a conference each year. Numerous Wittenberg Students have attended these Psi Chi conferences.
Each Spring and Autumn new members are inducted, Membership Application, applications can also be picked up in the psychology office. Membership to Psi Chi is selective. There is a required fee, and at Wittenberg to become a member of Psi Chi the following criteria must be met:
- The student must have completed at least 20 credit hours in Psychology courses.
- The student must have a GPA of 3.5 in Psychology courses. GPA calculator
- The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3.
- Graduating seniors who do not meet one of these GPA requirements may be considered for membership if they submit a brief essay describing their contributions to the field of Psychology, as research or work experience.
Further information can be found at psichi.org