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Chapter Spotlight: William Woods University

I began teaching at William Woods University in the fall of 2011. At that time the psychology department was going through numerous changes that were driven by student interests. The students expressed interest in bringing Psi Chi to campus, but when I investigated the logistics of doing so I realized that we were not eligible because we did not require a research methods course for our students. Because having Psi Chi was so important to our students the psychology faculty made sure to include a required research methods course as part of our curriculum. I then began working with our Registrar and University Research office to determine which students were eligible to join and contacted those students to make sure they were interested. In the fall of 2012, our curriculum changes went into effect and we began the process of applying to start a chapter. We were then accepted by Psi Chi in the spring of 2013.

The most difficult part of starting a chapter was determining whether we had enough eligible students. Because we first contacted students in the spring of 2012 and did not start our chapter until the spring of 2013,we had to continually reassess which students had already graduated and the GPAs and courses completed of current students. Our first induction ceremony included 11 current students and 1 alumnae.

It was very important to our students to have Psi Chi on campus because many of our students are interested in going to graduate school. Because William Woods University is such a small school, it is often unknown to the schools where our students are applying. As a result our students need to make sure their applications truly stand out from the rest. Psi Chi is an expected line on all psychology resumes, and our students felt like not being able to include that truly hurt their chances of being accepted.

In the coming year our chapter in looking forward to completing service projects as well as hosting education events on psychological topics for the campus community.


Submitted by
Caroline E. Boyer Ferhat, PhD
Assistant Professor of 
William Woods University (MO)
























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