How do I invite prospective members to join our Psi Chi chapter?
- Prospective members can now apply directly online by selecting Apply for Membership on the Psi Chi homepage. Under Chapter Materials, go to Invitation to Membership, download the Word template, customize for your chapter, and email or handout at your next recruitment event.
In the past, I entered my members online. Has the process changed?
- Yes. The new website has a direct and efficient application process that allows prospective members to enter their own information online and submit electronically for your review and approval.
How do I view prospective member applications?
- You can view these applications by logging in with your chapter administrator username and password. Login to the website with your chapter administrator username and password and go to Process Members under the New Members section at the top of the page. You will see a table displaying applicants' names and their status (pending). To see a student's application, click on the name. For full instructions for processing new members, download the PDF to the right of Process Members—New Member Process Instructions
How do I submit new
A single payment representing the fees for all new members will need to be submitted to the Psi Chi Central Office. You can pay by credit card or check. Login to the website with your chapter administrator username and password and go to Process Members under the New Members section at the top of the page. For full instructions on approving and submitting payment for members, download the New Member Process Instructions.
Once I pay for new members, when will I receive their cards and certificates?
Please allow at least two weeks between payment and receipt of cards and certificates.
Where can I find the
paperwork/forms our chapter needs?
Forms can now be found in the Chapter Administration
section of our site.
We are switching faculty
advisors. What do we need to do?
- Log in to your chapter profile.
- Click "Admin” in the top menu.
- Click "Chapter” in the drop down menu. Choose "Add Primary or Coadvisor” under "Chapter Updates.”
- Complete the form and click "submit.”
Where can I find out
about Psi Chi ceremonies and rituals?
This information is available under the chapter adminstration login in the Chapter Materials section.
Awards & Grants Questions
Jennifer Baldwin is
the Director of Awards and Grants at Psi Chi.
What is the
difference between an award and a grant?
An award is given to recognize research and
accomplishments that were completed in the past.
Award funding is less restrictive on
grant provides funding to complete research in the future. It is more
restrictive in how the money can be spent and requires submission of reports following the research period.
What is Scholar Select?
Scholar Select is the online application submission portal.
When you apply for an award or a grant, or you apply to become a reviewer,
sponsor, or student supervisor, you submit your application through Scholar
Select. The Central Office uses Scholar Select to manage and organize
How competitive are
The vast majority of Psi Chi awards and grants are offered to Psi Chi members only, allowing for a
much smaller applicant pool. However, the applicants are fellow Psi Chi members
who have strong academic records.
Psi Chi programs are numerous and well funded.
What are the
differences between undergraduate, graduate, faculty member categories?
Undergraduate student: Psi Chi members are
eligible for grants if they will be currently enrolled as an undergraduate
student during the time period intended to carry out the research.
Graduate student: Psi Chi members are eligible
for grants if they are currently enrolled in a graduate program, either
Master’s or PhD, and will be enrolled during the time period intended to carry
out the research.
Faculty: Psi Chi members are eligible for grants
if they are currently employed by an institution of higher education of other
institution that has an IRB (Institutional Review Board) for reviewing research
with human subjects. This includes full time tenured and tenure track faculty,
part time faculty, adjunct faculty, and those in post–doc positions.
What are the biggest
mistakes most applicants make?
Note following the
instructions. Each award or grant has a cover sheet detailing what should
be submitted. There are four things that are often overlooked:
- Length requirements. If the
instructions state six pages, then only submit six pages.
- APA style. Ask many people to proof your submission and, a final
review by your research sponsor or advisor is always advised.
- Masking. Remove all identifying indicators including your name,
your advisor’s name, the institution’s name, the geographic area, and be sure
to check forms, fliers, and other appendices. Masking is required to prevent
bias when the Research Grants Committee reviews the proposal.
- Timeliness. All components, including letters of recommendation,
must be submitted by the deadline.
What should I do with
grant money that was not used in my research project?
Psi Chi manages all of its grants similarly to awards. If funds are paid to an individual, that individual may keep any unused portion as other income, or they may donate it. We ask that donations be made to psychology labs.
If grant funds are issued to a school, Psi Chi will not accept returned unused funds unless the school is a non-profit university.
What timeline do you
recommend for preparing an application?
Grants and awards have different timelines.
awards, the majority of the work has already been completed; and a 30-day timeline is recommended.
the draft of your essay 25 to 30 days before the deadline.
your research sponsor proof the cleanest version of the draft.
provide a copy of the cover sheet for the program to those assisting in
proofing to ensure you are following all the instructions.
Grants need a longer timeline; a minimum of 45 to 60 days to prepare
your application is recommended.
your Institutional Review Board (IRB) application submitted as soon as possible.
letters of recommendation well in
days before the grant submission is due, make sure you have a final draft of
all components to the application.
your research advisor to proof the materials and to check them against the
cover sheet to ensure all the instructions are being followed. Instead
of waiting until the last day, submit your application online a week before the deadline, so that you
have time to handle unforeseen issues.
Why is applying for an award or grant
Completing the process of applying prepares you:
- to demonstrate the ability to communicate results
to graduate school reviewers.
- to show potential employers that you can develop
and implement ideas within the
restrictions of budgets and institutional guidelines.
- to highlight your achievement in cover letters
and personal essays.
Linda Williams is the
Psi Chi Merchandise Manager. She processes
and ships all of the orders for merchandise received through the Central Office
How long will it take
for my order to arrive?
- Orders are normally processed in 3 business days or less, when orders
are received during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.
- It generally takes up to 15 business days for orders to arrive.
- You can purchase expedited delivery if you need
your items in fewer than 15 business days.
- You can check the UPS site and use the Psi Chi
Central Office ZIP code (37403) to see your estimated delivery time.
- UPS provides a tracking number that will allow
you to track your package on their website from the time they pick it up at the
Central Office, until it is delivered to you.
Can you deliver to a
Sorry, we cannot ship to a PO Box, only to a street address.
How much will it cost
to ship my items?
At checkout, you will have options for shipping your
merchandise. The cost will be based on the weight of the items in your cart and
on the delivery destination.
If I pay for
expedited delivery will I receive my order on the weekend or on a holiday?
- Psi Chi does not offer weekend delivery.
- All shipments should be calculated by business
- Please account for holidays when you are
calculating when your order should arrive.
Does Psi Chi offer
discounts for large orders of graduation regalia or other merchandise?
Sorry we do not offer bulk discounts on any items, including
Can I change or add
to my order once I have placed it?
Due to software limitations, orders cannot be changed. You can, however, place a
second order if you want to add items.
If I refuse my UPS
package will I get a full refund from Psi Chi for my order?
- You will only be refunded the purchase price of
- You will not be refunded the cost of shipping.
I called to ask a
question at 4 pm and no one answered. When is the best time to call about my order?
The Central Office is located in the Eastern time zone.
Members outside the Eastern time zone will need to account for the time differences. Please call the next day between 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. EST, and we will be happy to assist you.
I’m graduating soon.
What is the latest date I can order?
Please be sure to order 15
days in advance.
Will my chapter
provide my graduation regalia?
Talk to your faculty advisor. Some chapters do provide
regalia and others do not.
Susan Iles is the
Director of Communications at Psi Chi and oversees publications, social media, and logo and reprint permissions.
How do I submit our
Chapter Activities to Eye on Psi Chi?
We love to get activity reports from chapters! We have
simplified the process so that it is as quick and painless as possibly. The submission
form is online and requires a chapter login. The deadlines are
- June 15 (Fall issue)
- October 15 (Winter issue)
- December 15 (Spring issue)
- February 15 (Summer issue)
Is my article more
suitable for Eye on Psi Chi, or for
the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological
Eye on Psi Chi publishes feature articles about
various branches of psychology, graduate school, building strong chapters, as
well as chapter activities, spotlights on awards and grants winners, and much
more Psi Chi-specific content.
The Psi Chi Journal of
Psychological Research publishes empirical research done by undergraduates,
graduate students, and faculty members.
What is a "masked
A masked submission
is a manuscript from which all information that could be used to identify the
author has been removed, including
- names of the author(s) and faculty advisor
- the institution’s name
How do I subscribe to
the Digest, or Eye on Psi Chi, or Psi Chi Journal of Psychological
You can manage your subscriptions by logging into your
How long can I submit
a paper to the Psi Chi Journal of
Psychological Research after it is written?
You can submit your work at any time. However, if it is a
paper you wrote as an undergraduate and you are now a graduate student, it will
be reviewed relative to work by other graduate students.
Can I submit my work
to the Psi Chi Journal and several other scholarly publications?
The vast majority of professional journals prohibit
duplicate publication. Standard practice includes authors signing an agreement
stating they will not publish elsewhere when a manuscript is accepted.
When research appears in more than one place, results may be
misconstrued or distorted. For example, if one paper is published in several
journals, the results may appear to be more replicable than they actually are.
If your work is rejected by one publication, you can submit
it to another, but only one at a time.
literature reviews accepted into the Journal?
We only accept empirical articles, so the author(s) must
present some original data. We do not accept reviews for the Journal.
I am looking for more
information on how to submit a paper to the Psi Chi Journal. I have read the
guidelines, but would like to know the deadline date for submission, page
lengths if any, and any other necessary information.
- There are no set rules for length. A good rule
of thumb is that a publishable manuscript in psychology is typically around 25
pages and includes:
introduction of 6-7 pages
discussion section of about four pages
Methods and Results section varies according to the methods used, the
complexity of analyses, etc.
- Refer to the journal article "Reporting
Standards” in American Psychologist
and the APA Style Manual.
- Authors almost always write longer manuscripts
than they need, especially student authors who are submitting manuscripts based
- A manuscript from a thesis should be a much shorter
version of the work.
- Seek to balance thoroughness and conciseness.
How can I obtain a
copy of my paper in its published form?
The electronic issue of the Journal is available free to members on the website shortly after
the publication of the paper version of the Journal.
Since Psi Chi membership is for life, you have indefinite access to the Journal.
Are papers published
in the Psi Chi Journal broadly available for citation by the scientific
community? Will publications be available to literature searches?
Upon publication of each issue, Psi Chi Journal articles are uploaded to EBSCO, a subscription
provider for more than 300,000 journals serving more than 50,000 libraries
worldwide. Our Journal is included in
the academic library product called Academic Search Complete. This product is
available in library locations at colleges and universities throughout the
world. Anyone affiliated with an institution that has made an arrangement to
have the database would be able to use this for doing research. More details
about the database are available at http://www.ebscohost.com/academic/academic-search-complete.
Board of Directors/Elections Questions
The Board of
Directors of Psi Chi is made up mostly of members who are elected. The Central
Office occasionally receives questions about the election cycles, the length of
members’ terms, and other inquiries related to governance of the organization.
What are the offices
that make up the Board?
Each year, Psi Chi members elect a
president. That person serves one year as President-Elect, one as President,
and one as Past-President.
- Eastern Regional Vice-President
- Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President
- Western Regional Vice-President
In odd numbered years, Psi Chi members of the Eastern, Rocky Mountain, and Western Regions elect new regional VPs.
- Southwestern Regional Vice-President
- Southeastern Regional Vice-President
- Midwestern Regional Vice-President
In even numbered years, members elect regional VPs in the Southwestern, Southeastern, and Midwestern Regions.
The Executive Director is hired by the
Board to promote Psi Chi, make connections with new universities and
professional organizations, and to act as an ambassador for the organization
around the globe.
The COO handles the day-to-day business of
the Central Office.
How can my chapter submit a nomination?
All chapters are encouraged to submit nominations for President-Elect annually, and to submit nominations for Regional Vice-Presidents during the years that elections are being held.
To submit a nomination, a chapter administrator should
- login at psichi.org, using the administrative username and password
- choose "Chapter” from the drop down menu under "Admin” at the top of the screen
- scroll to the "Nominations” section
- follow the prompts, filling in all required fields
When can my chapter submit nominations?
Nominations open November 1 and are accepted until December 1 of each year.
Who is qualified to be nominated?
To be a candidate for President-Elect, a nominee must have served as a Board member for at least 2 years within the last 10 years. Generally speaking, excellent faculty advisors make outstanding Regional Vice-Presidents. Candidates must be agree to serve before nominated.
Who votes in Psi Chi elections?
Each chapter gets one vote. Chapters are encouraged to hold meetings and review the position statements of the candidate when they are posted on the website.
How are ballots cast?
Ballots are submitted electronically. To access your chapter’s ballot, you must login as a chapter administrator. Then click "Admin” from the menu at the top of the page. Choose "Chapter” from the drop down menu that appears. Information about voting is at the bottom of the page.