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Eye on Psi Chi: Fall 2006

Annual Report of the Executive Officer (2005-06)
Paula Miller, Psi Chi Executive Officer/Chief Operations Officer

Under the exemplary leadership of Psi Chi National President Robert A. Youth and the entire National Council, Psi Chi continues to meet its purpose of encouraging and stimulating excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Adding 20 new chapters and 23,315 new members for the 2005-06 year, Psi Chi continues its leadership as the largest student psychological organization in the world. As of June 30, 2006, Psi Chi had a total of 1,063 chapters, with a total of 513,950 members having been inducted since its founding on September 4, 1929.
During the monumental 2005-06 year under the presidency of Robert A. Youth, Psi Chi inducted over 22,000 new members for the fourth year in a row and Psi Chi once again surpassed the $1 million mark for its annual income, posting a total of $1,108,095 in income before gains on investments.
Psi Chi continues to serve its members by providing vehicles, "to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in the scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology and to advance the science of psychology." Through its publications, Eye on Psi Chi and the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, Psi Chi is able to inform members about the society and the field of psychology, as well as provide avenues through which student members may publish their research. Psi Chi's two national conventions and seven regional conventions provide opportunities for students to present their research in poster and paper sessions. Psi Chi programs at these conventions further inform members about advances in the field, as well as provide updated information on graduate school admissions and careers in psychology. Psi Chi's varied programs of national service projects provide members and chapters with opportunities to hone their volunteer skills and to give service to their schools, their communities, and others.
During President Robert A. Youth's term, details of the first ever Psi Chi National Leadership Conference (scheduled for January 5-7, 2007 in Atlanta, GA) were developed. Psi Chi members received beautiful new four-color membership cards, and the Psi Chi Digest was redesigned with informational "Factoids" for chapters as an added feature. Psi Chi Executive Committee Bylaws were developed, and Psi Chi bestowed Distinguished Member status to Guillermo Bernal, John Cacioppo, Robert Cialdini, Daniel Schacter, and Michael Wertheimer.
Other new initiatives included submissions of several proposals for amending the Psi Chi Constitution. The new amendments approved by chapters included adding the option of mail and/or electronic ballots for voting by chapters, the inclusion of a new Executive Director position as part of the Psi Chi National Council, and modifying the procedure for amending the Constitution to include preapproval by the National Council with a 2/3 vote before being published in the Eye on Psi Chi and voted on by the chapters.
Psi Chi once again partnered with APA to offer free publication manuals for all Psi Chi members who joined this year as a student affiliate and with APS for discounted membership fees to students. Psi Chi was also granted CIRP Liaison status with the APA. Psi Chi's first CIRP Liaison is incoming Psi Chi President Dr. John Davis.
Psi Chi's extensive award and grant program continues to expand each year, and the Psi Chi National Council continues to find ways to improve exciting awards/grants and create new ones. Under the leadership of President Robert A. Youth, Psi Chi awarded the first Psi Chi/APA Science Directorate Internship Grant and the first two recipients of the Psi Chi/FBI NCAVC Internship Grants. The Psi Chi NSF/REU Grants were increased from $5,000 to each recipient to $6,400 per recipient. A special awards section was also created in the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research for recipients of the Psi Chi Erlbaum, Guilford, Allyn & Bacon, and SuperLab Research Awards to have their research published. Additionally, an APA Divisional Partnership Grants Proposal is in the process of being developed.
Also during President Robert A. Youth's year, the Psi Chi National Council continued to encourage chapters and members to participate in APA's Exploring Behavior Week, Brain Awareness Week, ACHS's initiative "A Matter of Ethics," TOPPS Minority Recruiting Project, Psi Chi's Food Drive, and fundraisers for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Psi Chi also conducted a two-hour Teaching Workshop at the APS in New York City this year.
Additional new initiatives for the year included participating in a joint project with the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) for the National Endowment for the Humanities; adding a new column in Eye on Psi Chi, "Psi Chi in the News"; producing a publication agreement for authors contributing to Eye on Psi Chi; sending letters of congratulations to newly inaugurated university presidents; revising several aspects of the Charter and International Affiliate Charter Applications; and creating meetings at each of the Regional Association Conventions for possible future collaborations.
The future looks bright for the continued success of Psi Chi. The National Council continues to initiate new programs and awards to give back to Psi Chi members those benefits they so richly deserve as inductees into one of the largest and most prestigious honor societies in the world.

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Copyright 2006 (Volume 11, Issue 1) by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology



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