We can only send registration materials, such as
certificates and membership cards, to faculty advisors at the chapter address.
If you cannot attend your induction ceremony, please make arrangements with
your faculty advisor.
Because Psi Chi is an honor society, admission is based on
scholastic achievement; therefore, in most instances, the answer is no. If you
are a faculty member teaching psychology and you hold doctoral degree at a
university with a Psi Chi chapter, yes, you can join.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Eye on Psi Chipublishes 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 Researchpublishes empirical research done by undergraduates,
graduate students, and faculty members.
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.
The electronic issue of the Journalis 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.