How are you celebrating Psi Chi’s 90th Anniversary year and the start of a whole new decade? Today, I wanted to share 10 noteworthy benefits and programs released during the past 10 years. As you’ll see below, I listed the items by date, starting with the most recent.
1. New Webinar Series Begins
In spring 2019, Psi Chi began recording and releasing live webinar training videos. The purpose of these videos is to support students, faculty, and alumni in various relevant areas such as conducting research, diversity, careers, and graduate school. The webinars are followed by useful Q&A sessions with the presentation speakers. For a full list of available recordings, visit https://www.psichi.org/learningresources.
2. NICE Connect and Crowd Research Projects Start Accepting Contributors
Psi Chi’s Network for International Collaborative Exchange (NICE) launched in winter 2018 in order to create new cross-cultural research opportunities for members and nonmembers. One component of the program (NICE: Connect) shares a list of research projects currently seeking collaborators. The other component (NICE: Crowd) is an organized program for researchers around the world to join together in order to investigate a specified research question. Each year, a particular Crowd project will be selected by the NICE Committee, and then participating researchers will be guided through the process of IRB approval and collecting data at their local institutions. NICE: Crowd is hosted on the Open Science Framework website. For those interested, publication opportunities using the full dataset will follow. Visit https://www.psichi.org/Res_Opps.
3. First Psi Chi Blog Articles Released
Members were first invited to submit and subscribe to Psi-Chi-ology Lab in February 2017. Since then, more than seventy 500- to 1,000-word articles have been published, just like the one you're reading now! Topics range from popular areas of psychology to personal stories and chapter advice. Cue that mad science music! When you think Psi-Chi-ology Lab, think FUN! Visit https://www.psichi.org/blogpost/987366/.
4. Career Center Launched
Launched in summer 2016, Psi Chi’s Career Center is completely free to all job seekers. At all times, this unique platform regularly features more than 1,000 active psychology-related job openings across the United States and in other countries. In the 2018–19 year alone, specific jobs were viewed more than 700,000 times and clicked on more than 50,000 times. Members are encouraged to set up a free job alert so that they will be notified about any relevant jobs in the geographic areas of their choosing. Members and nonmembers are invited to post jobs for a fee. Visit https://jobs.psichi.org/.
5. First Scholarships Awarded
In addition to $400,000 in annual awards and grants, Psi Chi proudly provided its first four undergraduate scholarships in summer 2015. Due to high demand for this program, graduate-level scholarships were added only two years later. Further, the program has repeatedly expanded to a total of eight $3,000 scholarships for undergraduates and eight $3,000 graduate scholarships awarded in 2018. Our goal is to be able to provide 100 scholarships by Psi Chi’s 100th anniversary in 2029! Visit https://www.psichi.org/awards.
6. Membership Assistance Fund Approved
In fall 2014, Psi Chi’s Board of Directors approved the new Membership Assistance Fund program, which grants up to 100 lifetime membership fee waivers to students who show financial need. Starting in that year, advisors were invited to submit one or two students’ names per chapter (while funds last each year) in order to waive those students’ membership fees. As awareness of this program rapidly grew, the program awarded 37 free memberships in 2015, 46 in 2016, 84 in 2017, and then all 100 in both 2018 and 2019. To learn more, visit https://www.psichi.org/blogpost/987366/290810/.
7. Post a Study Tool Made Available
In summer 2014, Psi Chi introduced a special tool where members can post a link to any studies that are currently seeking online participants. Psi Chi regularly promotes this unique opportunity and encourages other members to participate in the listed studies as a way to help advance the science of psychology. This tool, and additional resources to conduct research, can be found at https://www.psichi.org/ConductingResearch.
8. Psi Chi Journal Becomes Open Source
Since 2013, Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research has undergone a number of significant changes including opening submissions to all members (not just undergraduate students) and awarding Open Science badges in order to promote transparent, replicable research practices. To increase dissemination of our members’ research, all articles are now available online for free, indexed in the popular EBSCO and PsycINFO databases, and receive a hyperlinked, permanent DOI number. Visit https://www.psichi.org/journal_main.
9. Psi Chi Joins the Social Media Network
In 2011, Psi Chi joined the social network. Join us and our 23,000+ followers on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PsiChiCentralOffice). We also have 5,000+ followers on Twitter (https://twitter.com/PsiChiHonor) and 10,000+ people in our members-only LinkedIn group (http://linkd.in/HSiVA3). More recently, the Central Office began posting on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/psichihonor/) in October 2017. Social media has proven to be an effective way to keep members regularly connected with our Professional Organization and to give them an opportunity to voice their thoughts.
10. Eye on Psi Chi Magazine Goes Digital
Psi Chi’s magazine publishes a broad range of career, graduate school, chapter growth, diversity, and other articles relevant to you. In fall 2010, the Central Office began sending out table-of-contents email notifications to all members when new issues were released. To make articles more accessible to people across the field of psychology—not just Psi Chi members—issues are now freely available in web, PDF, and digital formats. Copies of a special 16-page print edition are also mailed to Psi Chi chapters each spring. Visit https://www.psichi.org/eye_main.
Of course, many programs and benefits aren’t included in this short article. The ones chosen above were simply the first 10 that came to my mind; I am sure that you could probably name plenty others that are similarly near and dear to you! To learn more about other Psi Chi membership benefits, visit https://www.psichi.org/member_benefits.
Last but not least, all of us at the Psi Chi Central Office are excited to continue maintaining Psi Chi’s many benefits that help to make our society special. We also look forward to establishing entirely new benefits in order to better support our members! If you are interested in supporting current and future Psi Chi programs, please take a moment to make a donation at https://donate.psichi.org. Thank you very much for your support!