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Is Your Psi Chi Chapter in the News?

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2018

It is always exciting to see and share local news articles about Psi Chi chapters!

Has your chapter been in the news lately? Psi Chi’s mission is “recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology.” And of course, one great way to “recognize and promote” your members’ academic and philanthropic accomplishments is by sharing their activities in the local media.

Consider contacting local editors in your area to see if they are interested in sharing your Psi Chi stories. For example, local news channels, university publications, and department publications are all appropriate outlets to discuss Psi Chi and your chapter endeavors. You might also consider publishing Psi Chi news yourself through your own local Psi Chi chapter website, blog, and/or social media platforms (learn more).

Here are some specific topics that local news outlets might be interested in:

  • new members inducted,
  • chapter anniversary milestones,
  • upcoming and past chapter service events, and
  • honors received by your members.

Need ideas? Below, we’ve collected some recent articles from the spring semester published through local news channels, university publications, and chapter websites.

ASU Psychology Students and Faculty Attend RMPA 2018
May 17, 2018—Valley Courier

Iraqi Refugee Plans to Help Others With Disabilities Like Her Own
May 9, 2018—CU Denver Today

Psi Chi Lock Haven University Chapter Welcomes 10 Inductees
May 1, 2018—The Express

Victoria LeCroy Wins Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Award
May 1, 2018—Valdosta State University Newsroom

Psi Chi Hosts First Spelling Bee
April 19, 2018—Lindenlink

UNCG Psi Chi Chapter Turned 60 This Year
March 21, 2018—Humans Behaving Blog

Psi Chi Inducts New Members, Allows Students to Make Connections
March 14, 2018—Lindenlink

Why a Little Girl Wanted to Cut Off 12 Inches of Hair
February 7, 2018—Psi-Chi-ology Lab

Psi Chi Presents MATCHMAKER for Spring Research Opportunities
January 19, 2018—UIC Today

Psi Chi UCA Chapter Receives Model Chapter Award Ten Years Running
September 29, 2017—Bear Blog

Psi Chi members achieve so many important things around the world—and these efforts should not go unrecognized! We hope that this list is helpful and uplifting as you begin the process of “recognizing and promoting” your members’ good deeds and hard work.

Please also remember that officers and advisors are encouraged to submit summaries of their chapter’s accomplishments for publication in Eye on Psi Chi magazine. Our blog, Psi-Chi-ology Lab, accepts engaging personal stories and endeavors by local Psi Chi members’ too.

Has your chapter been in the news? Log in and share a link below!

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Tips for Maintaining a Chapter Website or Blog

Posted By Bradley Cannon, Psi Chi Writer/Journal Managing Editor, Monday, August 27, 2018
Updated: Friday, July 27, 2018

A strong communication strategy is vital to your chapter’s success. This spring, we discussed ideas for establishing chapter e-mails, social media, newsletters, bulletin boards, and flyers. However, one major form of communication was missing from that article: your Chapter Website or Blog!

Your website or blog is key to your chapter. It is the central hub for your communication platforms and a perfect means to pull together all of your various chapter’s needs and opportunities. Do you ever get questions from your members about how to join Psi Chi, who to contact about upcoming local events, or membership benefits? Answers to all of these questions would be useful information to have posted on your chapter website or blog.

1. How to Get Started

There are many ways to create a website. Your Psychology Department might be able to provide you with a section of your school’s official website that you can dedicate to Psi Chi. Or, you could create a simple and free blog-type website using platforms such as Blogger. That is A-Ok!

On the other hand, if you really want to go “all out,” you also have the option of building a state-of-the-art website using platforms such as Word Press, Wix, or Weebly. Just expect these to take a little more time, and be sure to write down any necessary procedures so that future officers can continue to access and update the website for years to come.

2. The All-Important JOIN Section

Your chapter website could be a single, simple page. Or it could have multiple pages, with a menu bar, social media apps, a rotating banner image, and so forth. Either way, first and foremost, you definitely want to share information on your website that provides members with basic instructions about joining and becoming involved in the organization. Be sure to make this page prominent on your homepage, and easy to find when visiting any other pages too.

Membership requirements do occasionally change from year to year. Therefore, we recommend that you simply link to the official Psi Chi webpage, instead of duplicating the entire requirements on your local chapter page. This ensure that your website always directs potential members to the latest information.

The same is true for Membership Benefits. New benefits arrive all the time (here are seven), so be sure to link to the official Psi Chi Membership Benefits webpage at

3. Upcoming Events

Let members and others in your community see what your chapter is up to. Share about upcoming meetings, community service projects, and opportunities to become an officer for your chapter. For all upcoming events, feature dates, times, rooms, and ways to request additional information. Also, you might ask your chapter secretary to submit the minutes for each meeting, so that you can highlight past events as well.

4. Contact Information

It is a good idea to list all current officers and their preferred contact information. Some chapter websites also include portraits and short biography statements for their officers. Here is an example of how Psi Chi’s Board of Directors and Central Office Staff are featured on the Psi Chi website. Perhaps you could do something similar on your chapter website.

5. Other Resources

To attract additional visitors to your website, consider compiling a list of helpful information about attending grad school, finding a career, and so forth. Psi Chi provides many resources on these topics: Careers in Psychology, Going to Graduate School, Conducting Research, Diversity Matters, Leadership, and Attending and Presenting at Conventions. You are encouraged to link to these resources on your chapter website.

You could also conduct short written or recorded interviews with local professors or students to publish on your website. Having a steady supply of fresh content on your website can go a long way toward showing others that your chapter has a healthy, active presence on your campus.

6. Integrating Social Media

You might be maintaining your chapter website, social media, and other platforms all by yourself. Or, maybe different officers are assigned to each communication platform. Either way, be sure to always share any information about your social media platforms on your website, and vice versa! After all, how else would a person visiting your website know where to follow you on social media? And how else would someone on social media know where to find the latest chapter contact information on your website?

You can never be completely sure which platform a person will use first. So, it is always a good idea to regularly and clearly show how all of your chapter’s unique platforms are connected and used to collectively support your chapter and its goals.

7. Plan for the Future

Do your chapter a huge favor! Write down any relevant information about your chapter website. Then, pass this information on to future generations of officers. For example, share any important chapter passwords, a list of information to be updated regularly, and any procedures for acquiring new information to be added to the website. Share brief instructions about how to make these updates, too!

Good luck launching or revitalizing your chapter website or blog. Have questions? Feel free to log in and ask away in the comments below. And of course, remember to log in and subscribe to this free publication!

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Writing Meeting Minutes for Your Psi Chi Chapter

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Monday, July 30, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Psi Chi chapter secretaries are generally tasked with writing a record the minutes of each chapter meeting. But, wait! What exactly are “meeting minutes” and how should you write them?

Meeting minutes are simply a basic record of the events and motions made during a meeting. Of course, you don’t really need to write down the exact “minute” of every detail in a meeting. Instead, it is important that you capture the general spirit of the meeting such as motions, votes, and upcoming plans. This post will share a few tips and an example.

First Things First, Plan Before Each Meeting

Invite other officers and members to request any items that they would like added to the upcoming agenda. Having an organized agenda prepared in advance will make the most of your members’ time. And it makes taking the minutes easier too.

What to Include in Your Record of a Meeting

  • Date of meeting
  • Time the meeting was called to order
  • Roll call
  • New business
  • Motions taken or rejected
  • Items to be held over
  • Next meeting date and time
  • Time the meeting was adjourned

View an Example

So, what should your meeting minutes look like? All Psi Chi chapters are unique, but here is a general outline that you can follow:

Psi Chi Meeting Minutes

Call to Order
The chapter meeting was called and held on [DATE] at [TIME] at [LOCATION].

Approval of Minutes From Previous Meeting
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and unanimously approved as distributed.

Announcements/Officer Reports

Summarize any announcements and/or reports given.

Unfinished Business
Summarize any ongoing business.

Agenda for Next Meeting
List any items to be discussed at the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at [INSERT TIME]. The next general meeting will be [DATE] at [TIME] at [LOCATION].

Sharing Your Meeting Minutes

At each meeting, you will probably be asked by your chapter president to read the minutes for the previous meeting. If you aren’t asked, then volunteer to do so anyway! Quickly reviewing past chapter decisions will help remind everyone what is going on, and catch up new attendees so that they will feel more comfortable participating.

Meeting minutes should be made available to all members. You may wish to distribute print copies to members. Or, you could share your meeting minutes on social media, or on your chapter’s website or blog!

Other Helpful Tips

  • Look over your notes and finalize your minutes as soon as possible after each meeting. This will ensure that you remember as much as possible.
  • Feel free to ask for clarification when you need it.

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Welcome New Chapters: 2017-18

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Monday, July 2, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 2, 2018


Psi Chi continues to grow and succeed. In the 2017–18 year alone, 21,800+ members joined. That’s 21,800+ people who are in the top of their classes and eager to make a difference in the field of psychology. Further, we are excited to announce that eight new chapters were approved by Psi Chi’s Board of Directors since last July, making the total number of chapters now 1,150+.

New Chapters Approved

Chapters Approved in 2017–18

  • Eureka College, MW region
  • Keiser University, SE region
  • University of Guam (INT), SW region
  • University of Nicosia (INT), MW region
  • University of Toronto, Scarborough (INT), MW region
  • *Holy Cross College MW region
  • *Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MW region
  • *Viterbo University, MW region

We are also pleased to welcome these three chapters, which were previously approved in 2016–17 and later installed in 2017–18 academic year:

  • **University of North Texas Dallas, SW region
  • **Columbia University, E region
  • **Grand View University, MW region

It is always fulfilling for us to see members of a new chapter learning about our Organization and their membership benefits. Below is an image of the new chapter at Columbia University (NY). This chapter hosted its first-ever induction ceremony during the fall 2017 semester. The ceremony welcomed 31 new members, featuring refreshments and three congratulatory speeches!

What's Next?

Psi Chi Central Office staff are already in communication with several individuals interested in starting chapters at their local campuses in the near future. Notably, this year, Psi Chi gained its very first chapters in the countries of Cyprus and Guam. Since Psi Chi became International in 2009, chapters are now located in 21 countries outside of the United States. What new cities and countries will gain Psi Chi chapters next year? We can’t wait to find out!

Reader, do you have connections at a school that does not have a Psi Chi chapter? Share our Membership Benefits page with them so that they can learn about our Organization. To start a new chapter, visit HERE.

Conduct a Lab Experiment

Log in and welcome our latest new chapters in the comment section below. Have advice for these chapters? Please share that info as well!

* Denotes chapters that have been Board approved but not yet installed.
** Donates chapters that were previously Board approved in the 2016–17 year and later installed during the 2017–18 year.

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How to Run a Chapter Meeting

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Following a set procedure for your chapter meetings—even a simple one—can go a long way toward improving your chapter’s accomplishments throughout the year. Here is some basic information about running meetings to get you started. Please keep in mind that all chapters have their own unique structures and needs. For further information about conducting meetings, members are encouraged to purchase a copy of the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.

Who Runs Chapter Meetings?

Chapter presidents are generally responsible for running (i.e., chairing) chapter meetings. In the event that the president cannot attend a meeting, the chapter’s vice-presidents will usually fill in.

Request a Written Agenda in Advance

Your chapter secretary is generally responsible for keeping meeting minutes and writing an order of business for upcoming meetings. Presidents, if you don’t already have an agenda, be sure to ask for one in advance.

During the Meeting—Instructions for the President/Chair

1. To start the meeting, say something like this:
“The meeting will now come to order.”

2. Request for the secretary to perform a roll call.
The secretary will then call the roll, with pauses for response.

3. Ask the secretary to read the minutes from the previous meeting.
Then, ask everyone if there are any corrections. If there aren’t, you should make a motion (see below for specific instructions) to approve the minutes so that they will be part of the official record of the current meeting’s minutes.

4. Request for members to report on any specific roles, activities, or accomplishments.
For example, perhaps an officer was previously asked to provide updates about the planning of an upcoming event. Or maybe an officer would like to share the results of a recent service activity.

5. Discuss any unfinished business from previous meetings.
Occasionally, business will be tabled to the next meeting, and this is Ok—it allows people more time to think about an issue or gather additional information. Double check the minutes of previous meetings to make sure that you haven’t missed anything.

6. Ask if there is any new business.
This is your members’ opportunity to raise issues. These issues do not necessarily have to be on the agenda that was written before the meeting. For the group to decide on any new business, a motion is required (see below).

7. If possible, go ahead and share the agenda for the next meeting.
Remember to include the date, time, and location, as well as any other relevant information.

8. To end the meeting, say something like this:
“Since there is no further business, the meeting is adjourned.”

How to Make a MotionInstructions for All Members

1. President/chair acknowledges a person who has raised a hand or stood up in order to gain your attention.

2. The person will then make a motion by saying, “I move that . . . ”

3. A different member then seconds the motion.

4. President/chair restates the motion by saying, “It is moved and seconded that . . .”

5. Members debate the motion, allowing both sides to discuss.

6. President/chair puts the motion to a vote, asking all those in favor to say “aye” and then all those who oppose to say “no.”

7. President/chair announces the results. For example, say “The aye’s have it” or “The no’s have it.”

Other Tips

1. Identify the goals or purpose of your meeting. If your chapter has specific goals for the overall school year, it is good to write these down and keep them handy at all meetings too.

2. Pay attention to the clock.

3. Take notes.

4. Follow up.

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How to Say "Psi Chi"

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Psi Chi is the International Honor Society for Psychology. This is easy enough to read and remember. But what isn’t always so easy is pronouncing Psi Chi out loud for the first time! At the Psi Chi Central Office, we’ve witnessed this play out in many ways on the phone and in person. For example:

Some people tackle the issue head on by asking, “Am I saying that right?” Good for them! Others sometimes accidentally say “Psy Chee” or “P-si Chi.” And other times, people avoid mentioning the word Psi Chi throughout an entire lengthy conversation—coincidence? We think not! ;)

Anyway, mispronouncing Psi Chi happens all the time, and it’s nothing to feel embarrassed about. The word isn't exactly composed of the most commonly used syllables. And it is doubtful that this little mistake will disappear any time soon (unless Psi Chi gets added to a lesson in Hooked on Phonics, perhaps).

So for the record, here’s how you say Psi Chi!

So, What Does Psi Chi Mean?

Deconstructing the name of our Professional Organization is revealing. First there’s the Psi part, which represents the Greek letter Ψ and Greek word psyche. Psyche means mind, particularly enrichment of the mind or scholarship.

Chi is for the Greek letter Χ, which represent the word cheires. This means hands, as in fellowship and cooperation.

Then comes International, the newest part of Psi Chi’s name. For the majority of the organization’s history, Psi Chi was a “national honor society.” This change to an international honor society was a big one, even requiring an amendment to the constitution. Thanks to these efforts, Psi Chi now has chapters located all around the world.

(Check your own local chapter banners and materials. Do they have the proper International name printed on them? You can order new ones in the Psi Chi Store.)

Next, there is the word Honor, which speaks to our members’ outstanding academic performance. The requirements to join Psi Chi are stringent; having met them is proof of scholastic achievement. Service is not a requirement of membership, but it is an meaningful component of many chapters’ activities. Those who serve their communities add another dimension to the “honor” part of the name.

Finally, there is in Psychology. Psychology is a broad field, and the day-to-day work of a counselor differs substantially from the day-to-day work of a neuropsychologist. However, they do have one important commonality—a desire to help. Our members represent a population that strives to improve the human condition.

As it turns out, a name can convey a substantial amount of information! So when you say Psi Chi, be sure to say it with pride for all the positive things that our society and your membership stands for. Psi Chi offers $400,000+ in annual awards and grants, four great publications (including your favorite blog here!), a Career Center, and many other benefits.

Conduct an Experiment

The author of this post admits to mispronouncing Psi Chi once, a long, long time ago. So let’s all be honest! Have you ever mispronounced Psi Chi? If not, then maybe you’d like to share any other psychology words that have you mispronounced instead (login required to comment).

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Celebrate Undergraduate Research Week With Psi Chi!

Posted By John E. Edlund, PhD, Psi Chi Research Director, Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Dear Psi Chi Member,

I am proud to introduce Psi Chi’s first-ever celebration of Undergraduate Research Week! All students and faculty—not just undergrads—are invited to join us April 9–13 to shine a light on the latest generation of students striving to advance the science and application of psychology.

In 2010, Undergraduate Research Week was declared by the U.S. House of Representatives. Indeed, many professionals first discovered their passion for research when they were students. This celebration is to recognize those beginnings too, and for the mentors who cultivate countless bright minds. Here are four ways you can honor this special occasion:

1. Join a Research Project

Psi Chi NICE recently partnered with StudySwap, a free tool featuring dozens of projects actively seeking collaborators such as yourself. See the brand-new article which will appear in Eye on Psi Chi, “Undergrad Researchers Will Save Psychological Science,” to learn about additional research opportunities.

2. Receive Financial Support

Psi Chi provides $400,000 annually in awards, grants, and scholarships. This includes significant funding for undergraduate research awards, research grants, and travel grants to conventions. View a complete list of annual programs and deadlines.

3. Share and Support Current Research

Share about your current research projects on Facebook. Use hashtag #PsiChiURW. Specific projects, interests, conference attendance—we want to hear about it all! You are also encouraged to participate in online surveys conducted by Psi Chi members. Twenty-one studies are currently seeking participants; submit a link to your own surveys too.

4. Learn Something New

Over the years, Psi Chi has built up a wealth of free articles and resources about Conducting Research and Attending and Presenting at Conventions. You are welcome to use these in your classrooms and other endeavors.

Open Science Practices

Research Methods


Publishing Your Work

Presenting at Conventions

Undergraduate research opportunities cultivate future generations of passionate and innovative researchers. I look forward to your participation in the celebration!

John E. Edlund, PhD
Psi Chi Research Director
Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

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Strategies to Increase Awareness of Your Chapter: Officers, Take Heed!

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Monday, March 26, 2018
Updated: Monday, March 5, 2018

Strategies to Increase Awareness of Your Chapter: Officers, Take Heed!

A common challenge for Psi Chi officers is learning how to spread the word about your chapter to members, potential members, and others in the community. So how can your chapter do a better job of disseminating information?

Everyone has a unique approach to news and the many places where we look to receive it. And that’s Ok! However, consider for a moment how this might complicate matters for a communicator trying relay a message to a large number of people. There are so many platforms to broadcast your message that you could never possibly implement them all! That's why it is vital that you ask around first to see where your members receive their news (e.g., e-mail, social media). Then, spread your message across those platforms to ensure that it reaches as many people as possible.

We recently published a blog post about this called, “Getting Students Excited About Your Chapter.” It contains lots of ideas for instituting annual chapter goals, creating engaging meeting content, and showing everyone the value in participation. In that article, the first point of advice was to “increase your chapter communications!” Today’s blog post expands upon that suggestion. Here are six forms of communication (with examples!) that could create additional interest and engagement for your chapter!

1. Create an E-Mail List

Do you have an e-mail list for your chapter? If not, you’ll want to start building one immediately. A LOT of people in college regularly check their e-mail, so this is generally a very effective platform. Some tips:

  • Consider assigning a specific officer at your chapter who is dedicated to chapter communications such as e-mails.
  • Make an e-mail sign-up sheet available at all chapter meetings.
  • Include alumni in your e-mails, in case they would like to continue participating with your chapter!
  • Don’t send too many e-mails. All chapters are different, but one e-mail per week is probably more than enough!
  • Make sure that you provide an option at the bottom of each e-mail with instructions for how to “Unsubscribe.” Failing to do this could result in your e-mails landing in spam folders.

2. Establish a Chapter Presence on Facebook

A lot of chapters are doing a great job on Facebook! For example, the chapter at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (@utcpsichi) posts regularly about local events and relevant psychology-related articles. Looking for ideas for your chapter’s Facebook page? Be sure to explore these Facebook pages as well: @HELPUniversityPSiChi, @KSCPsiChi, @PsiChiNWMSU, and @PsiChiUMW. You are also invited to follow and share posts from the Psi Chi Central Office: @PsiChiCentralOffice

3. Don’t Forget Other Social Media Platforms, Too!

Instagram and Twitter have also become extremely popular platforms in recent years. And just because someone checks Instagram regularly, this does not mean that they frequent other social media. Try taking advantage of multiple platforms to spread the word about your chapter. This will also provide you with the opportunity to tailor information on each platform to support different audiences’ needs (e.g., career advice on LinkedIn or community service opportunities on Instagram and Facebook). Here are some outstanding chapter Instagram pages: @psichi_txst, @psichi_uprrp, and @psichi.uiuc. And here are some on Twitter: @PsiChiatVCU, @PsiChiUMW, @LSUPsiChi, and @UAPsychClub. The Psi Chi Central Office is on Instagram (@psichihonor) and Twitter (@psichihonor) too. See you there!

4. Release a Regular Newsletter

The Psi Chi Newsletter, an annual publication produced by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Chapter, is packed full of interviews with local psychology faculty and professionals. Take a look and think about whether this sort of publication might be handy for your chapter and community. This newsletter has a complete Table of Contents section, chapter contact information, and student snapshots too. To learn more, be sure to check out our recent magazine article, “Starting a Chapter Newsletter.”

5. Team Up With Other Local Publications

There are probably several established publications in your area that are hungry for relevant content and would be eager to share news about your chapter. Consider submitting Psi Chi stories and upcoming events to campus news organizations, your psychology department’s newsletter, and any relevant social media pages in your community!

6. Post Bulletin Boards and Flyers

Take advantage of the traffic in your psychology department halls and other places around campus. Posting flyers and brochures can attract new people who are not currently a part of your chapter. Psi Chi Central Office also provides posters and a flyer that officers and advisors can download and print for free.

In conclusion, we at the Psi Chi Central Office are here to serve you! Please let us know if you have any questions or other thoughts about managing or promoting your chapter. We look forward to sharing more articles like this in the coming months; be sure log in and subscribe above!

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My Psi Chi Story: Kevin M. P. Woller, PhD

Posted By Kevin M. P. Woller, PhD, Rogers State University, Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Psi Chi Story: Kevin M. P. Woller, PhD

My Psi Chi journey started
in May 2003 when I chartered the Rogers State University (RSU) chapter. Since that time, I have had many experiences that have shaped my love for the organization.

Community Service

Some experiences have contributed to both my own well-being, and that of my students. Probably my favorite Community Service has been aptly named the “Special Day of Care.” This event partners with Safenet, which is Claremore’s abused women and children’s shelter. In cooperation with two local spas, we help provide a variety of free beauty services for the women, and a “day of fun” for the children. For many of the women, this is the first time they have ever had a manicure, massage, or facial, and for many of the kids it is their first time to have cotton candy or to play on a bouncy castle. What most people take for granted, these abused women and children see as one of the best days of their lives.

In our sixth year, there have been many stories that have touched my heart and that of our Psi Chi volunteers, including Sherrie Sherrick, Shana Butler, Michael McClellan, Meghan Steeber, Rubi Granados-Guadarrama, Shelby Mancell, and other non-Psi Chi volunteers like William Golden. This year, we served 12 women and their children, one of whom was an 11-year-old girl whose mother could not separate from her, for fear of her being taken away again.

While serving as security for the event, I overheard the reason why she had more than 12 inches of hair cut off, and why she “loved her new look.” You see, her father used to take her and her mother both by the hair, and used it as a means to pull them down and abuse them. By having her hair cut, which their abuser had not allowed, she both freed herself psychologically from her father, and realistically by taking away his favorite avenue of manipulation. Just a haircut; just a new life.

Academic Mentoring

Other Psi Chi experiences have come in the form of mentoring students, like one of my more recent memories: perhaps my proudest moment as a professional was when the American Journal of Psychology published my article titled, “Psychological Reactance: Examination Across Age, Ethnicity, and Gender.Little did I know I had an unintentional bias in the study, because my “Native American” population was made up in large part of subjects who had less than 10% heritage.

Fast forward to 2015 where my Psi Chi coadvisor Dr. Johnny Mark Kirk and a group of RSU Psi Chi Students including Cathy Eimer, Bethany Henley, and Catherine Burkhead, helped me to correct this error with a preliminary study on “Psychological Reactance in an American Indian Population,” which we presented at SWPA in Wichita, KS. Through careful revisions and some real persistence, this study was recently published in the Journal of Intercultural Disciplines. This represents the first publication for our students, and is a proud moment for our program and our university.

Caption: 2015 SWPA presentation with Bethany Henley, Cathy Eimer, Dr. Kevin M. P. Woller, and Catherine Burkhead


It is these experiences and many others like them that cement my belief that all students of psychology should strive to become members of Psi Chi. Apart from the personal benefits that come from service to the community and the academy, these are tangible and practical items that can enhance any vita or resumé, paving the road toward graduate school and employment.

Being part of a local chapter also serves to connect you with like-minded individuals who can become both lifelong friends and professional colleagues. Dr. Kirk, the fellow advisor that I mentioned earlier was actually the first RSU Psi Chi Vice-President, and moved from being my student, to my fellow Psi Chi advisor and faculty member, to his current position as Program Chair of the Graduate Degree in Addictions Counseling at Northeastern State University.

Lifelong membership means a life of opportunity and growth potential that I believe is an essential part of any education. That is why I would encourage everyone to consider giving back to Psi Chi through a financial gift or a service commitment such as being a mentor or advisor to our up and coming professionals. I can tell you, from my nearly 15 years of experience, that it has been the most satisfying and enriching part of my professional career.

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Establish Concrete Goals for Your Chapter—Here’s How!

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Establish Concrete Goals
for Your Chapter—Here’s How!

Psi Chi’s Board of Directors instituted three Vision 2020 goals for Psi Chi that you can also use as a roadmap at the local chapter level. The three goals are:

  1. Scholarly Pursuits
  2. Member Development
  3. Chapter Experiences

Chapters that make concrete plans ahead of time are more likely to be successful. So, today’s article will discuss how to use Psi Chi’s three goals to support your chapter.

First, at the beginning of each semester, encourage your officers and members get together to complete this brief Chapter Goals worksheet. Then, be sure to make copies for all your members or display your chapter’s goals somewhere public to help keep everyone focused on the tasks your chapter will have set for itself.

Starting in January 2018, we invite you to upload your chapter’s goals to the Psi Chi website so that other chapters can see and take inspiration from your endeavors. To view other chapters’ goals, visit HERE. The downloadable worksheet and your chapter’s goals can also be accessed via your appropriate Faculty Advisor or Officer Admin pages.

When your chapter works together as a team, you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish. Make a point to attend as many meetings and events as you can, and remember to offer your assistance to your officers and advisors as needed. Here are some specific suggestions to help your chapter accomplish each of Psi Chi’s goals:

Goal 1: Scholarly Pursuits

To embrace this goal, consider suggesting that your chapter host a meeting in a campus computer lab where students can all visit Psi Chi’s Post a Study page to gain experience participating in online research. Students might also appreciate a group lesson on Attending and Presenting at Conventions. Better yet, use this article to inspire your chapter members to attend or even present at a local, regional, or national convention.

Furthermore, if your students are interested in obtaining careers in research, your chapter could conduct or assist a collaborative group research project. Here are some example collaborative Research Opportunities to consider. You might also work together to submit your research to our prestigious Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. Being able to place a publication on your resumé is especially helpful if you are hoping to attend graduate school!

Goal 2: Member Development

One simple, yet effective, way to support your local members’ personal and professional development is to host events about finding a psychology-related job and/or attending graduate school. Our Careers in Research, Going to Graduate School, and Attending and Presenting at Conventions online resources are packed with information that you could share with your fellow members. In addition to the priceless information you will obtain when hosting these events, you will also gain real leadership experience that can easily be included on your resumé or CV.

Certainly, it is never too late to strengthen your professional skillset by taking on a valuable role in your chapter. Even if annual chapter officer positions have already been filled, you can always offer to start a new committee or officer position at your chapter. Visit this list of leadership types to see which ones might be suitable additions for your chapter.

Goal 3: Chapter Experiences

There are countless ways to create long-lasting memories and friendships with your chapter members. For example, consider having regular community service events, ice cream socials, game nights, pizza parties, and more! Learning about fascinating topics such as Female Serial Killers or watching a psychological thriller film together can be lots of fun too!

And last of all, remember to make recruitment a priority at your chapter. Inviting potential members to join early in the semester could give you chapter an extra boost in attendance and support throughout the year! View our Identify–Invite–Induct PDF for specific suggestions to support your recruitment drives.

Conduct an Experiment

It’s going to be a great academic year! In the comments below, tell us some activities you would like to participate in with your chapter (login required). And don’t forget to upload your chapter’s official goals HERE.

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