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84 Students Receive MAF to Join Psi Chi for Free—Even More Expected This Year

Posted By Lisa Norman, Tuesday, December 5, 2017

84 Students Receive MAF
to Join Psi Chi for Free—
Even More Expected This Year

Lisa Norman, Associate Director of Membership Services

Four years ago, I had the idea to offer some assistance to prospective members who had financial need. I wanted to develop a meaningful program that would make a true difference for students struggling to afford school tuition, housing, bills, books, car payments, etc. In other words, I wanted to help students who have trouble adding just one more fee, even as small as our lifetime membership fee of $55.

During the summer of 2014, I made the request to our Board of Directors, and our Board agreed. They approved our first-ever Membership Assistance Fund (MAF) and funded 100 fee waivers. We were so excited to get this program up and running during the fall of 2014.

Awareness of the program was admittedly slow to get started, as it can be for many new programs. During the first two years, we accepted and approved 37 and then 46 requests from advisors, respectively. However, during the third academic year, we started promoting the MAF more than ever. Due to website promotion, an advisor calling campaign, and many monthly e-mails, we had a huge improvement in our MAF requests that came in. We approved 84 MAFs during our 2016–17 academic year.

Our current funding provides 100 fee waivers annually. However, I hope to have more than 100 requests during this upcoming academic year so that we can request to offer even more waivers.

Feedback from some of our MAF recipients is truly inspiring and shows me that we are meeting our mission of “Recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology.”

Ja’Darrius Strickland of the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) stated recently:

“It has truly been an honor being both recommended and accepted into this honor society. Being recognized for my accomplishments in academia gave me a bit of a needed spark to continue striving for success in my studies. As a member, I feel that this role is like a badge of honor, and mentioning of it during my application process will help give me that extra push that may be needed in the decision making process of the different review boards in which I will be submitting.”

Sondeika Miller, also from USM, stated:

“To become a member of Psi Chi was one of my best accomplishments thus far here at the University of Southern Miss. I had recently applied the year before and didn't get accepted. However, I'm glad that I persevered and kept going and finally got accepted. Having Psi Chi on my resumé will be an advantage when it comes to applying and getting accepted into grad school. Being a member shows that I have determination, I'm a hard-worker, and I believe in having great academics because all of these are requirements to join. Not only that, Psi Chi gives insightful and helpful tips on how to apply for grad school. It's just a great organization overall, and I am glad to be a part.”



Students like these from USM are exactly the students I envisioned would benefit from our Membership Assistance Fund. I wanted the MAF for involved, active, conscientious psychology students who will benefit from Psi Chi membership in their future studies, from applying for awards, grants, and scholarships to applying to graduate school. Even that leg up advantage from listing Psi Chi on a resumé can open new doors for students and connect students with others interested in psychology—great relationships that will last a lifetime! These are those students!

With tuition costs consistently going up annually, we have heard from many Psi Chi advisors about a constant need for financial assistance to help cover the cost of membership fees for eligible Psi Chi prospective members. Through the development of our MAF program, I think we are accomplishing this goal. I am proud to work for an organization that has this mission and that works with its members to encourage and support them throughout their time in college and beyond.

You can read full testimonials by MAF recipients Ja’Darrius and Sondeika in a recent blog article.


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Psi Chi Story: Sydnee Akubiro

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Monday, November 6, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, September 12, 2017


 

Psi Chi Story: Sydnee Akubiro


During the 2016–17 academic year, we received requests for only 84 of 100 potential recipients of our Membership Assistance Fund (MAF). This fall, if you know someone who is deserving of Psi Chi membership but may not be able to join due to financial needs, please encourage your faculty advisor to invite this person to join for free through our MAF program.

We believe all eligible students should be able to afford a Psi Chi membership! In today’s interview, recent MAF recipient Sydnee Akubiro (Spelman College, GA) shares her Psi Chi story.

 

Caption: Sydnee on the left in black and her advisor, Dr. Danielle Dickens, on the right in green pattern.

How did it feel to become a Psi Chi member?

Becoming a Psi Chi member was one of the best things that happened to me last semester. I remember coming into Spelman and hearing about Psi Chi from the psychology faculty and my peers. From the first time I heard about it, I knew that it was something I wanted to be a part of. Being able to finally get inducted was an amazing feeling.

What membership benefits can you take advantage now that you are a member?

Now that I am a member, I can take advantage of the many resources that Psi Chi provides. Specifically, I can now network with many professionals that are in the field that I would like to go into. This well help me to find jobs, internships, and even mentors.

Do you think that Psi Chi will help you get into graduate school should you decide to go?

I do believe that Psi Chi will help me get into graduate school. It is a very well-known honor society, and I believe that admissions committees will recognize my membership as being a representation of my hard work and scholarship.

What other ways could being a Psi Chi member benefit you?

Being a Psi Chi member can also provide me with opportunities to present my research at different events. I believe that it is important to present research as often as possible and observe others’ research in order to develop skills as a researcher. Psi Chi will be able to provide me with opportunities to attend conventions so that I can continue to grow as a researcher.

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Psi Chi members, please welcome Sydnee to our Professional Organization (member login required)! What membership benefits do you recommend for new members to pursue? What membership benefits have helped you the most?

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Improving Group Work in the Academic Setting: Suggestions for Professors and Students

Posted By Lydia Eckstein Jackson, PhD, Ye-Eun (Maria) Kim, and Callie Garlick, Monday, October 30, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, September 12, 2017


 

Improving Group Work in the Academic Setting: Suggestions for Professors and Students


Lydia Eckstein Jackson, PhD*, Ye-Eun (Maria) Kim*, and Callie Garlick

Allegheny College, PA 


Groups are a fundamental part of human life: They allow us to feel belonging, divide complex tasks, and establish our social identity (Johnson et al., 2006). Yet, despite its designation as a “high-impact educational practice” (Kuh & Schneider, 2008), group work is often met with annoyance by students.

Problems of Group Work


When individual contributions are unidentified, group members may feel less evaluation apprehension, which can lead to social loafing (group members exert less effort than they would working alone; Ingham et al., 1974). These “free-riders”—people who contribute little, but benefit from the group—are an all-too-common source of frustration, especially when students are evaluated based on the group’s collective output.

Moreover, groups are susceptible to groupthink, which occurs when group members discourage dissent for the sake of group harmony (Janis, 1971). Groupthink can lead to poor group decisions that are never challenged by divergent viewpoints. When group members are wary of sharing differing thoughts, groupthink suppresses creativity and idea generation, which are greater in groups with more diverse perspectives (Nemeth & Ormiston, 2007). Moreover, groupthink is promoted by time pressure (Neck & Moorhead, 1995), which further restricts creative thinking in groups (Amabile et al., 2002).



Benefits of Group Work

Certainly, under the right conditions, multiple heads can be better than one. Group work can facilitate creativity among group members (Nijstad & Stroebe, 2006), allowing for more complex solutions (Laughlin et al., 2006). In an academic setting, groups can help students learn skills that are expected of college graduates, like negotiating different viewpoints, coordinating and addressing complex problems, and honing technological and interpersonal skills. Moreover, they prepare students for academic and nonacademic careers because the ability to work in teams has become a highly desired skill (Herk, 2015). Indeed, that science publications are cited proportionally to their number of authors serves as a testament to the power of collaboration (Wuchty et al., 2007). Clearly, effectual group work is a worthy pursuit.

Advice for Professors

1. When possible, allow students to pick group members and topics; students will be more likely to engage in the work and less susceptible to social loafing (Karau & Williams, 1993, 1997).

2. Include reflective work. Have students report their own individual contributions and those of their group members, perhaps through online peer assessment platforms such as Teammates.

3. Consider the use of team contracts that specify the group’s self-generated timeline, roles, norms, and repercussions for failing to meet agreements.

4. Have deadlines for interim drafts and progress reports to prevent rushed, last-minute work.

Advice for Students

1. Encourage group members to critically evaluate the group’s work and share positions and concerns that may differ from the consensus. Consider assigning a “devil’s advocate” for this purpose.

2. Allow time for numerous meetings so that group members have enough opportunities to share new ideas or doubts.

3. Keep group discussions impartial. Continually affirm that all positions and ideas are valuable and welcome.

4. To foster creativity, have group members work independently before gathering as a group to share ideas.

In sum, we argue that group work remains an important learning tool. By following a few simple guidelines, both students and professors can maximize the many benefits of collaborative work and minimize the problems of group work that contribute to its poor reputation.


References

Amabile, T. M., Mueller, J. S., Simpson, W. B., Hadley, C. N., Kramer, S. J., & Fleming, L. (2002). Time pressure and creativity in organizations: A longitudinal field study. Working Paper # 02-073, Harvard Business School.

Herk, M. (2015, June 11). The skills gap and the seven skill sets that employers want: Building the ideal new hire. In the Nation’s Interest. Retrieved from https://www.ced.org/blog/entry/the-skills-gap-and-the-seven-skill-sets-that-employers-want-building-the-id

Ingham, A. G., Levinger, G., Graves, J., & Peckham. V. (1974). The Ringelmann effect: Studies of group size and group performance. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 10, 371–384. https://doi.org/10.1016/0022-1031(74)90033-X

Janis, I. L. (1971). Groupthink. Psychology Today, 5, 43–46.

Johnson, A. L., Crawford, M. T., Sherman, S. J., Rutchick, A. M. , Hamilton, D. L., Ferreira, M. B., & Petrocelli, J. V. (2006). A functional perspective on groups memberships: Differential need fulfillment in group typology. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 707–719. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2005.08.002

Karau, S. J., & Williams, K. D. (1993). Social loafing: A meta-analytic review and theoretical integration. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 681–706. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.65.4.681

Karau, S. J., & Williams, K. D. (1997). The effects of group cohesiveness on social loafing and social compensation. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 1, 156–168. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/1089-2699.1.2.156

Kuh, G. D., & Schneider, C. G. (2008). High-impact educational practices: What they are, who has access to them, and why they matter. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Laughlin, P. R., Hatch, E. C., Silver, J. S., & Boh, L. (2006). Groups perform better than the best individuals on letters-to-numbers problems: Effects of group size. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 644–651. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.90.4.644

Neck, C. P., & Moorhead, G. (1995). Groupthink remodeled: The importance of leadership, time pressure, and methodical decision-making procedures. Human Relations, 48, 537–557. https://doi.org/10.1177/001872679504800505

Nemeth, C. J., & Ormiston, M. (2007). Creative idea generation: Harmony versus stimulation. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37, 524–535. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.373

Nijstad, B. A., & Stroebe, W. (2006). How the group affects the mind: A cognitive model of idea generation in groups. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 10, 186–213. https://doi.org/10.1207/s15327957pspr1003_1

Wuchty, S., Jones, B. F., & Uzzi, B. (2007). The increasing dominance of teams in production of knowledge. Science, 316, 1036–1039. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1136099

* Note: both authors contributed equally to this work. This post is based on a paper the student coauthors wrote in their Introduction to Social Psychology class.

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Think You’re Ready to Be an Officer? Six Things You Should Know

Posted By Central Office, Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017


 

Think You're Ready to Be an Officer? Six Things You Should Know


Incoming officers, I would like to be the first to thank you for accepting a leadership opportunity at your chapter! Year after year, I have witnessed students take the reins at chapters and guide their members to incredible success. This year, I can’t wait to see what wonderful things you will do as well!

Today’s blog post will help you be the best officer you can be. Armed with answers to the six questions below, you will be ready to have an incredible year!



  1. Can you access your Officer Admin page?
    Try to access it with your Psi Chi login, right now. If you can view the webpage, then that’s great! If not, please send your local advisors an e-mail asking them to update the current officers online via their special Faculty Advisor Admin page.

    Your Officer Admin page includes special resources available only to designated officers. This is sure to give you a leg-up throughout the academic year. Being listed online as an officer will also grant you access to a special monthly Advisor/Officer e-mail with specific advice throughout the academic year.

  2. Are you aware of your specific duties throughout your term?
    Yes, specifically you! Do you know your officer duties? Psi Chi has an Officer Guidelines document available on your Officer Admin page. Download this file to review the specific suggested responsibilities for 15 unique officer positions. All chapters are somewhat unique, but this should get you off to a great start!
     
  3. Do you have specific chapter goals to look forward to?
    Chapters that identify concrete goals at the beginning of the year are more focused and more likely to excel! We’ve got a special Chapter Goals Worksheet that is again available on your Officer Admin page (starting to see a trend here!?). Print out a copy and suggest that your chapter complete the worksheet together at the start of the year. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

  4. Do you have adequate support?
    Our smallest chapters have accomplished some incredible things! However, take a moment to consider this: if a chapter with 10 members can raise $1,000 for some great cause, then imagine the potential for a chapter with 20 members.

    The more students you have who are engaged at your chapter, the more your chapter will be able to accomplish! So, don’t try to run your chapter all by yourself. Instead, ask yourself if your chapter needs more members, and then ALWAYS say “Yes!” Chapters can ALWAYS benefit from additional members. Therefore, your natural course of action is to start your recruitment drives as early as possible in the fall.

    Psi Chi is here to help you with this! We have downloadable posters, advice for identifying and approaching potential members, and even template letters you can choose to send. (You guessed it. These resources are on the Officer Admin page!)

  5. Can you identify any personal passions or interests?
    Bring those with you to Psi Chi. Our Honor Society is a unique opportunity for you to pull together a group of people with similar interests. Are you are interested in helping the homeless, conducting a particular research project, or finding out about careers for when you graduate? Discuss this with your fellow members! You may be surprised by just how many people will share your aspirations and want to learn more about your passions as a group.
     
  6. Any other questions about leading your chapter?
    We at the Psi Chi Central Office are always glad to help out. We’ve seen A LOT in the past 88 years, so please let us know if you need any advice or assistance. Contact us anytime at membership@psichi.org

Best wishes as you go on your journey with Psi Chi this year! Soon, your members will thank you for stepping into a leadership position at your chapter. Members of your community will thank you. Your resumé will thank you! And you will thank yourself too!

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Psi Chi members, what is your officer role for this year? What accomplishments do you look forward to? What challenges will your chapter need to overcome to do great things in your community? I would love to hear from you in the comments below (member login required).


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Psi Chi Stories: Ja’Darrius and Sondeika

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Monday, August 14, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, July 12, 2017


 

Psi Chi Stories:
Ja'Darrius and Sondeika


Did you know that
Psi Chi’s Membership Assistance Fund allows Psi Chi members who show financial need to join for free? It’s true! Each academic year, the faculty advisor at every chapter may request up to two eligible students have their lifetime membership fee waived. The first 100 applicants who are approved by the Central Office each year will be accepted into Psi Chi at no cost so that these students can enjoy all the many membership benefits of Psi Chi!

In today’s interview, Psi Chi members Ja’Darrius Strickland and Sondeika Miller (University of Southern Mississippi) share their experiences of joining Psi Chi through our MAF program. Ja’Darrius is a member of his campus’s memory and cognition lab. He has tutored statistics, is a member of the National Society of Leaders, and was accepted to participate in a Citi Internship. Sondeika is a dean’s list student, was a delegate for the Student Leadership Summit in March 2017, and an honor’s graduate in May 2017. She was also the first runner up in the SMAC Talent Show in October 2016.


Caption: (from left) Sondeika Miller and her advisor, Dr. Elena Stepanova.


How did it feel to become a Psi Chi member?

Ja’Darrius: It has truly been an honor being both recommended and accepted into this honor society. Being recognized for my accomplishments in academia gave me a bit of a needed spark to continue striving for success in my studies.

Sondeika: To become a member of Psi Chi was one of my best accomplishments thus far here at the University of Southern Miss. I had recently applied the year before and didn't get accepted. However, I'm glad that I persevered and kept going and finally got accepted.


What can you take advantage of most now that you are a member?

Ja’Darrius: I understand the weight that membership in this organization holds. It opens you to many opportunities such as scholarships and internships that are available, some only to Psi Chi members. It also connects you to many professional resources and individuals in the field of psychology for reference during your progression in this field.

Sondeika: Not only is it a great organization, but it has many advantages like scholarships and grants that are beneficial to my undergrad as well my grad career.

Do you think that Psi Chi will help you get into graduate school should you decide to go?

Ja’Darrius: Yes, I do believe that Psi Chi, as I mentioned is a prestigious society that is well-respected around the nation. As a member, I feel that this role is like a badge of honor, and mentioning of it during my application process will help give me that extra push that may be needed in the decision-making process of the different review boards in which I will be submitting.

Sondeika: Having Psi Chi on my resumé will be an advantage when it comes to applying and getting accepted into grad school. Being a member shows that I have determination, I'm a hard-worker, and I believe in having great academics because all of these are requirements to join. Not only that, Psi Chi gives insightful and helpful tips on how to apply for grad school.

What other ways could your Psi Chi membership benefit you?

Ja’Darrius: Psi Chi is also respected by many employers, and not only in the field of psychology. Membership adds to my chances of getting hired to a job, or accepted into a possible internship. Many people familiar with the society understand the criteria for induction into most of these organizations, and hold high preference over individuals exhibiting these characteristics and credentials.

Sondeika: Besides providing grants and scholarships, Psi Chi is a great way to network with other psychology majors and psychologists. It is also helpful in getting students, grad and undergrad, prepared for grad school. Then, it provides information about conventions, internships, and many more great opportunities. It's just a great organization overall, and I am glad to be a part.

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Psi Chi members, please welcome Ja’Darrius and Sondeika to Psi Chi in the comments below! You are invited to share your own Psi Chi stories here as well! Also, remember to subscribe above this article to receive future Psi Chi success stories in your inbox (member login required).


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Some Words of Inspiration to Start the School Year

Posted By Bradley Cannon, Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, May 31, 2017


 

Some Words of Inspiration to Start the School Year

Justine N. Rossi, MS, SSP
School Psychologist II

What better way to start your new school year than with some words of inspiration?!

That’s why we invited Psi Chi member Justine Rossi to share a recent talk she gave at Winthrop University’s (SC) spring 2016 induction ceremony. After her article, we also provide “Six Ways to Start Your Year With Psi Chi.”




Hello, fellow psychologists!

My name is Justine Rossi, and I am a School Psychologist serving two elementary schools and one high school in the state of North Carolina. As a Winthrop University psychology undergraduate, I served as a Psi Chi president and held many other positions within the Psi Chi and Psychology clubs. The interactions I was afforded with psychology classmates, university professors, and other like-minded individuals helped me define my graduate school decisions and pushed me to get more involved in our field. After finishing my undergraduate work at Winthrop, I stuck around for another 3 years and completed the school psychology graduate program earning a master’s degree of science in school psychology and a specialist’s degree of school psychology.

I encourage each of you to reach out, read up, and integrate yourself in your respective field of psychology. Do not take for granted the plethora of resources you have available at your disposal! I am cheering you on right now to: learn, experience, do, seek, desire, practice, observe, talk, listen, and feel out each and every possibility presented to you in your psychology studies.

As an undergraduate, I presented group research at a professional psychology conference in New Orleans, LA, and ended up winning not only an award, but some much needed cash and recognition from my university! The research was fun, I learned a lot, and the experience was one of a kind. Toward the end of my undergraduate career, I presented independent research in St. Petersburg, FL. Although I did not take home any prizes, I again received recognition from my university, and the experience widened my scope of understanding of psychology . . . not to mention, it boosted my résumé, and I got to take a trip to the beach!

Speaking candidly with you, at times I took the “easy road” and skipped over required readings, did the bare minimum with putting myself out there, so-to-speak, and did not always immerse myself into all of the outlets available to me at the college level in the field of psychology. When crunch time came for graduate school applications, it truly hit me how much time, energy, and resources I did not tap into for furthering my early stages of becoming a psychologist.

Although I am so grateful for all of the experiences I did have, I am also regretful that I did not take absolute full advantage of the opportunities available. Be confident in the direction(s) you head, yet go forth with an open mind and heart for the bumps in the road that you will meet. Sometimes, these bumps are the best game changers you could hope for. Best of luck to each of you!

Cheers,

Justine N. Rossi, MS, SSP
School Psychologist II


Six Ways to Start Your Year With Psi Chi

  1. Start Looking for the Perfect Career
    Psi Chi’s Career Center has thousands of psychology-related job openings to choose from. Even if you aren’t searching for a job right now, go ahead and set up an automatic Job Alert in case your dream job becomes available someday in your general geographic area.
  2. Write an Article for Psi-Chi-ology Lab
    Our submissions guidelines are short and sweet. As Justine told us in an e-mail, submitting was “such a fun opportunity!” We’re sure it would be fun for you too.
  3. Apply for an Award or Grant
    We offer more than $400,000 in awards and grants to all member types. We’ve got a little something for everyone: scholarships, awards for chapter leadership, awards for research, grants to travel to conventions, and much more.
  4. Submit to Psi Chi Journal
    Our rigorous, peer-reviewed Journal accepts undergraduate, graduate, and faculty submissions by Psi Chi members. All published manuscripts are free to read at psichi.org. They are also indexed in Crossref, PsycINFO, and EBSCO databases.
  5. Offer to Support Your Chapter
    Consider volunteering to manage a community service event. Or invite a guest speaker such as a local alumni member like Justine.
  6. Conduct a Lab Experiment
    Psi Chi members, share your (and your chapter’s) top goals for the new academic year in the comment section below.

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Psi Chi UCA Receives Model Chapter Award TEN Years Running!

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Monday, July 24, 2017
Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017


 

Psi Chi UCA Receives Model Chapter Award TEN Years Running!


Please join us in congratulating the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) Chapter for receiving Psi Chi’s Model Chapter Award 10 years in a row! The Model Chapter Award is one of Psi Chi’s methods to encourage chapters to have a successful academic year. To receive this award, all that is required is for a chapter to (a) complete 13 basic steps throughout the year and then (b) apply for the award before the spring deadline.

All qualifying chapters automatically receive $100 and a custom certificate to reward the chapter and inspire membership for years to come. The UCA chapter was one of 42 chapters that achieved Model Chapter status this year (great job, everyone!). In today’s interview, UCA faculty advisor Shawn R. Charlton, PhD, shares a little about how and why his chapter regularly applies for this award.


(left) Shawn R. Charlton, PhD, Psi Chi’s Southwestern Regional Vice-President and faculty advisor at the UCA chapter. (right) Students at the UCA Chapter are all smiles!


What is it that makes your chapter a Model Chapter? And how have you done that for 10 years straight?

A major key to our chapter gaining and maintaining Model Chapter status for the past 10 years is to focus our chapter on being engaged in research and other scholarly pursuits. Our officers are constantly focused on the awards and grants, and striving to get students to apply for every program. Every year, we aim to have at least one chapter member apply for each grant. This includes the chapter awards.

How has Psi Chi served as support to your chapters’ student members?


It is not possible to measure how much Psi Chi's support has benefited all students in our program, not just the Psi Chi members. Students who received grants and awards over the past year were directly benefited. The culture of scholarship that has been created by students engaging in Psi Chi supported work is a benefit to all of our students and faculty.

We have several dissertations that were funded by Psi Chi grants. Students who went to conferences that they could not afford to attend with the support of Travel Grants. Chapter awards have helped support a number of activities in the department as well as improvements to the research facilities. Conference grants to support the Arkansas Symposium for Psychology students have benefited psychology students throughout Arkansas.


Would you recommend that others “Give Back” with financial gifts to Psi Chi so that we can continue our mission and better serve our members?


Absolutely! Psi Chi invests its money and resources into directly benefiting students' scholarly and professional development. The benefits of Psi Chi's programs reach beyond just the students directly assisted and into their local chapters and communities.

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Psi Chi members, now is the perfect time to get started in preparing for the Model Chapter Award. View the guidelines. Also, do you have questions about earning the award or being a “model chapter” in general? Please share them in the comment section below (member login required).


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Welcome New Chapters: 2016-17

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Monday, June 26, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017


 

Welcome New Chapters: 2016–17


It’s been yet another outstanding academic year for Psi Chi! The total number of Psi Chi chapters located in the United States and countries around the world is up to 1,130+. Of these, 15 were accepted as new chapters during the 2016–17 year.

Our New Chapters

  • Chaplain College
  • Columbia College, SC
  • Columbia University, NY*
  • Grand View University*
  • Hope International University
  • Kentucky State University
  • Peru State College
  • Rochester State College
  • UCF Valencia-Osceola
  • University of Dubuque*
  • University of Guelph-Humber
  • University of North Texas at Dallas*
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Wilmington University

Every time a new chapter is founded, we at Psi Chi Central Office get excited all over again. Excited for the new relationships we’ll form and the opportunity to assist yet another chapter with our mission of “recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology.”

Has your chapter been around for 1 year or 88? Either way, here are some specific resources to help officers, faculty, students, and alumni prepare for an awesome 2017–18 school year.

Other Notable Accomplishments

  • We quadrupled our Scholarships program to $48,000 this year! Eight $3,000 undergraduate scholarships are due July 5, 2017, and eight $3,000 graduate scholarships are due July 15, 2017.
  • We launched a new Career Center last fall, which already contains literally thousands of new psychology related job openings across the United States. If you haven’t checked it out, be sure to do so! You can also upload your resumé to receive free personalized feedback from our career experts.
  • We published our new eBook, which brings together Psi Chi’s very best advice about applying to graduate school—advice accumulated from 25+ experts in over 20+ years of Eye on Psi Chi magazine issues. Many chapters have been updated to include the latest trends and information. Only $4.99 for members.
  • Oh, and we created a pretty cool new blog too! ;)


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Welcome our latest new chapters in the comment section below. Have advice for these chapters? Please share that information as well (member login required).

* Denotes chapters that have been Board approved but not yet installed.

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Psi Chi Story: Julia Daugherty

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Tuesday, May 30, 2017



Psi Chi Story: Julia Daugherty


Meet Julia Daugherty, who joined Psi Chi at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Julia recently received a Division 52/Psi Chi International Travel Grant for $1,500 and is now assisting with the process to start a new international chapter at The University of Granada in Spain. Today, she answers a few questions about her Psi Chi Story.


For what purpose did you use your travel award?

The travel award covered expenses from Spain to the APA Convention in Denver this past summer. Fortunately, I was able to extend my stay for a two-month research practicum at the University of North Carolina Wilmington while back in the United States. Reinforcing the research connection between these two universities has been vital to my thesis and continued education. Without Psi Chi’s travel award, this wouldn’t have been possible.

Would you have been able to attend the convention without the award from Psi Chi?

No, I wouldn’t have had sufficient funding to attend.

How did it feel to win an award from Psi Chi?

It was a great honor. There are many deserving researchers around the globe who would have also benefited greatly by attending the convention. That is why I tried to make the most of my visit, connecting with others who are likewise dedicated to the same line of research in intimate partner violence. I am deeply grateful for this award!

Would you recommend Psi Chi awards and grants to fellow students?

Absolutely! Psi Chi awards and grants give endless possibilities for learning and networking. Every psychology student and member of Psi Chi should give it a shot.

What has your overall experience with Psi Chi been like?

Very positive. I’ve found staff and other Psi Chi members to be supportive in advancing not only individual professional trajectories, but also psychology as a whole. I look forward to starting a new chapter in Granada so that more students can benefit from all it has to offer.

Describe your experience with starting a new chapter in Granada.

I first learned about the possibility of starting a new chapter at my university in Granada (Spain) when I met Dr. Zlokovich at the APA convention in 2016. I was immediately interested because Psi Chi has provided me with so many great opportunities, and I wanted to extend that to other students in Granada. There is a strong international focus at the Universidad de Granada, because all doctoral students are expected to complete an international research stay at another academic institution. Psi Chi is a great way for students to make these connections and to network with other researchers for potential collaborations.

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Psi Chi members, have you received Psi Chi funding or other experiences and opportunities due to your involvement with our Professional Organization? Take a few minutes to tell us about your Psi Chi Story in the comments below (member login required).

Also, don’t forget: this year’s Division 52/Psi Chi International Travel Grant is due June 30, 2017.

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