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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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Apply Psi Chi’s Goals to Your Personal Endeavors

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

In a recent blog article, we discussed how local chapters can use Psi Chi’s three goals at the start of each semester to create a roadmap to success. Today, let’s talk about how individual members, including alumni members, can benefit from these three goals too.

Members are encouraged to connect with a local chapter in their area to pursue their goals as a team. However, individual members and alumni are invited to complete our Annual Vision 2020 Worksheet too! This worksheet will help you organize and prepare for meaningful tasks to boost your resum
é, education, and career.

Here are the three goals and some specific suggestions to help you accomplish them.

Goal 1: Scholarly Pursuits

It’s never too late to learn something new! Specifically, this goal encourages you to “conduct exemplary research, disseminate and apply research findings, and maintain a lifelong interest in exploring the field of psychology.” Here are some ways to do this through your membership with Psi Chi.

First, be sure to visit our specific online resources about Conducting Research and Attending and Presenting at Conventions. You’ll be glad that you did—time and time again, research experiences and convention attendance help people discover their unique passions and develop lifelong professional relationships with their peers. Psi Chi features special programming at six regional conventions, APA, and APS. We hope to see you there!

Second, explore our
magazine, blog, and journal. These are all packed with up-to-date information about advancements in psychology. Plus, they also offer unique publication opportunities to Psi Chi students and faculty alike.

Goal 2: Member Development

This goal is a reminder for you to seek out “opportunities to enhance your professional and personal life.” In addition to the skills you will gain from conducting research and networking at conventions, here are three strategies to consider.

First, remember to take advantage of Psi Chi’s Career Center! You can create an account, search for jobs, and set up automatic Job Alerts—all for free. And just as importantly, you can also ask our career experts specific questions about your resumé, interviews, and application materials. Yes, this is a free opportunity to speak with living human beings who are dedicated to guiding you to your next great job opportunity.

A second member development strategy to consider is going to graduate school. Psi Chi is happy to help you with this too through our Going to Grad School Resource and our eBook, An Eye on Graduate School.

A third way to grow personally and professionally is to increase your knowledge of diversity issues and self-improvement strategies such as teamwork skills, mental health, so forth. Our Diversity Matters online resource has some concise steps for you to consider, and our new #Help_HelpedMe Initiative invites you to join us in creating a world where it is safe and acceptable to ask for help when you need it. Also, our three publications are packed with many articles about improving your learning techniques, balancing the work and school, de-stressing, and much more.

Goal 3: Chapter Experiences

Last of all, Psi Chi chapters strive to “foster a vibrant and meaningful environment for all members to contribute to and benefit from continued engagement.”

Although you might have already graduated, you are still welcome to take part in chapter and member experiences. If you have lost contact with your chapter, please take a few minutes to reconnect. Just visit our Chapter Directory, find any chapters near your current location, and then send an e-mail to those faculty advisors to let them know that you are interested in speaking with them and helping them conduct community service activities.

By pursuing each of the three goals above, you are supporting Psi Chi’s greater mission of “recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology!” Best wishes in your many future endeavors!

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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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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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Behind the Scenes of Giving Tuesday at Psi Chi

Posted By Cynthia Wilson, Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017

Behind the Scenes of
Giving Tuesday With Psi Chi

Since Psi Chi launched its inaugural Give Back to Psi Chi annual giving campaign earlier this fall, things have been really busy here at the Central Office; even busier than usual. One of the reasons we’re so busy is Giving Tuesday. The concept is, after the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday there comes Giving Tuesday. A day set aside to give back: to help the nonprofit of your choosing with a gift during the holiday season.

Each year Giving Tuesday has been in existence, just 6 short years, gifts have risen sharply. In 2015 alone some $177 million dollars were donated on Giving Tuesday!* Just imagine if everyone who reads this blog would donate $28? Think of what that could mean for Psi Chi’s member programs!

Psi Chi’s Central Office has put in a great deal of work into its first Giving Tuesday. You’ll see evidence of that on, our store, our publications, and even in Chattanooga, Tennessee’s local paper (home of Psi Chi’s Central Office) that Giving Tuesday is a day we have embraced wholeheartedly.

When you Give Back to Psi Chi, it’s not just giving back…it’s giving forward. What better time than during the holiday season to give a gift that will help build the future of psychology? That’s what you’re doing when you make your financial contribution to the Give Back to Psi Chi campaign, you know? You are making an impact.

The goal of Give Back to Psi Chi is to raise $88,000. Already, gifts total 24% toward this goal! And with your help on Giving Tuesday, we will surpass it!

Dr. Nadine Kaslow was the President of her Psi Chi chapter as an undergraduate. In 2014 she was the President of APA. Now, she is the Give Back to Psi Chi 2017–18 Chair. Watch her testimonial video to see why you too should Give Back to Psi Chi.

Just click on to make your Giving Tuesday gift now!

Please contact me if you’d like more information or to make your contribution:

Cynthia Wilson
Director of Membership and Development


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An Eye on Graduate School: Interview With Editor Merry Sleigh, PhD

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2017


An Eye on Graduate School:
Interview With Editor Merry Sleigh, PhD

In spring 2017, Psi Chi released its very first eBook, An Eye on Graduate School, which brings together our Professional Organization’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. Today, we are excited to present this interview with the book’s lead editor, Dr. Merry J. Sleigh (Winthrop University, SC) to share a little more about this fascinating publication.

Why did you want to create this eBook?

Psi Chi has a wealth of great information about navigating the graduate school application process. Every semester, I found myself looking up some of the same articles on the Psi Chi website and recommending them to my students. I realized that it would be advantageous to have all of these resources together and easily accessible to all students.

What response have you received about the book so far?

The feedback has been very positive. My students seem to agree that purchasing one book is much easier than hunting down 10 articles that your professor recommends.

What was it like working with so many authors on this project?

Collaborating with the contributing authors was a pleasure. Their shared enthusiasm for supporting students was a tangible reminder of how important our young scientists are for the future of our discipline. All of us remember struggling through the process ourselves, and our great hope is that we can make it a little bit less stressful for others.

What one thing would you tell a student thinking about going to grad school?

Make sure that graduate school is the necessary step to get the job that you want. Sometimes we tend to think in a linear fashion, where we focus almost exclusively on our next step. However, before you apply to graduate school, you should think about life on the other side. Will the degree qualify and prepare you for the job that you want? Are there other paths to securing the same job? Are those jobs readily available or scarce? Graduate school should not be viewed as an endpoint but rather a stepping stone to the place that you want to be. It is far too expensive and time-consuming to undertake in the mere hopes that it will get you somewhere you will enjoy being.

How did you become involved with Psi Chi?

Like many students, I initially joined Psi Chi as an undergraduate at James Madison University because I thought it would “look good” to future employers or graduate schools to join honor societies. A year later, struggling to improve my resumé and noticing that I had very limited budgeting and financial management experience, I decided to run for Treasurer of my school chapter of Psi Chi. That experience did help me improve my ability to handle money, but at that time, I could never have imagined how long and impactful my connection with Psi Chi would be. During my time as an officer, I met other psychology majors, and we navigated the entrance into the post-graduate world together. Since becoming a faculty member, I have advised chapters at two different schools, served on multiple committees, reviewed grants, and presented sessions at conventions. Most recently, I served as the Vice-President of the Southeastern Region. My students have gotten travel grants, research awards, and graduate scholarships through their participation. The benefits have never ended. I joined Psi Chi viewing it as a line for my resumé and ended up being blessed with one of my most meaningful professional affiliations.

What’s your favorite Psi Chi memory?

My favorite Psi Chi memory is the first time my student researchers won a Psi Chi Regional Research Award at a Southeastern Psychological Association convention. It was exciting to see their hard work recognized in a professional context, and I was grateful to Psi Chi for placing such high value on undergraduate contributions to our discipline. I often told my students that Psi Chi membership came with many benefits, and having those students receive a check and the award certificate made that promise tangible to them.

Thinking about going to grad school? Dr. Sleigh’s eBook will help you navigate the seven primary steps that are vital to your acceptance at the program of your choice. The eBook is currently on sale in the Psi Chi store for only $4.99 for members (login required) or $19.99 for nonmembers. You can learn more at

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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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