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Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Psi Chi Central Office serves three-quarters of a million lifetime members. See our frequently asked questions listed below. You may also contact us with your specific questions.

Lisa Norman is Psi Chi's Associate Director of Membership Services.

How do I become a member of Psi Chi?

If your school has a chapter, you may apply HERE. You are also welcome to view our Eligibility Requirements and Membership Benefits. If your school does not have a chapter and you are interested in starting one, we offer guidelines to help you start the process with a faculty member.

I cannot attend my induction ceremony. Can you send my certificate directly to my home?

We can only send registration materials such as your certificate to faculty advisors at the chapter address. If you cannot attend your induction ceremony, please make arrangements with your faculty advisor to receive your registration materials.

Can I transfer my membership if I change schools?

Yes, existing members can transfer to another chapter with the approval of the Psi Chi faculty advisor at the new school. To complete this process, the advisor must log in and visit their Faculty Advisor Admin page to select the appropriate action under "Existing Member Updates."

I moved/got married/graduated/got a new e-mail address. How do I update my information?

Simply log in and update your profile on your Member Admin page.

I’m an alumnus. Can I reactivate my membership?

Membership in Psi Chi is for life, so there is no need to reactivate it. If you are interested in becoming involved, you may want to

  • log in to our website and update your information in our database (please call the Membership Department at 423-771-9971 if the e-mail address you registered with is no longer valid),
  • locate the chapter nearest you and ask to be informed of upcoming events,
  • log in and subscribe to Psi Chi e-mail announcements on your Member Admin page, and
  • visit our Alumni page for further advice.
Can I be a member if I’ve already graduated?

Because Psi Chi is an honor society, admission is based on scholastic achievement. Therefore, in most instances, the answer is no. Here are two exceptions:

  1. You can join if you are a faculty member teaching psychology at a university with a Psi Chi chapter and you hold a doctoral or master's degree in psychology or a closely related field.
  2. Other alumni can only join if the Psi Chi chapter at their institution was created after they graduated and if their final transcript matches the current chapter requirements to join.

Lisa Norman is Psi Chi's Associate Director of Membership Services.

How do I access the Faculty Advisor Admin page?
How do I invite prospective members to join our Psi Chi chapter?

Prospective members can now apply directly online. On the Faculty Advisor Admin page, advisors are encouraged to look under Advisor Resources for downloadable Invitation Templates that can easily be customized for your chapter and e-mailed or handed out at your next recruitment event. The Chapter Handbook on the Member Admin and Faculty Advisor Admin pages also contains lots of additional recruitment advice.

In the past, I entered my members online. Has the process changed?

Yes. The new website has a direct and efficient application process that allows prospective members to enter their own information online and submit electronically for your review and approval.

How do I view prospective member applications?

You can view these applications by logging in with your Faculty Advisor Admin username and password. Select "View/Process Members" at the top of the page. You will see a table displaying applicants' names and their status (pending). To see a student's application, click on the name. For full instructions on processing new members, download the New Member Process Instructions PDF.

How do I submit new members’ fees?

You can pay by credit card or check. Log in to the website with your chapter Faculty Advisor Admin username and password, and go to "View/Process Members" at the top of the page. For full instructions on approving and submitting payment for members, download the New Member Process Instructions.

Once I pay for new members, when will I receive their certificates?

Please allow at least three weeks between payment and receipt of certificates.

Where can I find the paperwork/forms our chapter needs?

All forms are now online and can be found on the Faculty Advisor Admin page.

We are switching faculty advisors. What do we need to do?
  • Log in and go to your Faculty Advisor Admin page.
  • Choose "Add Primary or Coadvisor" under "Chapter Updates."
  • Click the "Advisor/Officer Add" button above the list.
  • In the "Role to Assign" drop down, choose the role for the new advisor.
  • Select the start and end dates for that advisor.
  • Select a member to assign to the role in the list.
  • Once you select the member, click the "Add" button near the bottom of the page.
  • If the name of the new advisor doesn't appear on the list, please contact Membership Services at membership@psichi.org or call us at (423) 771-9971. We may need to add the new advisor or transfer them from their original chapter.
Where can I find out about Psi Chi ceremonies and rituals?

Induction Rituals are available on the Faculty Advisor Admin page.

Paige Anctil is Psi Chi's Awards & Grants Officer. She is happy to answer any of your questions not addressed on this page.

What is SmarterSelect?

SmarterSelect is our online application submission portal. When you apply for an award or a grant, or you apply to become a reviewer or sponsor, you submit your application through SmarterSelect. The Psi Chi Central Office uses this service to manage and organize applications.

How competitive are the programs?

The vast majority of Psi Chi awards and grants are offered to Psi Chi members only, allowing for a much smaller applicant pool. Psi Chi programs are numerous and well-funded.

The award or grant program I want to apply to is closed. When will the application portal open again?

Application portals open approximately one month prior to the program deadline. While the portal is closed, the program details of the previous round may be viewed.

How soon after the deadline will I be notified of a funding decision?

Both recipients and non-recipients will be notified via e-mail approximately 30 to 60 days after the program deadline. If you have not received an email after this time period, check your junk folder and be sure that emails from psichi.org are white-listed.

Why didn't I receive any feedback on my application?

All of our reviewers generously volunteer their time to evaluate applications and are not required to provide any additional feedback or comments. Also, feedback is only available for select programs, such as the Graduate Research Grants.

I already submitted my application to SmarterSelect, but I need to change something. Can I edit my submitted application?

Yes, as long as it is before the deadline. If you need to edit your application after you submit it, you can do so by logging into SmarterSelect with the email and password used to submit your application. After logging in, you can access your application through the "My Applications" link in the upper right hand corner. Please note that after the deadline, your application will disappear from your application history and you will no longer be able to view or edit your application.

What are the biggest mistakes most applicants make?

The biggest mistake made is not following the instructions. Each award and grant program has guidelines detailing what should be submitted. These four things are often overlooked:

  1. Length requirements. If the instructions state six pages, then only submit six pages.
  2. APA style. Ask many people to proof your submission, and a final review by your research sponsor or advisor is always advised. Even if APA style is not specifically stated, it is always the best way to format any submitted material.
  3. Masking. If a program asks that submitted materials be masked, be sure to remove all identifying indicators including your name, your advisor’s name, the institution’s name, and the geographic area from the entire submission. Submissions must be completely anonymous. To mask a document, you may black out information or use XXX. There are numerous online resources that provide examples of masked submissions (also known as blind submissions). Masking is required to prevent bias during the evaluation process.
  4. Timeliness. All components, including faculty endorsements, must be submitted before the deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to be in contact with their faculty sponsor to be sure that endorsements are submitted before the deadline. It is extremely important that everything in your application is finished, uploaded, and submitted BEFORE the deadline. SmarterSelect will automatically cut off all access to applications once the deadline's date and time has passed. All of our deadline times are at 11:59 HST on the posted deadline date. No further edits or endorsements can be submitted after this time.
What timeline do you recommend for preparing an application?

Awards and grants have different timelines. With awards, the majority of the work has already been completed; and a 30-day timeline is recommended.

  • Prepare the draft of your essay 25 to 30 days before the deadline.
  • Have your research sponsor proof the cleanest version of the draft.
  • Always provide a copy of the cover sheet for the program to those assisting in proofing to ensure you are following all the instructions.

Grants need a longer timeline; a minimum of 45 to 60 days to prepare your application is recommended.

  • Be sure to inform your faculty sponsor to be on the lookout for an e-mail from SmarterSelect asking for an endorsement. It is your responsibility to be sure that your faculty sponsor's endorsement is submitted before the deadline.
  • Approximately fifteen days before the grant submission is due, be sure you have a final draft of all components to the application.
  • Request for your research advisor to proof the materials and check them against the cover sheet to ensure all the instructions are being followed, such as masking and adherence to APA style. Do not wait until the last day; submit your application to SmarterSelect a week or more before the deadline so that the endorsement e-mail to your faculty sponsor is sent and to have time to handle any unforeseen issues.

This information is only meant to generally cover all of Psi Chi's award, grant, and scholarship programs. Always refer to the program information and instructions posted in a program's SmarterSelect page, as that information will always take precedence to the information here.

If you have any remaining questions, please feel free to submit them HERE.

Ayana Woodard is Psi Chi's Merchandise Coordinator.

How long will it take for my order to arrive?
  • Orders are normally processed in 3 business days or less when orders are received during normal business hours, Monday through Friday by 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • After orders are processed, it generally takes up to 7 business days for them to arrive using USPS Standard.
  • If you need your items in fewer than 7 business days after they are processed, you can purchase UPS Ground (3–5 business days after processing) or UPS 2nd-Day Air (2 business days after processing)
  • Check the UPS site and use the Psi Chi Central Office ZIP code (37403) to see your estimated delivery time.
  • If you choose USPS Standard (normally 5–7 days after processing), the Psi Chi Central Office CANNOT track or replace lost packages. Also, there are no guaranteed delivery times for this service.
Can you deliver to a PO Box?

Packages shipped by USPS (United States Postal Service) can deliver to a PO Box. UPS will not deliver to a PO Box, only to a street address.

How much will it cost to ship my items?

At checkout, you will have options for shipping your merchandise. The cost will be based on the weight of the items in your cart and on the delivery destination.

If I pay for UPS 2nd-Day delivery, will I receive my order on the weekend or on a holiday?
  • All shipments mailed on Friday will be delivered on Tuesday.
  • Psi Chi does not offer weekend delivery.
  • All shipments should be calculated by business days.(Monday–Friday)
  • Please account for holidays when you are calculating when your order should arrive.
How does my payment method affect my merchandise shipment?
  • If you choose to pay with a check or money order, your merchandise will not ship until payment is received.
  • If your credit card does not process at checkout, please contact your provider.
What are the guidelines for exchanging apparel?
  • Apparel can be exchanged within 48 hours of the delivery date.
  • Apparel may be exchanged only if it is in the original plastic packaging and has not been worn.
  • Must be exchanged for the same style and color.
Does Psi Chi offer discounts for large orders of graduation regalia or other merchandise?

Sorry, we do not offer bulk discounts on any items including graduation regalia.

Can I change or add to my order once I have placed it?

Due to software limitations, orders cannot be changed. You can, however, place a second order if you want to add items.

If I refuse my UPS package, will I get a full refund from Psi Chi for my order?
  • You will only be refunded the purchase price of your merchandise.
  • You will not be refunded the cost of shipping.
When is the best time to call about my order?

Please call the next day between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. EST, and we will be happy to assist you. Members outside the Eastern time zone will need to account for the time differences.

I’m graduating soon. What is the latest date I can order?

Please be sure to order 7 days in advance and use the UPS 2nd-Day Air shipping option. More economical shipping options are available if you order earlier.

Will my chapter provide my graduation regalia?

Talk to your faculty advisor. Some chapters provide regalia and others do not.

What if my item is damaged?

Please notify us via merchandise@psichi.org within 24 hours of delivery with photo evidence. We require that you send back the damaged merchandise before we resend the new merchandise. Any request outside this time period will be subject to denial.

What is Psi Chi's Merchandise Refund Policy?

Psi Chi generally does not offer refunds, but may do so on a case-by-case basis. Request for refunds must be made within 48 hours of your delivery date. Submit your request HERE. Please note: For any exchanges, Psi Chi will need to receive unopened merchandise in its original packaging. We cannot refund graduation regalia (cords, stoles, lapel pins, and medallions).

Susan Iles is the Director of Communications at Psi Chi and oversees publications, social media, and logo and reprint permissions.

How do I submit brief Chapter Activity reports to Eye on Psi Chi magazine?

We love to get activity reports from chapters! We have simplified the process so that it is quick and easy. The submission form and quarterly deadlines are available online.

Can I use Psi Chi's Logos?

The short answer is yes, so long as you follow these three rules.

  1. Always use one of the eight specific Logo designs provided HERE (accessible to faculty advisors and officers only). Never alter these designs, create your own designs, or use Psi Chi’s Seal, which is reserved for Central Office use only.
  2. Follow all rules provided in our Brand Identity Guide, which outlines appropriate implementation of our Logos, typography, colors, photography, and more. Your support in this matter helps to distinguish Psi Chi as a Professional Organization, shape our distinct style, maintain continuity across chapters, establish our international brand, and assist our members.
  3. If you intend to use one of our Logos for external or commercial purposes (e.g., producing T-shirts or any other items that may be sold), the faculty advisor alone must review Psi Chi’s Trademark Use Policies for Chapters and Members and complete our Commercial Vendor Trademark Request Form at the bottom of that page.
Is my article more suitable for Eye on Psi Chi or for Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research?

Eye on Psi Chi publishes feature articles about various branches of psychology, graduate school, building strong chapters, as well as chapter activities, spotlights on awards and grants winners, and much more Psi Chi-specific content. View complete submission guidelines.

Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research publishes empirical research conducted by undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members. View complete submission guidelines.

What is a "masked" submission?

A masked submission is a manuscript from which all information that could be used to identify the author has been removed including

  • names of the author(s) and faculty advisor,
  • the institution’s name, and
  • addresses.
How do I subscribe to Psi Chi publications?

You can manage your subscriptions by logging and visiting your Member Admin page.

How long can I wait to submit a paper to Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research after the initial research has been conducted?

The Editor reserves the right not to review projects completed more than one year before submission. Also, if you wrote a paper as an undergraduate and you are now an enrolled graduate student, it will be reviewed relative to work by other graduate students.

Can I submit my work to Psi Chi Journal and several other scholarly publications?

The vast majority of professional journals prohibit duplicate publication. Standard practice includes authors signing an agreement stating that they will not publish elsewhere when a manuscript is accepted. When research appears in more than one place, results may be misconstrued or distorted. For example, if one paper is published in several journals, the results may appear to be more replicable than they actually are. If your work is rejected by one publication, you can submit it to another, but only one at a time.

Are undergraduate literature reviews accepted in the Journal?

We only accept empirical articles, so the author(s) must present some original data. We do not accept reviews for the Journal.

How can I obtain a copy of my article in its published form?

The electronic versions of the Journal and Eye on Psi Chi are available free on our website shortly after publication.

Are papers published in the Psi Chi Journal broadly available for citation by the scientific community? Will publications be available to literature searches?

Upon publication of each issue, Psi Chi Journal articles are uploaded to PsycINFO, EBSCO, and Crossref databases. Our Journal is included in the academic library product called Academic Search Complete. This product is available in library locations at colleges and universities around the world. Anyone affiliated with an institution that has made an arrangement to have the database would be able to use this for conducting research. More details about the database are available HERE.

The Board of Directors of Psi Chi primarily consists of members who are elected. The Central Office occasionally receives questions about the election cycles, the length of members’ terms, and other inquiries related to governance of the Organization.

What are the offices that make up the Board?
  • Past-President
  • President
  • President-Elect

Each year, Psi Chi members elect a President. That person serves one year as President-Elect, one as President, and one as Past-President.

Regional Vice-Presidents

  • Eastern Regional Vice-President
  • Midwestern Regional Vice-President
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President
  • Southeastern Regional Vice-President
  • Southwestern Regional Vice-President
  • Western Regional Vice-President

In odd numbered years, Psi Chi members of the Eastern, Rocky Mountain, and Western Regions elect new regional VPs. In even numbered years, Psi Chi members of the Midwestern, Southeastern, and Southwestern Regions elect new regional VPs.

Executive Director

The Executive Director is hired by the Board to promote Psi Chi, make connections with new universities and professional organizations, and act as an ambassador for the Organization around the globe.

How can my chapter submit a nomination?

All chapters are encouraged to submit nominations for President-Elect annually, and to submit nominations for Regional Vice-Presidents during the years that elections are being held. To submit a nomination, the faculty advisor should

  • log in at psichi.org, using the Faculty Advisor username and password,
  • select the role as the faculty advisor,
  • scroll down to "Nominations” in the "Voting" section, and
  • follow the prompts, filling in all required fields.
When can my chapter submit nominations?

Nominations open October 1 and are accepted until November 15 of each year.

Who is qualified to be nominated?

To be a candidate for President-Elect, a nominee must have served as a Board member for at least 2 years within the last 10 years. Generally speaking, excellent faculty advisors make outstanding Regional Vice-Presidents. Candidates must agree to serve before being nominated.

Who votes in Psi Chi elections?

Each chapter gets one vote. Chapters are encouraged to hold meetings and review the candidates' position statements when they are posted on our website.

How are ballots cast?

Ballots are submitted electronically. To access your chapter’s ballot, the faculty advisor must

  • log in using the Faculty Advisor username and password,
  • select the role as the faculty advisor, and
  • view the information about voting at the bottom of the page.
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