Department of Psychology

Welcome to Psi Chi!

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Psi Chi is an international honor society for undergraduate and graduate students in Psychology. Southern Utah University has had a very active chapter of Psi Chi since 1990. Visit the national Psi Chi site for complete information.

Goals of Psi Chi

The goals of national Psi Chi and of our chapter are to (1) recognize and reward excellent students, and (2) encourage professional development.

History of Psi Chi

Psi Chi was founded in 1929 to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate women and men interested in the study of psychology, and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

The SUU chapter is very active, sponsoring several guest speakers, fundraisers for the benefit of local causes (rather than fundraisers for itself), and in other community service projects. The chapter works in partnership with the SUU Psychology Club (any interested student is eligible to be a member of the Psychology Club). The club has also organized SUU student travel to the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association annual conference, with 20-25 SUU students attending along with their professors every year.

SUU Psi Chi holds an induction ceremony for new members every spring and fall semester, but you can apply for membership any time, at the official Psi Chi website.

There are many benefits of Psi Chi membership, spelled out at on the web page. Being a member provides you with many opportunities for scholarships, leadership roles, and much more than just the benefit of a line on your resume that is recognized by every psychology graduate school department and many employers as a sign of your academic excellence.

Each fall and spring, SUU Psi Chi sends letters of invitation to a select number of students, but if you meet the qualifications to join, apply on-line and contact the chapter president or adviser to alert them that you have applied.

The minimum qualifications for membership are:

  • enrolled as major or minor in psychology (or a program psychological in nature)
  • have completed at least 3 semesters or equivalent of the college course
  • have completed at least 9 semester hours (or equivalent) of psychology courses
  • have earned an overall GPA that is in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale)
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA in psychology courses

After you apply on-line, and receive notification that your application has been approved, you pay an $85 lifetime on-time fee by check or cash to the Psychology Department secretary in the main GC 308 Psychology Department office.

Psi Chi and the Psychology club meet jointly every Thursday from noon to 12:50 PM in GC 303. The meetings focus on committee work on various projects, guest speakers from the fields of psychology and related fields, socials, etc., and provide a great chance for you to get to know several faculty members and classmates with shared interests in psychology. Members and non-members are equally encouraged to attend. Our success as a club depends entirely on the initiative and participation of members and attendees at the Thursday meetings. If this meeting time does not fit your schedule, you might at least get on the emailing list for the clubs. If you are interested in receiving 1 credit hour for attending a semester of these meetings, check with the club adviser or president about how to enroll. It is possible to repeat this 1-credit participation for multiple semesters. To attend, you don't have to be signed up for course credit all are welcomed, and attend whenever you can.
SUU Psi Chi has an active Facebook page. It is a good idea to get yourself added to the e-mail mailing list, so that you can receive alerts about chapter activities and opportunities.