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Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS). Psi Chi's sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. 

Psi Chi serves two major goals--one immediate and visibly rewarding to the individual member, the other slower and more difficult to accomplish, but offering greater rewards in the long run. The first of these is the Society's obligation to provide academic recognition to its inductees by the mere fact of membership. The second goal is the obligation of each of the Society's local chapters to nurture the spark of that accomplishment by offering a climate congenial to its creative development. For example, the chapters make active attempts to nourish and stimulate professional growth through programs designed to augment and enhance the regular curriculum and to provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter. In addition, the national organization provides programs to help achieve these goals, including national and regional conventions held annually in conjunction with the psychological associations, research award competitions, and certificate recognition programs. 

Membership requirements for Psi Chi
The Psi Chi Constitution requires that undergraduate student applicants to Psi Chi:

  • Must be enrolled as a student at UW-Madison
  • Must be at least a second-semester sophomore
  • Must be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program or a program psychological in nature that is equivalent to a psychology major (undeclared students may be admitted, but it is important to show commitment to psychology in the application)
  • Must have completed at least 9 semester hours of psychology courses at UW-Madison
  • Must be in the top third of your class- this is approximately 3.4 and will be published each semester.
  • Must have a psychology GPA that is at least 3.0

    * Undergraduate students who have transferred to UW-Madison and are interested in becoming a Psi Chi member must meet the requirements listed above, plus complete one semester at the new institution to establish a GPA and complete 9 hours of psychology courses at UW-Madison.

Applications will be evaluated by current Psi Chi members based on a statement of strong commitment, and research, volunteer and work experiences. A high grade point average alone is not sufficient to gain acceptance to Psi Chi.  Students will not be admitted during the same semester in which they are graduating.

To apply, complete the online application -

Psi Chi Activities at UW-Madison

The UW-Madison Chapter offers practical experience by organizing programs designed to enhance the regular curriculum. Events from recent years include the annual graduate school informational panel, and presentations from university researchers and clinicians, allowing students to connect with a network of professionals in the field.

Currently, we are partnered with the Princeton Review. Through our partnership, Psi Chi members enjoy access to discounted prep courses (e.g., GRE, MCAT).

In addition to attending monthly Chapter meetings, all members are invited to actively participate in one of several committees, which immerse students in projects that foster fellowship, develop the Society, and serve the community. Currently there are five committees:

Newsletter/Journal Committee: This committee was reorganized in September, 2013 as part of an ongoing effort to rebrand our organization publication as a newsletter-journal hybrid. The publication aims to create opportunities for students by featuring student works and listing of professionals in psychology-related careers who have volunteered to take on students for career experience.

Community Service Committee: This committee organizes and promotes volunteer community outreach opportunities for all Society members.

Brown Bag Committee: This committee recruits professionals in the field to give presentations at Chapter meetings throughout the year. For example, department faculty from all areas of concentration are invited to present current research and clinicians discuss clinical experiences. Students are encouraged to engage the presenters and are welcome to ask questions. Brown bag committee members also assist with the annual graduate student informational panel.

Fundraising Committee: This committee works to raise funds for Society activities and charitable organizations. Current fundraising activities include t-shirt sales and local restaurant benefits.

Initiation Committee: This committee advertises the organization, evaluates prospective members, and organizes the annual Induction Ceremony.

Psi Chi Applications

Applications for Psi-Chi are accepted in the fall and spring semesters. Deadlines are October 15th and February 15th, respectively. if the deadline falls on a weekend, applications will be due the following Monday. The online Psi Chi Application will be available in mid-September.

Psi Chi Officer Positions

President: Nate Kohlenberg
Vice President: Melissa Ertl
Secretary/Treasurer: Marina Dubovis
Brown Bag Chair: Ross Luo
Initiation Chair: Emily Fisher
Community Service Chair: Lynnsey Erickson
Fundraising Chair: Rachel Shapiro
Newsletter Chair: Katharine Place


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