Parent Organization: Student Life
Our general meetings are held in the Psychology building on the third floor in the Goldman Library.
Undergraduate students shall have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of the college course, have completed nine semester hours or fourteen quarter hours of psychology courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in those courses, have registered for major or minor standing in psychology or for a program psychological in nature which is equivalent to such standings, rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship, and have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Graduate students shall have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all graduate courses, including psychology.
If assessed, active members shall pay chapter dues. Active members shall have the right to attend chapter meetings, to vote, to hold Society office, to be elected or appointed to committees of the Society and the chapters to which they belong, to receive the Psi Chi newsletter, and such other privileges as the Board of Directors may determine. Only active student members shall have the right to hold chapter office.
With over 1,000 chapters in U.S. colleges and universities, Psi Chi is the National Honor Society for Psychology. It was founded in 1929 for graduate and undergraduate students who strive to maintain academic excellence and advance the science of Psychology.
The scholarship of all Psi Chi members is valued. An official membership card and certificate are awarded to each member. Medals, honor cords, and stoles can be purchased to wear at graduation.
Psi Chi regularly publishes an informational magazine, Eye on Psi Chi, to keep members informed and to recognize student accomplishments. Psi Chi also publishes a quarterly journal of undergraduate research. All Psi Chi members are eligible to apply. Psi Chi offers many research awards and grants to members dedicated to the field. Additionally, Psi Chi hosts a number of events and conferences, giving students many opportunities to present their research while networking with professionals across the country. At UCR, Psi Chi offers guidance to its members in several areas.
Dr. Carolyn Murray, a professor in the area of Social/Personality Psychology is the faculty advisor. She provides many useful resources for students preparing for graduate school.
The Psi Chi chapter at UCR hosts many events to better equip students for success. Professors, graduate students, Clinical Psychologists, and guidance counselors from the Career Center represent some of the talented speakers who share their knowledge at Psi Chi events.
Psi Chi functions as a federation of chapters located at about 1,100 senior colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Ireland and New Zealand. The Central Office is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A Board of Directors, composed of psychologists who are Psi Chi members and are elected by the chapters, guides the affairs of the organization and sets policy with the approval of the chapters.
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 members' creative development. For example, the chapters make active attempts to nourish and stimulate professional growth through programs designed
How often does your student organization meet?
Two to three times (if not more) for each quarter.
What day and time does your student organization generally meet?
Thursdays from 7-8 PM
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