Students become members by joining the chapter at the school where they are enrolled. Psi Chi chapters are operated by student officers and faculty advisers. Together they select and induct the members and carry out the goals of the society. Anyone interested in joining Psi Chi should take the initiative and contact the faculty adviser (Dr. Timothy Donahue).
All chapters register their inductees at the Psi Chi National Office, where the membership records are preserved for reference purposes. The total number of memberships registered at the Central Office is now over 500,000 lifetime members.
Any chapter may establish minimum scholastic requirements that are higher than the national minimum qualifications.
Membership in Psi Chi is open to qualified candidates of any age, sex, sexual orientation, race, handicap or disability, color, religion, and national and ethnic origin.
The intrinsic value of membership is rewarding to the achiever in that recognition of excellence leads to self-fulfillment and thus to self-realization. By recognizing that what you do does make a difference, you are stimulated to higher productivity. Accomplishments are enjoyed more when shared with others.
Concrete advantages of membership include:
A culmination of the benefits mentioned above is knowing that many individuals — by their caring, dedication, perseverance and hard work — have made it possible to encourage young persons interested in psychology to strive for excellence.
The ultimate test of the value of any membership organization lies in the accomplishments of its members. In each year of Psi Chi's history, more and more members have undertaken graduate studies. Now in its 67th year, Psi Chi is well represented in the professional ranks of all the behavioral sciences. The membership directories of the American Psychological Association (APA) and American Psychological Society (APS) are studded with the names of Psi Chi members, both active and alumni.
If you would like to join Psi Chi and meet the membership requirements, please complete the following steps:
The membership fee includes a personalized certificate of membership, newsletters, and a reception in your honor following the induction ceremony. There are no annual dues or other fees.
The induction ceremony and reception to acknowledge your achievements will be held each spring. However, you may apply at any time and membership decisions are made throughout the academic year. Those who are unable to attend the induction ceremony will be able to pick up their membership materials later.
If you have any questions please contact Dr. Timothy Donahue, Psi Chi faculty adviser.