Welcome to the Drexel University Chapter of Psi Chi website!
Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and advancing the field of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate students 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 and the American Psychological Society. Psi Chi's sister honor society is Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology for Community and Junior Colleges.
Psi Chi functions as a federation of chapters at more than 875 senior colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. The national office is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A National Council, composed of psychologists who are Psi Chi members elected by chapters, guide the affairs of the organization and set policies with the approval of chapters.
Psi Chi serves two major goals. The first is the Society's obligation to provide academic recognition to its inductees by the mere fact of membership. The second goal is to encourage the growth of psychology through members' participation in psychology-related activities. For example, chapters make active attempts to nourish and stimulate professional growth through programs designed to augment and enhance 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. The Society also publishes a quarterly magazine, Eye on Psi Chi, which helps to unite the members as well as to inform and recognize their contributions and accomplishments.
The aims of Psi Chi are summarized in two Greek words: Psyche, suggesting "mind" or scholarship, symbolizes enrichment of the mind; Chi, meaning "hands," symbolizes fellowship and research.
Students become members by joining the chapter at the school where they are enrolled. Psi Chi chapters are operated by student officers and faculty advisors. Together they select and induct the members and carry out the goals of the Society. All chapters register their inductees at the national office, where the membership records are preserved for reference purposes. The total number of memberships preserved at the national office during the first 66 years is over 187,000. Many of these members have gone on to achieve distinguished careers in psychology.
Click here for the official Psi Chi National website.