What is Psi Chi?
Psi Chi is the International 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 Association for Psychological Science (APS). UNCW’s Chapter of Psi Chi encourages members to engage and present research to advance psychology. This chapter also supports many local charities and strives to involve members in community outreach.
What does Psi Chi do?
Psi Chi holds bimonthly meetings in order to discuss what charities to support and what events to participate in, volunteer opportunities and any other topics that are relevant. Psi Chi holds weekly bake sales and uses their weekly bake sales to help raise money for various charities and to fund their yearly induction ceremony. The inductions are held in the spring each academic year where all new members to Psi Chi are formally inducted into the organization.
Psi Chi invites psychology faculty who are looking for students to work in their labs to come and talk about what DIS is and what their labs do. This encourages students to participate in research and make it easy for students to get involved. Each semester, Psi Chi additionally holds Grad Night in order to discuss the steps for applying to graduate school. During this particular meeting, we discuss GRE preparation, recommendation letters, and personal statements. We often have current graduate students, or faculty to come in and talk about the application process.
Organizations UNC-Wilmington Psi Chi has supported in the past include: NAMI, Open Gate, Active Minds, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, International Rhett Syndrome Foundation, Carolina Canines, Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program, Easter Seals UCP, Boys and Girls Club, Good Sheperd Ministries, Relay for Life.
Each Month Psi Chi chooses a community service event to participate in. The following are some of the events from the past year: Strollathon for Rhett Syndrome, Light the Night, Alzheimer’s Walk, NAMI Walk for Awareness, Young at Heart Dance, Walk for Those Who Can’t, Relay for Life, Walk With Me, the Angel Tree Program, Battle of the Brains, Shack-A-Thon, UNC-W Gives, the Thanksgiving Food Drive.