Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, has approved a Hobart and William Smith Colleges chapter. HWS will hold an installation ceremony for the chapter’s first members this spring.
“Having a Psi Chi chapter at HWS will allow our psychology students to receive special recognition for their hard work within the field,” says Assistant Professor of Psychology Jamie Bodenlos, the chapter’s faculty adviser. “Being a Psi Chi member also opens up opportunities for them to connect with psychology students on a national and international level and there are several awards and grants that they are now eligible to apply for.”
In order to be inducted into Psi Chi, students must be enrolled as a major or minor in the psychology program, have completed at least three semesters or equivalent of the college course and at least nine semester hours (or equivalent) of psychology courses; have an overall GPA in the top 35 percent of their class (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale) and a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in psychology courses.
According to the society, its purpose is “to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of psychology.” It notes many of its members have gone on to distinguished careers in psychology, including several presidents of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS), numerous national and international award winners, and various other renowned research psychologists, authors, professors and practitioners.
Psi Chi has more than 1,120 chapters located at college and university campuses throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Barbados, Egypt, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Chapters recognize academic achievement by granting membership in the society. Additionally, they are responsible for sponsoring programs and activities which enhance the curriculum; providing an outlet for community service; and creating the opportunity for practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter.
The international organization bestows several regional and society research awards, sponsors diverse programs at regional and national psychological association conventions, and publishes the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.
The HWS chapter of Psi Chi will become part of the Eastern region.