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HWS Establishes Psi Chi Chapter

A new chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, has been established at Hobart and William Smith, welcoming 29 top students from the Colleges to the organization during a recent Psi Chi Installation Ceremony and First Induction held on campus.

The elected officers appointed at the induction ceremony include Rachael Smith ’15, who will serve as president; Alexandra Welych-Miller ’15, who will serve as vice president; Emma Coppola ’15, who will serve as secretary; and Cydney Chibnall ’15 who will serve as treasurer. Melissa Ghera, an adjunct HWS psychology professor and interim chair of the psychology department at St. John Fisher College, served as installing officer at the ceremony.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Jamie Bodenlos says establishing a Psi Chi chapter at HWS will come with many benefits.

“It is important for our department so that our top students can get international recognition for their accomplishments and have the opportunity to secure funding for research or travel to conferences and network with other members of Psi Chi,” Bodenlos says. “It will increase our students’ competitiveness with their applications for graduate school and jobs.”

At the recent ceremony, the following HWS students also were inducted into the newly formed Psi Chi chapter at HWS:

Peter Bolte ’14, Alexandra Bowser ’14, Morgan Caudill ’14, Jiaqi Chang ’14, Katherine Drinkwater ’15, Amanda Faherty ’15,  Kara Gengarelly ’14, Olivia Hanno ’15, Kaitlin Hastings ’14, Courtney Holt ’15,  Emily Janik ’16, Jessiva Kemp ’15, Andrew Malordy ’14, Margaret Manko ’14, Aubreyanne Mayrsohn ’15, Margaret McConnell ’14, Taylor Milbrath ’14, Margaret O’Brien ’14, Julia Palmer ’15, Michelle Preston ’14, Clover Quigley ’15, Dylan Rawlins ’16, Shani Saul ’15, Ariel Schonfeld ’14, Kathryn Strang ’16, Emily Surprenant ’15,  Elizabeth Szwejbka ’14, Brynna Trumpetto ’14, and Emilie Westhoff ’15. 

To begin its own Psi Chi chapter, HWS had to submit an extensive application that required there be an active Psychology Club for a least one year, and could demonstrate that students would be involved and committed to maintaining an active chapter.

To be inducted into Psi Chi, a student must be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program (or a program psychological in nature), have completed at least three semesters or equivalent of the college courses, have completed at least nine semester hours (or equivalent) of psychology courses, have earned an overall GPA that is in the top 35 percent of their class in general scholarship (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale) and have a minimum 3.0 GPA in psychology courses.

In the photo above, Melissa Ghera, of the psychology department at St. John’s Fisher College (left) inducts Kaitlin Hastings’14 into Psi Chi.