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Psi Chi Honor Society

Psi Chi is the international honor society in psychology. It was founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, as well as advancing the science of psychology. Psi Chi has grown into one of the largest and most successful honor societies in the world, with over 1,000 chapters located at university campuses throughout the world. Membership in Psi Chi is recognized as an important accomplishment by employers, graduate schools, and government organizations.

Membership Requirements

Students who are eligible for membership will be invited to join once a year in the fall semester. To qualify for Psi Chi, students must meet the following criteria (as of May in the year preceding the induction):

Undergraduate Students

  • Must be enrolled as a student at NSU;
  • Must have established a GPA at NSU;
  • Must be at least a second-semester sophomore at NSU;
  • Must be enrolled as a major or minor in psychology at NSU;
  • Must have completed at least 9 credit hours of psychology courses at NSU;
  • Must have an overall GPA that is in the top 35 percent of their class based on rankings within sophomore, within junior, and within senior classes;
  • Must have an overall GPA that is at least 3.30 on a 4.00 scale;
  • Must have a GPA in psychology classes that is at least 3.30 on a 4.00 scale;
  • Transfer students must meet the requirements listed above and have completed one semester at NSU by May of the year preceding induction, to establish a GPA and complete 9 credit hours of psychology courses at NSU.

Graduate Students

  • Must be enrolled as a graduate student in psychology at NSU;
  • Must have established a GPA at NSU;
  • Must have an overall GPA of at least 3.70 on a 4.00 scale in all graduate courses including psychology courses;
  • Transfer students must meet the requirements listed above and have completed one semester at NSU by May of the year preceding induction to establish a GPA.

If you believe you have met the above requirements, but did not receive an email invitation to join Psi Chi by the end of September, please contact Weylin Sternglanz, Ph.D., associate professor, at sterngla@nova.edu.

Recognition

Students who qualify for Psi Chi are invited to an induction ceremony to recognize their outstanding academic achievement. Students receive a certificate and card certifying membership. Students may choose to purchase a Psi Chi Stole to wear at Commencement. The induction ceremony takes place each winter.

Membership Benefits

  • International Academic Recognition
  • Eligibility for Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships
  • Resume Distinction
  • Networking
  • Lifetime Membership

For more information about Psi Chi, visit the international organization's web site (which will take you out of the college website).

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