The purposes of Psi Chi are to recognize outstanding students in psychology, to encourage excellence in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. The University of Dayton chapter of Psi Chi was installed on May 2, 1959, thus making it one of the older chapters of this organization. The national web site for Psi Chi provides a wealth of information and services including past articles from the new magazine Eye on Psi Chi, its predecessor, the Psi Chi Newsletter, and abstracts from the Psi Chi Journal. Information about awards and grants eligibility to Psi Chi members is available also.
Psi Chi annually sponsors activities which typically include the following: faculty presentations on thinking about and applying to graduate school; faculty and community member presentations on areas of psychology and careers in psychology; trips to local agencies; a student discussion on choosing courses and instructors; a member initiation event; and other social events including fund raisers.
Membership in Psi Chi is open to students with the following qualifications: (a) registration for a major or minor in psychology with completion of at least 3 semesters of college work, (b) completion of 9 semester hours in psychology with a minimum GPA in psychology of 3.0, and (c) a class rank in the upper 35% of one's class in general scholarship (i.e., overall GPA).
Students who meet the above qualifications can apply for membership. Membership in Psi Chi is highly recommended for students who are interested in pursuing a career or further education in psychology. Information about the Psi Chi honorary society is available from any of the officers of the organization or from the current faculty co-advisors. An events calendar, which includes officer's names and phone numbers, is usually available outside of the Psychology Department office, St. Joseph Hall Room 329.