Important Organizations for Students
As a Psychology Major you are part of a special group of students. And one of the ways that students with your unique set of interests get together is through the Psychology Club and the Psi Chi Honor Society. Together, these clubs organize events which involve academic, career and social interests. Information about these clubs can be obtained in the department office. Additional Information is listed below.
American Psychological Association Graduate Student Association (APAGS)
APAGS is the home for graduate student concerns within the APA. APAGS was established to promote the highest standards in the research, teaching, and practice of psychology in order to further the education and development of all students involved in the study of psychology; represent all graduate study specialties of psychology, and facilitate exchange of information between these groups; promote graduate student leadership development in order to communicate and advocate the concerns of graduate students; and establish and maintain channels of communication between APAGS and schools, universities, training centers, institutions, and other members of the psychological community.
APAGS Office 750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242
American Psychological Society Student Caucus
According to its bylaws, the purpose of this organization is to be a representative body of the student affiliates of the American Psychological Society. As such, the APS Student Caucus (hereafter, APSSC) is committed to the goals of that organization which are to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, and the improvement of human welfare. Further, the caucus seeks to enhance the professional development of its members and improve the education of the science of psychology.
Psi Chi: The National Honor Society in Psychology
Psi Chi was 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 priorities. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS). Psi Chi's sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. Psi Chi serves two major goals--one immediate and visibly rewarding to the individual member, the other slower and more difficult to accomplish, but offering greater rewards in the long run. Chapters make active attempts to nourish and stimulate professional growth through programs designed to augment and enhance the regular curriculum and to provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter. In addition, the national organization provides programs to help achieve these goals, including national and regional conventions held annually in conjunction with the psychological associations, research award competitions, and certificate recognition programs.