Psi Chi

Psi Chi is an international honor society in psychology.  The name Psi Chi comes from the Greek words "psyche" and "cheries" which respectively imply "mind" and "hands;" in this way, Psi Chi is a psychology fellowship with the following purpose and mission adapted from the Psi Chi website:

Purpose Statement

Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

Mission Statement

The mission of Psi Chi is to produce a well-educated, ethical, and socially responsible member committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general.  In pursuit of our mission we will:

  • advance the science and profession of psychology
  • promote an educational experience consistent with the mission
  • promote ethical and socially responsible members and leaders
  • define and establish an organizational structure that promotes our mission
  • recognize and foster the contributions that diversity makes to the science and practice of psychology

Eligibility Requirements

Psi Chi is different than a club in that students are invited to become members if they meet certain requirements:

  • be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program or a program psychological in nature
  • have completed at least 3 semesters or equivalent of full-time college coursework
  • have completed at least 9 semester hours or equivalent of psychology courses
  • have earned a cumulative GPA that is in the top 35% of their class (sophomore, junior, or senior) compared to their classmates across the entire university or the college that houses psychology (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale)2
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology courses

If you have been invited to become a member of Psi Chi, you may apply here. 

If you are a member of Psi Chi, you may purchase honors cords to be worn as part of your graduation regalia during commencement. 

If you have any questions about Psi Chi, please contact faculty advisor Dr. Skalski, current President Pam Ward, Vice President Anne Westerman, Secretary Hilda Aveja, Treasurer Nicholas Moallem, or other members.    


Department Information

Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Joel Lynch, Ph.D.