Psi Chi and UPO

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This year's meetings will be held Mondays at 4 PM, room 79 Burnett Hall, typically the first Monday of the month.  Note that Fall 2016 we will also hold two specialized workshops as detailed below.
Fall 2016 Meetings

Research night: Current research opportunities in the Department of Psychology

Monday Sept. 12th, 4pm in Burnett 79

Want to learn about psychological research “behind the scenes”?  Want to help faculty members and graduate students conduct cutting-edge psychological research?  Want some experience before you conduct your own research project?  We are looking for you!  Handout HERE.

What can I do with a degree in psychology?

Monday Oct. 3rd, 4pm in Burnett 79

Explore career and educational possibilities with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  Led by Celeste Spier, Associate Director of Career Services at CBA.  Minutes HERE; Slides from Celeste HERE.

Workshop: Writing a CV for graduate school

Wednesday October 19th, 4pm in Burnett 79

Do you know how a curriculum vitae (CV) is different from a resume?  Learn what you can do to make your CV stand out from the crowd at this workshop.  If you have a CV you are working on, bring it for feedback.  Minutes HERE; Slides from Dr. Brown-Kramer HERE.

Faculty and graduate student perspectives on graduate school

Wednesday November 9th, 4pm in Burnett 79

Hear from psychology department faculty members and current graduate students to get the low-down on what graduate school is really like.  Bring your questions and be prepared to hear both sides of the story.

Minutes HERE.

Workshop: Writing a strong personal statement for graduate school

Wednesday November 16th, 4pm in Burnett 77 [NOTE ROOM CHANGE!]

A personal statement is one of the most important parts of your graduate school application.  We will discuss what makes a personal statement successful… or not.  Bring your questions and your own personal statement, if you have one.  Slides from Dr. Brown-Kramer HERE.

Panel: Psychology careers beyond the university

Monday December 5th, 4pm in Burnett 79

A group of panelists will discuss their experiences in psychology-related careers outside of the university setting.  This is a great opportunity to explore some of the things you can do with a psychology degree and to ask questions of people who have traveled many different paths to where they are today.  Learn what you can start doing now to improve your career success after graduation.  This event is for students at all levels—first years through seniors! 

Panelists included:

  • Samantha Alfaro, talent acquisition associate with ReSourcePro
  • Katie Bevins, school psychologist with Lincoln Public Schools
  • Ashley Grundmayer, licensed independent mental health practitioner with UNL's Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Jaydon McDonald, law clerk for the Nebraska Supreme Court
  • Dr. Brett Woods, sports psychologist for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The video of the panel can be found HERE.  Minutes of the meeting are HERE.

Important Announcements

A few important dates and announcements for Psi Chi and UPO as we begin the 2016-2017 year:

UPO is the Undergraduate Psychology Organization, which holds monthly meetings of interest to Psychology major/minors.  Membership in UPO is open to everyone.  UPO dues are $10 annually.

Psi Chi is the psychology honor society open to psychology majors and minors who meet specific academic criteria.  We put out a call for Psi Chi membership applications each semester (typically in October and March). Psi Chi has one-time membership dues of $65.

Meetings of the two organizations are open to anyone regardless of whether you are a member of either organization, but membership in each organization conveys additional benefits so we encourage you to officially join one or both groups.

  • Our History

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    "The purpose of this organization shall be primarily to advance the science of psychology; and secondly to encourage, stimulate, and maintain scholarship of the individual members in all academic fields, particularly in psychology."

    Psi Chi was founded Sept. 4, 1942 at the 9th International Congress of Psychology. The Congress, held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut began with 22 universities and colleges as charter members. The Psi Chi chapter at the University of Nebraska was among the charter members of the national organization -- recognized as the 8th chapter initiated overall.

    Psi Chi began primarily as an organization for those students in psychology who were working on research projects. The students in individual chapters would get together and discuss various topics of research. Since then Psi Chi has grown to serve many other functions in the field of psychology, such as community service and educational projects. The national chapter still recognizes excellence in research through nationwide graduate and undergraduate research competitions and awards. Since 1929, Psi Chi has expanded greatly. With over 800 chapters and thousands of members, Psi Chi is one of the largest and most respected honor societies in the country.

    “The Undergraduate Psychology Organization (UPO) is an information organization sponsored by students for students interested in psychology. By sponsoring various activities, UPO promotes interest in psychology outside the traditional classroom setting. You do not need to be a psychology major or minor to take part in UPO's activities” ( College of Arts and Sciences, 2002).

    During the 2002-2003 academic school year, Psi Chi and UPO joined forces to better serve the needs of psychology students at UNL. Although students are able to officially hold membership in one or both organizations, all meetings and events are held together in order to maintain a larger group to provide social and academic opportunities to all students who are interested in psychology.

    Membership Requirements

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    Psi Chi Honor Society Membership:

    Psi Chi Membership Applications will be accepted twice a year, in October and March. Watch the weekly announcements from the psychology advising office for the call for applications.

    Applications are completed online; the link will be distributed with the call for applications.  At the time you submit your application, you must pay one-time dues of $65 ($55 national dues + $10 local dues) to the Psychology Department office in room 238 Burnett.  Please make your check out to "Psi Chi". You may provide cash if it is within a sealed envelope. You will be notified via email when your application is accepted. Applications that are received late or that are incomplete will be considered for the next induction process the following semester.  All new inductees from fall or spring each academic year will be recognized at the annual induction ceremony in April.

    Requirements for membership in the UNL chapter are as follows.  NOTE: Requirements may vary from chapter to chapter, so they are different for UNL from what is listed on the national application form.

    • Sophomore standing or higher
    • 12 credit hours of psychology completed -OR- 9 hrs completed and currently enrolled in 3 credit hours
    • 3.0 overall GPA (for completed courses only)
    • 3.0 GPA for all completed psychology courses

    Did you join Psi Chi last year but not attend the initiation ceremony? If so, you can pick up your certificate and pin from Dr. Brown-Kramer in 221 Burnett. Certificates not claimed by the end of the following school year after initiation will be discarded.

    Even if you are not yet a member, we encourage you to attend our meetings at any time.

    Undergraduate Psychology Organization (UPO) Membership:

    Anyone can join UPO -- there are no GPA or credit hour restrictions, and even non-psychology majors are welcome to join. Simply pay the annual dues of $10 to the UPO Treasurer at any meeting and you will be added to our distribution list for members.

    2016-2017 Advisor and Officers

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    Faculty Academic Advisor: Carolyn Brown-Kramer (Dr. BK)

    Psi Chi and UPO President: Megan Manheim

    Psi Chi and UPO Vice President: Jessica Glass

    Psi Chi Secretary: Sarah Moody

    UPO Secretary: Lexi Hartman

    Psi Chi Treasurer: Shelby Wachal

    UPO Treasurer: Becca Sehnert

Pictured (left to right): Jessica Glass, Sarah Moody, Megan Manheim, Becca Sehnert, Lexi Hartman, Dr. Brown-Kramer

Not pictured: Shelby Wachal