Psi Chi and UPO at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Minutes and Summary of Opportunities from Research Night
Thanks to everyone who attended our inaugural meeting this term, our annual Research Night in which faculty and graduate students presented information about their labs and the volunteer positions available. The summary of opportunities for those who missed the meeting or were there and did not get the contact information of the individuals they are interested in working with can be found HERE.
. I organized the opportunities in the order they were presented. You can also find meeting minutes through the year on the Psi Chi/UPO website, http://psychology.unl.edu/psichi/home, or on our new facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/UNLPsiChiUPO
Important Dates and Announcements
A few important dates and announcements for Psi Chi and UPO as we begin the 2014-2015 year
If you're not familiar with Psi Chi/UPO, they are Undergraduate Psychology Organizations (hence the spot on acronym) which hold monthly meetings of interest to Psychology major/minors (UPO is open to everyone, Psi Chi is an honors society and members must meet a specific criterion...the next call for membership will be October/November...UPO has annual dues of $10 and Psi Chi has a one time membership fee of $65...these meetings are open to all independent of whether you are a member of either organization). Please take a moment to review this information to see the meeting dates and topics for this term, in addition to our new initiatives.
This Year's Meetings will be held Mondays at 4 PM, room 79 Burnett Hall. Regular meetings take place the first Monday of the month. Note that this year we will also hold two specialized workshops as detailed below.
- September 8 at 4 PM in room 79 Burnett: Research Night -- Hear from Psychology faculty and grad students about current opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in Psychology research
- October 6 at 4 PM in room 79 Burnett: Faculty perspective on preparing for graduate school
- October 27 at 4 PM in room 79 Burnett: Workshop on dos and don'ts for putting together a CV and/or personal statement for graduate school
- November 3 at 4 PM in room 79 Burnett: Graduate student perspective on preparing for graduate schoo.
- November 17 at 4 PM in room 79 Burnett: Workshop covering the many areas of psychology that students may not be familiar with (e.g. options outside of clinical/counselling psychology) in addition to putting together a timeline for yourself to make you an attractive candidate for graduate school
- December 1 at 4 PM in room 79 Burnett: UCARE, Honor's Theses, REU and the McNair Program
"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.
Psi Chi Honor Society Membership:
The next opportunity to apply for Psi Chi membership will be October 2013. At that time, instructions and an application form that you must complete on your computer will be available here.
Completed applications along with one-time dues of $65 ($55 national dues + $10 local dues...please note that Psi Chi just raised their national dues to $55, hence the price increase...the local dues remain unchanged) should be returned to the Psi Chi mailbox in room 237 Burnett (bottom row, on the right) or to the mailbox of the Psi Chi Faculty Advisor Mike Dodd. 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. All new inductees from fall or spring each academic year will be recognized at the annual induction ceremony in April. Last year's ceremony was held in the Union (Regency Room) on Wednesday, April 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM.
Psi Chi Membership Applications will be accepted twice a year, in October and March. Requirements for membership in the UNL chapter are as follows.
NOTE: requirements may vary from chapter to chapter, so they are different for UNL than 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 222 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 anytime.
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 (Molly Kudym) at any meeting and you will be added to our distribution list for members.
Faculty Academic Advisor: Mike Dodd
Psi Chi and UPO President: Jordan Kugler
Psi Chi and UPO Vice President: Olivia Reinert-Gehman
Psi Chi Secretary: Kassie Guenther
Psi Chi Treasurer and Organizational Liaison:Deanna Pina
UPO Secretary: Terrence Huit
UPO Treasurer: Molly Kudym
Psi Chi/UPO Advisory Board: Melissa Baker, Ellen Dudley, Holly Smith