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.

Minutes of Psi Chi meeting and workshop

Hey everyone, this month we had a Psi Chi/UPO panel (faculty perspectives on applying to graduate school) and a workshop on preparing CVs and personal statements.  Unfortunately there was a miscommunication on the faculty panel meeting and minutes were not taken.  As this is a topic we do every year I have posted the minutes for the same meeting from the last two years HERE and HERE.  For the workshop, Celeste went over things based on CVs and Writing an Application Essay.  You can find that material HERE and HERE 

Research Night - Summary of Opportunities

Hey everyone, thanks to everyone who came out for research night yesterday. The summary of research opportunities that were presented can be found HERE.  

Important Dates and Announcements

A few important dates and announcements for Psi Chi and UPO as we begin the 2015-2016 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.

Please take a moment to review this information to see the meeting dates and topics for this term, in addition to our new initiatives.

1) Psi Chi/UPO meetings take place the first Monday of every month at 4pm (due to Labor Day, our first meeting of the term will be September 14th) and are tentatively scheduled to take place in 79 Burnett.  The first meeting of this term is our annual Research Night in which Psychology faculty and graduate students who are looking for lab volunteers will give brief presentations on what they do and what they are looking for in a student.  This is a great way to find out about how you can get involved in research at the university which is an important aspect of your education, especially if you're hoping to attend graduate school.  Our meeting schedule for the rest of the term is as follows:

2) In addition to our monthly meeting, we are going to introduce two more specialized workshops each term.  These are open to everyone but may be of greater interest to a subset of students.  The workshop schedule for this term is as follows

October 26: Workshop on dos and don'ts for putting together a CV and/or personal statement for graduate school
November 23: TBA

3) For the foreseeable future (as long as it remains cost effective), we're going to have food and drinks at our monthly meetings (another advisory board initiative)

4) We are also looking into potentially doing a fun fundraising activity each term, be on the look out for announcements in that regard.

  • 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:

    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.

    2014-2015 Advisor and Officers

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    Faculty Academic Advisor: Mike Dodd

    Psi Chi and UPO President: Michael Wenzl

    Psi Chi and UPO Vice President: Victoria Bayer

    Psi Chi Secretary - Drew McGrath

    UPO Secretary - Dana Norris

    Psi Chi Treasurer - Ryan Kirkpatrick

    UPO Treasurer - Ashley Neeley

  • Related Links and Resources

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    Psi Chi: The National Honor Society

    American Psychological Association

    American Psychological Society

    Your Complete Guide to Psychology Societies on the Net

    Psychology Careers