Psi Chi and UPO at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Now accepting applications for Psi Chi membership (updated February 6, 2013)

Applications are being accepted for Psi Chi membership between now and March 15th.  Please read the following to download the application forms, find out about the benefits of membership, and find out how to apply.

Applications: The application form can be downloaded HERE.  This application should be completed and placed in a sealed envelope, along with a check for $55 ($45 national dues and $10 chapter dues - each of these is a one time only payment) made out to Psi Chi.  The envelope should be placed in Mike Dodd's faculty mailbox (Mike is the faculty advisor for Psi Chi) which can be accessed from the main Psych office (238 Burnett)

Once inducted into Psi Chi, you are eligible to 1) wear the graduation regalia, 2) participate in undergraduate/graduate research award and grant programs, 3) present research papers/posters at Society annual and regional conventions, 4) submit reseaarch for publication in the Psi Chi journal, and 5) subscribe to Psi Chi's online magazine Eye on Psi Chi.  Details on this and additional benefits can be found at www.psichi.org

Membership criteria: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they meet Psi Chi's membership criteria.  A full listing of these criteria and further information about becoming a member can be found at http://www.psichi.org/About/becomember.aspx

Any additional questions about membership and the application process can be directed to Mike Dodd at mdodd2@unl.edu

Note from the February 4th Psi Chi meeting featuring speakers from UNO's Industrial/Organizational Program, NWU's Forensic Program, and UNL's Neuroscience and Behavior Program
 

On February 4th the focus of our meeting was on programs of interest to psychology undergraduates which are either not available here at UNL or still in their infancy.  Our thanks go out to Roni Reiter-Palmon (UNO I/O), Gary Plank (NWU Forensic) and Caitlin Hudac (UNL Neuroscience) for speaking and answering questions about their respective programs.  Thanks also to Caitlin Eis for preparing the minutes for the meeting, which can be found HERE

Psi Chi meeting schedule for 2013 including a welcome back party on January 14th!!!!!!!

To kick off our spring meetings, next week we will have a welcome back party at Yia Yia's (1423 O. Street, right next to the Bourbon Theatre).  The party will be between 4:00 and 5:30 pm.  We'll cover the cost of food, non-alcoholic drinks, and pool for anyone that wants to play.  Please join us.  Our remaining meetings will be the first Monday of every month at 4 pm in Burnett 79.  Those meetings will be as follows.

February 4th: Information on various graduate programs and career paths that are not readily available at UNL (e.g. Industrial Organizational Psychology, Forensic Science)

March 4th: Work and volunteer opportunities at the University and surround area

April 1st: New Office elections

 
Notes from the December 3rd Psi Chi Meeting featuring speakers from the McNair, UCARE, Teach for America, REU and Thesis programs

On December 3rd, McNair Scholars Representative Carol Boehler (along with students Michelle and Maggie), UCARE representative Melissa, Teach for America representative Angela and Psi Chi Faculty Supervisor (Mike Dodd) spoke on a variety of funding and research opportunities available to undergraduates.  We thank everyone for attending and participating and notes from the meeting can be found here (thanks to Maggie Schauer for preparing them) NOTES

 

Notes from the November 5th Psi Chi Meeting featuring graduate student perspectives on graduate school

On November 5th, UNL graduate students Mark Mills (Cognitive), Jill Allen (Social), Heidi Fleharty (Developmental), Natashia Swalve (Neuroscience and Behavior), Grant Shulman (Clinical) and Andrea Avila (Law Psych) gave insight into, and answered questions regarding, the graduate school experience.  These ranged from application tips to day-to-day life of being a graduate student.  We thank everyone for attending and participating.  Here are the notes from the meeting (thanks to Brooke Spence for preparing them) NOTES

Notes from the October 8th Psi Chi Meeting featuring faculty perspectives on graduate school

On October 8th, UNL faculty members Tim Nelson and Jeff Stevens came to the Psi Chi/UPO meeting to give insight into--and answer questions relating to--graduate school (e.g. the application process, what one looks for in a student, etc.).  We had a great turnout and thank them both for their participation.  Here are the notes from the meeting for those interested (thanks to Maggie Schauer for preparing them). NOTES

Now accepting applications for Psi Chi membership (updated Oct 1, 2012)

Applications are being accepted for Psi Chi membership between now and November 19th.  Please read the following to download the application forms, find out about the benefits of membership, and find out how to apply.

Applications: The application form can be downloaded HERE.  This application should be completed and placed in a sealed envelope, along with a check for $55 ($45 national dues and $10 chapter dues - each of these is a one time only payment) made out to Psi Chi.  The envelope should be placed in Mike Dodd's faculty mailbox (Mike is the faculty advisor for Psi Chi) which can be accessed from the main Psych office (238 Burnett)

Once inducted into Psi Chi, you are eligible to 1) wear the graduation regalia, 2) participate in undergraduate/graduate research award and grant programs, 3) present research papers/posters at Society annual and regional conventions, 4) submit reseaarch for publication in the Psi Chi journal, and 5) subscribe to Psi Chi's online magazine Eye on Psi Chi.  Details on this and additional benefits can be found at www.psichi.org

Membership criteria: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they meet Psi Chi's membership criteria.  A full listing of these criteria and further information about becoming a member can be found at http://www.psichi.org/About/becomember.aspx

Any additional questions about membership and the application process can be directed to Mike Dodd at mdodd2@unl.edu

 

Psi Chi Research Night

 Thanks to everyone who made it out to research night.  We had a great turnout of undergraduates eager to get involved in research and a number of faculty and graduate students to took the time to highlight many of the projects currently being conducted in their labs that are open to volunteer RAs.  A complete list of all of the opportunities available to students can be found HERE (Updated 9/10/12).  I will continue to add new opportunities as they come in and place them at the top of the listings.

Meeting Minutes

 
Meetings

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This Year's Meetings will be held Mondays at 4 PM, room 79 Burnett Hall:

  • September 10 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 8 at 4 PM in room 79 Burnett: Faculty perspective on preparing for graduate school

  • November 5 at 4 PM in room 79 Burnett: Graduate student perspective on preparing for graduate schoo

  • December 3 at 4 PM in room 79 Burnett: UCARE, Honor's Theses, and the McNair Program

Previous Meetings:

  • April 4: Officer Elections - congrats to our new officers!

  • April 25: Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony and 2011-2012 Psi Chi Induction at 3:30 in the Regency Room of the Union

  • March 7: Graduate Student Panel: What's it really like? What should I know about the application process? - Meeting Minutes

  • February 1: Internship and volunteer opportunities in the community -- come hear from these organizations about current opportunities - Meeting Minutes
  • December 7: CV Workshop: What to include (and what not to include)
  • November 2: What can (and can't) I do with a bachelor's or master's degree? Celete Spier will share information and answer questions.
  • October 5: What is UCARE and how do I get involved?
  • September 7: Undergraduate opportunities for getting involved in faculty research

    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 2012. At that time, instructions and an application form that you must complete on your computer will bee available here. Please print only the completed application form.

    Completed applications along with one-time dues of $55 ($45 national dues + $10 local dues) should be returned to the Psi Chi mailbox in room 237 Burnett (bottom row, on the right). 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 25, 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:

    • Second-semester sophomore standing or higher
    • 12 credit hours of psychology completed -OR- 9 hrs completed and currently enrolled in 3 credit hours
    • 3.3 overall GPA (for completed courses only)
    • 3.5 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 the 235 Burnett Advising Office. 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 (Brooke Spence) at any meeting and you will be added to our distribution list for members.


    2011-2012 Advisor and Officers

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    Faculty Academic Advisor: Dr. Mike Dodd

    Psi Chi and UPO President: Maggie Gossard

    Psi Chi and UPO Vice President: Morgan Wilson

    Psi Chi Secretary: Caitlin Eis

    Psi Chi Treasurer and Organizational Liaison: Kate Brungardt

    UPO Secretary: April Riggs

    UPO Treasurer: Brooke Spence


    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