Psi Chi and Undergraduate Psychology Organization (UPO)

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UPO is the Undergraduate Psychology Organization, which holds monthly meetings of interest to Psychology major/minors.  Membership in UPO is open to everyone.  UPO has one-time membership dues of $10.

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 February). 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.


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Meetings are generally held 1-2 times per month during the academic year.  We usually meet Mondays at 4 PM, room 79 Burnett Hall.  A detailed schedule of events is below.
Upcoming Events (Spring 2018)

Careers in Psychology: Corrections

Monday, March 5th, 4-5pm in Burnett 79

At least 95 percent of state prison inmates will return to their communities after serving a sentence (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2018).  How can psychology help inmates, families, communities, and the criminal justice system function better?  Come learn about how a background in psychology can lead to a career in corrections as we hear from Dr. Cynthia Miller, Clinical Psychology Supervisor, and Caleb Larson, Housing Unit Manager, at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.


Annual meeting: Elections & voting on Teacher of the Year

Monday, March 26th, 4-5pm in Burnett 79 (note date change!)

Help shape the future of UPO and Psi Chi!  Come to our annual meeting for officer nominations and elections (self-nominations welcome).  Vote for the annual Teacher of the Year award for the psychology department.  We will also vote on changes to both groups’ constitutions.


Graduate School: General GRE & Psychology GRE

Monday, April 2nd, 4-5pm in Burnett 79

Most graduate programs require applicants to take—and achieve a particular score on—the general GRE.  Many programs also require the psychology subject GRE.  In this session, Courtney McClellan from UNL’s Career Services office will discuss both tests and give strategies for studying and doing your very best.


2018 Psychology Department Awards Celebration

Monday, April 9th, 3:30-5pm in City Campus Union - Colonial Room (Note location change!)

You are cordially invited to attend the 2018 Psychology Department Awards Celebration.  New Psi Chi members will be inducted, and we will recognize the recipients of this year’s Levine Diversity Enhancement Award, Harry K. Wolfe Award, Donald D. Jensen Award, Psychology Teacher of the Year Award, and Graduate Student Teaching Awards. There will be cake and refreshments and the opportunity to celebrate with your fellow psychology majors and faculty.  If you have questions, please contact


Resources from Past Events

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Graduate School Preparation

Grad school application process & timeline

Date: 2/5/2018

Speakers: Courtney McClellan from UNL’s Career Services office, Jessica Glass, a current MS student in marriage & family therapy at UNL, and Jessie Semmens, a current clinical psychology PhD student at UNL.  Career Service's website:

Presentation handout HERE.


Grad school curriculum vitae (CV) workshop

Date: 10/23/2017

Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Brown-Kramer, UNL Assistant Professor of Practice in Psychology and Psi Chi/UPO faculty advisor (

Presentation handout HERE.  Sample CVs HERE, HERE, and HERE.


Grad school personal statement workshop

Date: 11/6/2017

Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Brown-Kramer, UNL Assistant Professor of Practice in Psychology and Psi Chi/UPO faculty advisor (

Presentation handout HERE.  Sample personal statements HERE, HERE, and HERE.


Faculty and graduate student perspectives on graduate school

Date: 11/9/16

Speakers: UNL psychology department faculty members and current graduate students

Minutes HERE.

Career Exploration

What can I do with a degree in psychology?

Date: 10/2/2017

Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Brown-Kramer, UNL Assistant Professor of Practice in Psychology and Psi Chi/UPO faculty advisor (

Presentation handout HERE.


Careers in Forensic Psychology

Date: 3/28/17

Speaker: Dr. Mario Scalora, UNL Professor of Psychology and nationally recognized scholar and expert in forensic psychology

Minutes HERE.


Careers in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Date: 3/1/2017

Speaker: Dr. Roni Reiter-Palmon, professor and director of the I/O psychology program at UNO (

Minutes HERE.  Dr. Reiter-Palmon's presentation HERE.  


Panel: Psychology careers beyond the university

Date: 12/5/16


  • 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.

Academic Enrichment

Spring 2018 Research Opportunities (Research Night)

Date: 1/28/2018

Various speakers from psychology and related disciplines.  Handout of current undergraduate research assistant opportunities HERE.


Planning an Education Abroad Experience

Date: 11/27/2017

Speaker: Haley French-Sloan from UNL's Education Abroad office (

Presentation handout HERE.

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 Constitution

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.

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 International Honor Society Membership:

Psi Chi Membership Applications will be accepted twice a year, in fall and spring semesters. 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 and 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.

  • Second-semester sophomore standing or higher
  • 9 credit hours of psychology completed, including at least 3 hours at UNL
  • 3.5 overall GPA (for completed courses only)
  • 3.0 GPA for all completed psychology courses

Did you join Psi Chi 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 academic 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 one-time dues of $10 to the Treasurer at any meeting and you will be added to our distribution list for members.

2017-2018 Advisor and Officers

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  • Faculty Academic Advisor: Carolyn Brown-Kramer (Dr. BK)
  • Psi Chi and UPO President: Lexi Hartman
  • Psi Chi and UPO Vice President: Shelby Wachal
  • Psi Chi Secretary: Tyler Cully
  • UPO Secretary: Daisy Ortiz
  • Psi Chi Treasurer: Becca Sehnert
  • UPO Treasurer: Mary Kincheloe
  • Advisory Board members: Madi Edwards, Amanda Nelson, Shaylee Schroeder, Sarah Stepanek

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