Psi Chi

Washington University in St. Louis Chapter

Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major or minor interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Psi Chi's sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges.

Psi Chi functions as a federation of chapters located at 1,000 senior colleges and universities in the USA. The National Office is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A National Council, composed of psychologists who are Psi Chi members and who are elected by the chapters, guides the affairs of the organization and sets policy with the approval of the chapters.

Psi Chi serves two major goals--one immediate and visibly rewarding to the individual member, the other slower and more difficult to accomplish, but offering greater rewards in the long run. The first of these is the Society's obligation to provide academic recognition to its inductees by the mere fact of membership. The second goal is the obligation of each of the Society's local chapters to nurture the spark of that accomplishment by offering a climate congenial to its creative development. For example, the chapters make active attempts to nourish and stimulate professional growth through programs designed to augment and enhance the regular curriculum and to provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter. In addition, the national organization provides programs to help achieve these goals, including national and regional conventions held annually in conjunction with the psychological associations, research award competitions, and certificate recognition programs.

The Society publishes a quarterly magazine, Eye on Psi Chi, which helps to unite the members, inform them and recognize their contributions and accomplishments. The quarterly Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, fosters and rewards the scholarly efforts of undergraduate psychology students and provides a valuable learning experience by introducing them to the publishing and review process.

Students become members by joining the chapter at the school where they are enrolled. Psi Chi chapters are operated by student officers and faculty advisors. Together they select and induct the members and carry out the goals of the Society. All chapters register their inductees at the National Office, where the membership records are preserved for reference purposes. The total number of memberships preserved at the national office during the first 73 years is over 422,000. Many of these members have gone on to distinguished careers in psychology.

How to Apply

Students become members of Psi Chi by joining the chapter at the school in which they are enrolled.

Requirements for membership:

  • Completion of at least three semesters of full-time courses, not including the current semester.
  • Completion of at least nine units of psychology courses.
  • Declaration of a major or minor in psychology.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • Minimum 3.30 GPA in psychology classes.
  • Satisfactory application essay

The membership fee is $55 and the chapter is $15 ($70 total). This is a one-time fee and must be submitted with your application. 

Applications for membership are accepted annually, in the fall. You will receive an invitation to apply, via email, if you are a declared Psychology major or minor.

PSI CHI / Psychological & Brain Sciences Events

The initiation ceremony to welcome our new members will be held in mid-October, in a location to be announced. 

Psi Chi hosts a number of events for Psychological & Brain Sciences students throughout the academic year, including such events as:

  •  A "Lab Smorgasbord" in which professors will discuss current research opportunities at WashU
  • An information session on post-graduate degrees such as Ph.D, Psy.D, M.S.W., M.D. in Psychiatry, and Occupational/Physical Therapy
  • Applying to Graduate School forum
graduate students talking

Officers & Committees


  • Co-Presidents: Aubrey Hopper, Maya Rabinowitz
  • Secretary: Lauren Blaydon
  • Public Relations: Raelani Hartnett