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Psi Beta, the Psychology Honor Society

 

What is Psi Beta?

Psi Beta® is the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. It is the first two-year college honor society approved for membership in the Association of College Honor Societies, which regulates membership requirements. The mission of Psi Beta is professional development of psychology students through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service. The society functions as a community of chapters located at over 170 accredited two-year colleges. Psychology students become members through chapters at their colleges. The chapters are operated by the Psi Beta student members and faculty advisors. A National Council composed of Psi Beta advisors guides the affairs of the organization and determines policy. The national office coordinates and records activities and maintains membership files. Psi Beta participates with Psi Chi and other organizations at APA, APS, and regional psychology conventions.

 

 

What are the membership requirements?

  • Be enrolled at SCC and have an overall GPA of 3.2 (in a 4.0 system), and have at least a “B” average in psychology.
  • Have completed one semester of a psychology or psychology-based course and 12 semester hours or the equivalent quarter hours total college credit.
  • Have demonstrated a genuine interest in psychology and high standards of personal behavior and integrity.
  • Have been approved by the chapter and received a written invitation to membership.
  • Have signed a completed membership registration card accepting Psi Beta’s bylaws and policies.
  • Have paid the once-in-a-lifetime national registration fee of $50 plus a $5 per semester chapter fee.

The faculty advisor approves the application, and mails the registration form and fees to the national office. The Psi Beta inductee receives a membership certificate and card and a Psi Beta pin from the national office during the chapter induction ceremony. New members' names are published in the next Psi Beta Newsletter following the registration and ceremony. Newsletters are preserved in the Archives of the History of American Psychology in Akron, Ohio.

 

What are the membership benefits?

  • National recognition for outstanding academic performance by an organization meeting the high standards of the Association of College Honor Societies.
  • Permanent record of achievement which will be beneficial on applications and resumes.
  • Leadership development.
  • Additional educational opportunities and activities.
  • Community service involvement.
  • One-on-one relationships with professors who can stimulate interest in psychology and write letters of recommendation.
  • Socializing with other students with common interests.
  • Opportunity to be of service to the community, college and department sponsoring Psi Beta.
  • A forum for obtaining information about, and perspective in, the field of psychology and opportunities available to students.
  • Rewarding -- a sense of fulfillment.
  • A community with others in psychology -- an identification with the larger field of psychology, including meeting outstanding professionals in psychology.
  • Receipt of the Psi Beta Newsletter from your chapter, while an active member.
  • Membership is for life. The registration fee is the only payment ever made to the national organization which preserves the membership records in the national office and in the Archives of the History of American Psychology and verifies memberships.
  • Tangible assets include a membership certificate, card and pin.
  • An opportunity to participate in regional and national psychological association conventions.
  • Opportunity to submit research papers and community service projects for monetary awards and national recognition.
  • Opportunity to be mentored by a member of the psychology community.
  • Eligibility for student affiliate membership in the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS).
  • After graduation or transfer, an introduction to Psi Chi chapter faculty advisors at four-year colleges and universities.

 

How do I join?

E-mail Dr. Cannon at cannon_cari@sccollege.edu or stop by D 203 and pick up a brochure and application.

 
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