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School of Psychology

Psi Chi Honor Society

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, was founded in 1929 with a mission to encourage excellence in scholarship and advance the science of psychology. More than three-quarters of a million lifetime members have joined including Distinguished Members such as Drs. Albert Bandura, B. F. Skinner, and Phillip Zimbardo. A few popular Membership Benefits include international recognition for academic excellence, as well as access to psychology-related publications and more than $400,000* in annual awards and grants.

Lifetime Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students, transfer students, full-time faculty members, and alumni. Individuals become members by joining their local Psi Chi chapter. See our specific membership requirements.

After potential members are approved by a local faculty advisor, all 1,150+ Psi Chi chapters process their new members on our online system. The Psi Chi Central Office, located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, manages the Society under the direction of the Board of Directors, who are Psi Chi members elected by the chapters to guide the Organization.

Psi Chi membership serves two major goals: (1) Provide academic recognition to its inductees, and (2) offer a climate congenial to members' creative development. Florida Tech established their Psi Chi honor society chapter in July of 1981 and has a membership of well over 300 to date. All Florida Tech students, undergraduate and graduate, on-campus or online, who choose a major or a minor in Psychology and meet the minimum qualifications are eligible to join Florida Tech’s Psi Chi honor society chapter. All chapters are operated by student officers and faculty advisors. Together they select and induct the members and carry out the honor society’s goals. There are many benefits to membership in Florida Tech’s Psi Chi honor society, including fellowship with members from around the word, and access to publications, grants, and awards. Membership in the Psi Chi honor society is a significant way for Psychology students to distinguish themselves among their peers, colleagues, and academic community.

Eligibility for undergraduate membership is based on the following:

  1. Must be enrolled as a student at FIT
  2. Must have established a GPA at FIT (not incoming transfer)
  3. Must be at least a second-semester sophomore
  4. Must be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program or a program psychological in nature that is equivalent to a psychology major
  5. Must have completed at least 9 semester hours of psychology courses
  6. Must have an overall GPA of at least 3.2
  7. Must have a psychology GPA of at least 3.2
  8. Must rank in the top 35% of your class

Eligibility for graduate membership is based on the following:

  1. Be accepted into and enrolled in a psychology or closely related graduate program
  2. Have completed at least 9 semester credit hours of graduate psychology courses in that program
  3. Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in all graduate courses including psychology courses
  4. Meet their graduate program's requirements (e.g., if specific courses require an A or B, students must meet those requirements even if their cumulative GPA is above 3.0)