Department of

Psychological Science


Psi Chi at CCSU

Psi Chi (pronounced “sigh” “kigh”) is the International Honors Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 to advance the science of psychology and encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in the field. There are a number of benefits to Psi Chi membership, including awards, scholarships, grants, and publication opportunities.

Our CCSU chapter is active in the University and local community:

  • We publish a monthly newsletter (Central Psychology News) to keep everyone informed about psychological science and the events occurring within the Psychological Science Department.
  • We organize and facilitate panels to help student learn about amazing opportunities at CCSU and beyond (study abroad, internships, research, and I/O Psychology)
  • We interview professors in our department and post podcasts so students can get to know them.
  • We organize student-led speaker series about undergraduate and graduate research.
  • We volunteer at Foodshare and New Britain cleanup projects.
  • We organize fundraisers to support student travel to professional conferences.

Since 2009, over 15 of our members have been awarded Psi Chi Eastern Regional Research Awards at the Eastern Psychological Association’s annual conference. These awards represent the top 10% of undergraduate submissions across the Eastern seaboard. In 2015, CCSU Psi Chi members received an unprecedented 5 research awards!

Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate psychology majors who meet the following criteria:

  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A GPA in Psychology of 3.5 or higher
  • A grade of B or higher in PSY221
  • At least 45 total credits and 9 Psychology credits completed (if a transfer student, 12 total credits and 3 Psychology credits must be completed at CCSU)

To be eligible for Psi Chi as an undergraduate at CCSU, you must:

  • Have at least second-semester sophomore status (i.e., have at least 45 credits completed, not just in progress);
  • Have completed at least 9 credits in Psychological Science (from CCSU);
  • Have earned at least a 3.5 GPA in Psychological Science courses (from CCSU);
  • Have earned the following overall cumulative GPA based on your current credit status:
    • Second-Semester Sophomores: 2.94
    • Juniors: 3.14
    • Seniors+: 3.25
  • Have earned at least a B in Research Methods I (PSY 221) OR an average of a B in Research Methods I & II (PSY221/222). (This means that you must have taken and received a grade in PSY221 and/or PSY222 to be eligible to apply.)

If you are an undergraduate transfer student, you must have completed the equivalent of 1 full semester of study (i.e., 12 credit hours) at CCSU and earned at least 9 credits in Psychology at CCSU and have completed PSY221. Your cumulative GPA and your Psychological Science GPA is based solely on your record at CCSU.

To be eligible for Psi Chi as a Master's student at CCSU, you must:

  • Have earned at least a 3.5 GPA in Psychological Science courses from CCSU;
  • Have earned at least a 3.0 GPA overall; and
  • Have earned at least a B in Research Design and Analysis I (PSY 596) OR in Research Design and Analysis I & II (PSY596/597). (This means that you must have taken and received a grade in PSY596 and/or PSY597 to be eligible to apply.)

If you were inducted into Psi Chi at a different institution, you are welcome to transfer your affiliation to CCSU. This is not necessary to be recognized as a Psi Chi member here at CCSU. If you want to transfer affiliation, please drop me an e-mail with your Psi Chi number and chapter of induction.

Please note that our admission requirements meet the standards set by Psi Chi National Office AND include special requirements as written in the by-laws of our Psi Chi chapter, which are voted on by Psi Chi members and endorsed by the Department of Psychological Science.

If you meet these requirements and want to become a member, please:

  • Complete the membership application ONLINE;
  • Submit to Dr. Marianne Fallon in 218 Marcus White Hall:
    • a check made out to "Psi Chi" for $57.00 ($55 is a one-time cost for LIFETIME membership; $2 is for processing fees) - cash and money orders are also accepted;
    • a recent printed copy of your CCSU Degree Evaluation (printed September 20, 2015 or later) 

Dr. Fallon must have your check and your degree evaluation to process your application. The Fall 2015 deadline is October 15, 2015. Applications will not be processed after this date; you will need to wait until Spring 2016.

Psychology Club

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9/29 & 11/3 in Blue & White Room


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