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Student Organizations

Student organizations are a great way to get more out of your experience as a Psychology major. The Department of Psychology has three student organizations.

Benefits of Joining a Psychology RSO

  • Learn more about psychology and related fields
  • Involvement with faculty and practitioners in the department and community
  • Learn about opportunities of interest: Conferences, research assistant openings
  • Meet & get to know fellow students in the department
  • Gain leadership experience as an officer
  • Acquire volunteer hours
  • Get social and academic support

Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)

The Association of Black Psychologists sees its mission and destiny as the liberation of the African Mind, empowerment of the African Character, and enlivenment and illumination of the African Spirit.

The Association is organized to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including but not limited to:

  • promoting and advancing the profession of African Psychology
  • influencing and affecting social change; and
  • developing programs whereby psychologists of African descent (Black Psychologists) can assist in solving the problems of Black communities and other ethnic groups.

The Student Circle of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) is an organization of like-minded Black scholars.  The members of The Student Circle are students of mental health committed to both the liberation of the Black mind and the development of optimal psychological functioning among people of African descent.  We utilize the principles of commitment, cooperativeness, creativity, and self-determination to develop a better understanding of the current deleterious conditions facing Black people and to help erase the negative emotional impact of the continual oppression of our community.  The aim is to promote communication among Black psychology students and to contribute to the struggle to improve the emotional well-being of people of African descent wherever possible.

Membership dues: $40 for the year ($5 per semester to local chapter, $30 for the year to the national chapter). (application)


Board Members:
Communication Chair
Fundraising Chair
Graduate Student Advisor

Activities include:

  • Discussions of interesting topics related to psychology and African Americans
  • Fundraisers for related causes (ex: Talent show to benefit Haiti)
  • Presentations/activities with psychology students in the dorms
  • Social events- poetry slams, barbecues

Psychology Student Organization (PSA)

PSA is a registered student organization (RSO) open to all students interested in Psychology, regardless of their major.  Students in PSA gain a greater understanding and familiarity with the field of psychology as well as related fields through participation in a variety of activities including further exploration of and learning about the field of psychology, volunteer work, fundraising efforts, and social networking.

Membership dues: $10 for the academic year (or $5 per semester) (application)


Public Relations Coordinator

Psi Chi - National Honor Society for Psychology

Psi Chi is an international psychology honors society.  Psi Chi was founded in 1929 for the purpose of promoting excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology.  Members of this esteemed society receive a membership card and certificate in addition to quarterly editions of the magazine Eye on Psi Chi.

Membership dues: $60 for a lifetime membership ($45 to national office, $15 to local chapter)

Membership Qualifications:

  • Complete 45 semester hours of college course work
  • Complete 9 hours of coursework in psychology
  • Overall GPA 3.2 or higher
  • Psychology GPA 3.0 or higher


Public Relations Coordinator

Psi Chi and PSA function together.  Some of the things the clubs do in conjunction include:

  • Guest lectures from faculty and professionals in psychology
  • Group study sessions (the Study Jam) before finals week
  • Seminars on getting in to graduate school or finding a job after graduation
  • Social events- parties, bowling, etc
  • Volunteering- Canned food drive, volunteer at the Good Samaritan House Soup Kitchen
  • Field trips- psychiatric hospitals, correctional facilities
  • Fundraising to fund undergraduate student research in psychology

For More Information

  • Check the bulletin boards near the Psychology Undergraduate Office (Life Science II 229 and 233)
  • Watch for announcements in your classes
  • Sign up for the Psychology Undergraduate listserv to receive announcements
  • Contact the Psychology Advisors