Welcome to Psi Chi

at The University of Utah

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Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology.
You are eligible to join PSI CHI if you are a psychology major, minor or pursuing a degree in a related field. Most commonly, a social science field but psychology is a very diverse field and the science of psychology is applicable to almost any major/minor.

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"It's not Greek, It's Geek"


The purpose of Psi Chi is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

Chapter Goals

Our goal is to create an active and engaging community for Psi Chi members by hosting intellectually stimulating events, and presenting members with meaningful ways to give back to their community.

Chapter Programs

Community service is an essential aspect of the Psi Chi experience. We hold monthly service events to encourage our members to find meaningful ways to give back to their community. We also encourage active learning by presenting students with professional networking opportunities.


PSI CHI was founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. 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).


Students of all social science fields are encouraged to join, and must meet eligibility requirements for official membership. In order to join, there are some academic requirements you will need to meet.

Undergraduate students must:

  1. Be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology, or a related field
  2. Have completed at least 3 semesters of full-time college coursework.
  3. Have completed at least 9 semester hours of psychology courses.
  4. Have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  5. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology courses.

Transfer students or students that are new to the university can still join and participate as members, but they can only become full-fledged members if they meet the eligibility requirements by the end of the semester. If you participate we can backtrack your membership, so you will get acknowledgement for everything you do.

Graduate students must:

  1. Be enrolled in a psychology (or psychology-related) graduate program
  2. Have completed at least 9 semester hours or the equivalent of graduate level coursework
  3. Have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all graduate courses, including psychology
  4. Meet the graduate program’s academic 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).

Benefits of Membership

  1. Joining PSI CHI means that you will have a lifetime membership that includes a certificate and membership card.
  2. International recognition because we are an honor society you get to graduate with honors and wear official Psi Chi cords. It is also an accomplishment that can be noted on cv’s, resumes, and applications. It is accepted by the US government as one of the requirements for entrance into GS-7 level occupation.
  3. It grants students access to over $400,000 worth of awards and grants.
  4. There are opportunities for: leadership, friendship, enhanced education, mentoring, & community service.
  5. Research, presentation, and networking from a local to an international level.

2015-2016 Officers


Sarah Abraham

This spring, I will be graduating from the University of Utah with a bachelors of science in psychology and a minor in political science. I plan to go to graduate school to get my PhD. in Environmental Studies. I work as a research assistant for a graduate student at the university and as writing tutor at Salt Lake Community College. I have presented at an international conference on the work I have done at the writing center. I am on the planning committee for the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing 2015; I was also a Proposal Reviewer for the conference. I am a big sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters. I am also a lead on the planning committee for the Salt Lake School of Performing Arts a Decade Strong Celebration and Reunion 2015. I enjoy planning and organizing events, tasks, and people. My goal this year is to create an active an engaging community for members and to turn PSI CHI into a group that students will be excited to be a part of.

Vice President
William Hynes

I am in my senior year, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science. I have been on the Dean's List every semester. I am planning to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in developmental psychology with a focus on psychotraumatology. My specific interest is in intimate partner violence. Currently I represent the psychology department as a Student Ambassador in the College of Social and Behavioral Science. I am a peer advisor for PSAC. I volunteer for a rape crisis hotline and victim advocacy team. My leadership skills are strong - I have been on and coached sports teams, ran a business, and supervised labs. This semester, I am a TA for a developmental psychology class. All of this experience requires preparation, organization, and a passion for both psychology and service. I am confident that I can serve our members well, be a positive role model, and represent Psi Chi proudly. If you want something more out of your membership in Psi Chi than a certificate on the wall – I am your man. I promise you an engaging and active membership experience.

Taylor Wright

I am a psychology major at the University of Utah. I will be graduating this spring. Through this experience I am hoping to obtain the leadership skills necessary to qualify me to get into medical school, so I can go on to become a dermatologist or psychiatrist. I have been a volunteer at Primary Children’s Medical Center for two years. I work at Intermountain Medical Center as a Certified Nurse Assistant. I have maintained many leadership skills and qualities throughout my life from being involved in sports and being a captain multiple times. I have great communication skills and I work really well in team settings. My most valuable strengths as a leader would be my ability to motivate people, take responsibility, and I am very organized. I thrive in a position where my responsibilities are clear and consistent as well as routine. I work well with others that are responsible, reliable and hard workers. My goal is to increase membership and find more ways for members to be involved.

Misty Coplan

You might be wondering who this random girl is that is running for office? I will do my best to enlighten you. I’m Misty and I am a senior majoring in psychology with the dream of becoming a clinical psychologist. I love learning and am always striving to do more and to be better. My schooling, work, and volunteer opportunities have provided a solid foundation for skills that will prove to be instrumental to Psi Chi. My experience includes leadership, introducing speakers, interpersonal communication, public speaking, as well as planning and organizing events. You need someone who is organized, enthusiastic, a good leader as well as a good follower, and efficient in any task that might arise, and I know I will provide that for you. I can’t wait to meet and work with all of you.

Marketing Officer
Tyson Florence

I am currently a junior pursuing a bachelor of science in psychology with a minor in economics. I am also working towards certificates in human factors, positive psychology, and entrepreneurship. Ultimately, I would like to earn a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and have my own consulting firm. Over the years, I have gained a significant amount of work experience, and have served successfully in several leadership roles. This includes serving as the Vice President of the founding chapter of Psi Beta National Honor Society at Salt Lake Community College. I am thrilled to be serving in a similar capacity within Psi Chi here at the University of Utah. My primary goals are to build our chapter membership, and to strengthen our influence and contributions academically, on campus, and in the local community. I am excited to be a part of this great organization, and look forward to working with each of you over the next academic year.

Program Coordinator
Julianne Aldous

I am a member of the honors college, specifically the subgroup Legal Scholars. (I want to go to law school) I am involved with the Public Health Department as I had an internship doing research on human trafficking this past summer and I am a member of the Student Global Health Initiative. I am the director of community service in my sorority and I am not afraid of contacting people to make plans, organizing events, and generally promoting my organization in any way. I love being busy and I am good at managing my time. I am also reliable :) I love psychology because I think it pertains to so many areas of life. I would love to practice a type of law that deals with psychology and draw from my experiences in the psych department here at the U.

Kevin Tucker

I am currently a junior here at the University of Utah, majoring in psychology with a minor in Human Development. I have loved psychology ever since I can remember. Ultimately, I plan to attend graduate school in pursuit of a PhD. in Clinical Psychology. My interests include: abnormal behavior, mental/personality disorders, and personality traits. I currently study under Cynthia Berg as a research assistant in the READY study lab, a lab designed to help us better understand the type of environment needed to promote healthy living for adolescents living with type 1 Diabetes. I also currently occupy an internship position with NAMI the National Alliance on Mental Illness. There, I have worked directly with persons with mental illness and gained a better understanding of the challenges they face. I am so excited for the opportunity to join the Psi Chi community, and help to serve as the Historian. I love to learn, to grow, and develop my skills to serve to the best of my capacity. Most of all, I love people, so feel free to ask me for help, or engage me in conversation of any topic (especially Psychology).

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