Department of Psychology

Psi Chi National Honor Society

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology. The University of Southern Maine local chapter offers the opportunity to join if you meet certain standards required by Psi Chi and the Association of College Honor Societies.



Psi Chi was founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, while also advancing the science of psychology. Psi Chi is affiliated with the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.

Benefits of Membership

  • Recognition of outstanding academic achievement.
  • Opportunities to interact with other psychology students interested in similar research or goals such as securing work in the field or applying to graduate programs.
  • An opportunity to become active in the USM Psychology Department.
  • Members who assume leadership roles will acquire valuable organizational skills associated with the effective management of a student group.
  • A collaborative forum is made available to members for promoting research, receiving national and international recognition, as well as meeting and interacting with leaders in their related fields via the following:
    • National and regional conventions and conferences held in conjunction with national psychological associations
    • Research award competitions
    • Certificate programs
    • The quarterly Psi Chi Newsletter


Applications are accepted at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester.

The only charge for lifetime membership is a one-time registration fee.

Currently exceeding a quarter-million members, many Psi Chi inductees have achieved distinguished careers in psychology. USM students become lifetime members of this nationally recognized organization by joining our local chapter. The student officers and faculty advisor are collaboratively responsible for registering inductees with the national office.

Membership Criteria

  1. Completion of at least 4 courses in psychology.
  2. Major or minor standing in psychology.
  3. 3.0 overall GPA and 3.3 in psychology.

We welcome interested students and encourage you to apply!

For more information please contact the faculty advisor: Rikki Miller