Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, is dedicated to recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology. Psi Chi was founded in 1929 and has over 700,000 lifetime members including Albert Bandura, Elizabeth Loftus, B.F. Skinner, Robert Sternberg, and Philip Zimbardo. The organization publishes the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research and offers a number of awards and grants to members.
The Stetson Chapter
The Stetson Chapter of Psi Chi was founded in 1957. Under the leadership of faculty sponsor Dr. Camille Tessitore King, we received Model Chapter Awards in both the 2013-14 and the 2014-15 academic years. Only 33 of the 1,100 chapters worldwide are selected to receive this award each year. The award is given to chapters who serve their communities with philanthropic and educational events and show a high level of dedication from their officers, members, and faculty advisor.
We sponsor a variety of special events each semester, including guest speakers, movie/discussion nights, "book-feasts," and panel discussions about mental health, graduate school, and other topics. During finals week, we offer a "stress-free zone" where students can release their inner child by coloring, popping bubble wrap, or finger painting. We highlight important mental health issues and raise money for organizations doing something about them. And each year we come up with a cool new design for our Psi Chi t-shirts!
Psi Chi members offer free tutoring to students in most Psychology courses. A list of tutors and contact information is posted in the display case outside the Psychology Department office.