Honor Societies

Psi Chi International Honor Society

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This international honor society recognizes excellence in scholarship and the advancement of psychology. Membership is limited to the top 35 percent of the sophomore, junior, and senior classes.  

Eligible candidates for membership in the HPU Chapter of Psi Chi must:


  • Intend to major or minor in Psychology at HPU.
  • Have completed a minimum of nine (9) credits in psychology courses at HPU.
  • Have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.35.
  • Have a minimum HPA of 3.35 for psychology courses taken at all institutions.


  • Have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Have completed a minimum of nine (9) credits in psychology courses at HPU.
  • Graduate students must meet the minimum B- passing grade for course in the program.

National membership fee (lifetime membership)


Total payment


Membership fee of $55 to be paid upon notification of acceptance.

Regalia: Blue and Silver cords (to be order by student)

Honor Society Advisor: Dr. Vincent Tsushima


Recent Awards
Caitlin Psi Chi

HPU Psychology graduate, Caitlin Macy, wins the National Psi Chi President of the Year Award!!

Congratulations, Caitlin!!

The HPU Chapter of Psi Chi has been awarded "Model Chapter" status for the third year in a row (we are the only chapter in the state of Hawaii to have won this distinction even once).

Chapter Award
HPU Psi Chi Medallion

The HPU Chapter was awarded a $1000 grant for the 2nd year in a row from the External Affairs Committee of the Psi Chi National Council to help offset the costs of the 4th Annual HPU Psychology Program Conference and Awards Dinner Banquet, which was held in April, 2010.

The HPU Chapter has received the 2008-2009 Psi Chi Western Regional Chapter Award and chapter advisor, Dr. Brian Metcalf, has received the 2008-2009 Western Regional Faculty Advisor of the Year Award!

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For more about recent/upcoming Psi Chi activities, please see the page or see Hawaii Pacific University Psychology Department on Facebook.


Applying to Psi Chi:

Please see the HPU Honor Societies main page for more information about applying for membership to Psi Chi and/or any of the other honor societies at HPU. Applications are accepted via the Honors Programs Office during the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester.

About Psi Chi:

Psi Chi was founded on September 4, 1929, during the Ninth International Congress of Psychology held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The Honor Society’s stated purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of psychology. Many of the Society’s members have gone on to distinguished careers in psychology, including several presidents of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS), numerous national and international award winners, and various other renowned research psychologists, authors, professors, and practitioners.

Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of both APA and APS. Psi Chi has grown over the past 77 years into one of the largest and most successful honor societies in the world with over 1,000 chapters located at college and university campuses throughout the U.S. These chapters not only recognize academic achievement by granting membership in the Society, but also sponsor programs and activities which augment and enhance the regular curriculum, offer an outlet for service to the campus and the community at large, and provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter. The national organization bestows several regional and national research awards, sponsors diverse programs at regional and national psychological association conventions (including lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and information exchanges), and publishes a national journal of undergraduate student research. In addition, Psi Chi’s national service projects illustrate the Society’s renewed commitment to its mission of “student excellence, reflected in scholarly and professional growth within psychology and the ability to impact society positively.

Benefits of Becoming a Member of Psi Chi:

The intrinsic value of membership is rewarding to the achiever in that recognition of excellence leads to self-fulfillment and thus to self-realization. By recognizing that what you do does make a difference, you are stimulated to higher productivity. Accomplishments are enjoyed more when shared with others. Furthermore, the contacts made through Psi Chi will be valuable throughout your educational and professional careers.

Concrete advantages of membership include:

  1. Psi Chi provides international recognition for academic excellence in psychology, an honor which can be noted on employment applications, vitae, and resumés.
  2. Through membership in Psi Chi, students gain a sense of community with others in psychology and an identification with the discipline.
  3. Psi Chi provides a local, regional, national and international forum for obtaining information and developing perspectives about the field of psychology, learning about educational and career opportunities, and forming meaningful professional networks.
  4. On the local level, chapter membership facilitates leadership development, interaction with other students who have similar interests, and service to the department and institution sponsoring Psi Chi.
  5. Members receive a membership card and certificate, and, through chapter mailings, copies of Eye on Psi Chi. (Following graduation, members may subscribe to Eye on Psi Chi.)
  6. Psi Chi chapter activities provide students with valuable opportunities to develop one-on-one relationships with professors who can stimulate their interest in psychology, involve them in research projects, and write meaningful letters of recommendation for them.
  7. Psi Chi encourages student research at the regional and national as well as local levels through undergraduate and graduate research award competitions and provides opportunities for students to present research and receive certificates recognizing their accomplishments at regional and national psychological association meetings.
  8. Psi Chi provides over $300,550 annually in awards and grants to its student members, faculty advisors, and chapters.
  9. Psi Chi sponsors outstanding programs at regional and national psychological association meetings. Members benefit not only from the programs, but also from the opportunity to meet leading psychologists and students from other chapters.
  10. Membership in Psi Chi meets one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in numerous professional and technical occupations in the United States government.
  11. Membership is for life. The initial society registration fee of $60 is the only payment ever made to the organization, which does not charge dues.
  12. As a member of Psi Chi, you are eligible for special offers from APA and APS when you join as a student member from either organization.
  13. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, which offers in conjunction with the Washington Internship Institute, $500 merit-based scholarships to members of Psi Chi who apply and are selected to WII's internship program. Learn more about the scholarships at these pages:

Fall 2009/Spring 2010 Psi Chi

Fall 2009 & Spring 2010 Induction Ceremony During the Annual Psychology Conference