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Taylor Gardner '19
Join Psychology Club: “Psychology Club offers opportunities to meet other psychology majors, get involved in research labs, participate in volunteer opportunities, and receive guidance on how to be a successful psychology student,” says Taylor Gardner '19.

See "Psychology Club President Highlights Benefits of Membership."

The Psychology Club and Psi Chi Honor Society work together to provide students with educational and career information about the field of psychology. The groups co-organize the weekly meetings and strive to enhance the professional development for all who are interested.

Meetings are held in Porter Hall, typically on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings, with Officer's Meetings and General Membership Meetings rotating throughout the semester. All meetings are announced through email, fliers, and through the group's Facebook page.

First-Generation Psychology Majors Group

Are you a first-generation psychology major? First generation means neither of your parents completed a four-year college degree. You are welcome to join our First Gen Psychology Majors group! This group is co-led by Dr. Sandra Hoyt and Dr. Julie Suhr, who are both "first gen" themselves. We offer monthly meetings on topics important to our first gen majors and are also starting a Teams group where there will be resources and video links to our meetings, in case you weren’t able to attend them. If you’d like to join the Teams group and/or learn more, please contact Dr. Hoyt at hoyts@ohio.edu or Dr. Suhr at suhr@ohio.edu.

Ohio University Psychology Club

The Psychology Club is open to all Ohio University students (majors, minors, and non-majors) with an interest in psychology. Students are encouraged to become involved in the club by participating in meetings, helping out with fund-raising events, and assisting in community service activities. Past meetings have included topics such as:

  • Careers in psychology with a B.A.
  • History of the Athens Mental Health Center
  • Forensic Psychology as a career
  • Bystander Intervention at Ohio University
  • Research on intimate couples violence

Psi Chi International Honor Society

Psi Chi was founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. As one of the founding institutions of Psi Chi, Ohio University has maintained an active chapter for over 85 years.

At the national level, Psi Chi offers students access to information about a variety of professions in psychology, an undergraduate psychology research conference, and the benefits of leadership skills and references to last a lifetime.

Membership Requirements in Psi Chi for Undergraduates

Note that in addition to the requirements below, transfer students must complete 12 hours of courses at Ohio University in order to establish a GPA here.

  • Be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program or a program psychological in nature.
  • Have completed at least 3 semesters or equivalent of full-time college coursework.
  • Have completed at least 9 semester hours or equivalent of psychology courses.
  • Have earned a cumulative GPA that is in the top 35 percent of their class (sophomore, junior, or senior) compared to their classmates across the entire university (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale).
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology courses.

Submit Psi Chi applications online.

Applications are only accepted and reviewed during the first three weeks of fall and spring semesters.

Contact Psi Chi

Psychology Peer Mentoring Program

Read more: Psychology Peer Mentors help undergraduate students navigate college life, careers

The Psychology Peer Mentoring Program provides undergraduate students studying psychology at Ohio University an opportunity to interact with current graduate students in the field. The goals of this mentoring program are to:

  •    Facilitate a supportive relationship between the mentor and mentee.
  •    Provide guidance on pursuing graduate school or a career in psychology, if desired.
  •    Help all students, but especially students from diverse backgrounds, navigate the demands on undergraduate life.
  •    Open a dialogue about the impact of diversity on one’s experiences, academic and otherwise.

For more information, contact OUpsychpeermentor@gmail.com.

The purpose of the mentoring program is to connect undergraduate students in psychology with graduate student mentors to discuss issues related to academics and life on campus, among other topics. While the primary aim of the program is to provide support to diverse students and increase recruitment of these students into graduate programs, the program is not limited to students who identify with a diverse group. However, the program may be of particular interest to students who wish to discuss issues of diversity and how these issues relate to academics and student life in a supportive, informal environment.

Diversity refers to all of our human differences, including but not limited to:

  • Age & generation
  • Developmental disability
  • Disability
  • Religion
  • Ethnicity & race
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Size
  • Indigenous populations
  • National origin & language
  • Gender

Common topics covered in mentoring relationships include:

  • Planning for, and getting into
    graduate school
  • Graduate school applications
  • Networking
  • Psychology course selection and
    schedule planning
  • Diversity in professional psychology
  • Discussion of current social and
    political issues