Honor Societies

Psi Chi

Miami’s chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, celebrated its 70th birthday on May 24, 2010. Psi Chi itself was founded in 1929 during the Ninth International Congress of Psychology at Yale—where speakers included Ivan Pavlov and Jean Piaget. The mission of Psi Chi is to “produce a well-educated, ethical, socially responsible member contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general.” Psi Chi has over half a million members, who must be working towards a major or minor in psychology, with a GPA in the upper third of their class and nine semester-hours completed at time of induction. Miami’s Psi Chi chapter hosts events such as the Quiz Bowl, and seminars on topics such as graduate school preparation and careers in psychology. It also sponsors the Professor of the Year and Graduate Student of the Year awards.

Nu Rho Psi

Miami’s chapter of Nu Rho Psi (Gamma in Ohio), the national honor society in Neuroscience, was chartered on December 12, 2008.  The national organization was founded in 2006 by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN).  The purpose of Nu Rho Psi is to: encourage professional interest and excellence in scholarship, particularly in neuroscience;  award recognition to students who have achieved such excellence in scholarship;  advance the discipline of neuroscience; encourage intellectual and social interaction between students, faculty, and professionals in neuroscience and related fields;  promote career development in neuroscience and related fields;  increase public awareness of neuroscience and its benefits for the individual and society; and encourage service to the community.  Miami’s Nu Rho Psi chapter membership is currently comprised of undergraduate Neuroscience minors, graduate students in Neuroscience, and faculty within the departments of Psychology and Zoology who teach courses and conduct research in Neuroscience.  We recently hosted a colloquium series on the Neurobiology of Addiction and have sponsored several elementary school outreach events.  Learn more about our current work on our Nu Rho Psi – Gamma in Ohio site.