Psychology Honor Society Establishes B.C. Chapter

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

Top notch Boston College psychology majors can now be recognized for their achievements and share ideas as a group with the establishment of a chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, at Boston College.

"Psi Chi establishing a chapter at Boston College recognizes both the Psychology Department in its ability to meet the requirements set forth by the society and the many qualified students who meet the level of excellence required for admittance into the society," said Asst. Prof. John Mitchell (Psychology), the chapter's faculty advisor.

Boston College members are at least second semester sophomores in the top 30 percent of their class with a 3.0 grade point average or better in psychology and at least a 3.2 grade point average overall. These requirements are higher than the national minimum qualifications, noted Mitchell. Earlier this year, the BC chapter inducted 32 undergraduates into the society.

In addition to providing academic recognition, chapters nourish and stimulate professional growth through programs designed to augment and enhance the regular curriculum and provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapters.

The society bestows several regional and national research awards to undergraduates. It also sponsors a variety of programs, including psychological conventions, special lectures, workshops and panel discussions and is in the process of establishing a journal which will publish student research.

"Undergraduate work is often not published in scientific journals, so this will provide a forum for these students to get their work seen.

"Psi Chi offers so many opportunities," said Mitchell. "Along with other things, it provides an outlet for good scholarly discussions among the students and exposes them to programs elsewhere so they can find out what is going on in other labs."

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