Participation in extracurricular activities beyond the day-to-day demands of coursework is not only important for your professional development, it can also be lots of fun! There are several organizations in the field of psychology that you should consider joining, some of which have chapters right here at ISU. Two are primarily undergraduate organizations, and the remainder are regional or national organizations in psychology.
The Psychological Society: The Psychological Society is a student-run organization of undergraduates that develops and participates in activities to promote and experience the field of psychology. It is based at ISU. It sponsors activities relevant to the field of psychology, and is composed primarily of psychology majors. For more information about the Psychological Society, please contact Heather Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Patrick Bennett. at Patrick.Bennett@indstate.edu.
Psi Chi: Membership in Psi Chi is by invitation only, based on achieving a successful academic record in your courses. If you are invited to join Psi Chi (usually in your junior year), strongly consider joining! Membership in Psi Chi is a testimony to your outstanding academic achievements in psychology, and it is an honor to be a member. Like, the Psychological Society, Psi Chi is an organization of students that develops and participates in activities to promote and experience the field of psychology. Although it is a national organization, it has a chapter based at ISU. Psi Chi often collaborates with the Psychological Society in planning its activities.
If you are a second semester Sophomore and have completed at least 9 credit hours of Psychology course work, you can apply for Psi Chi membership. For more information about Psi Chi, please contact Dr. Caitlin Brez.
Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA): MPA is a regional organization of psychologists interested in basic and applied research in psychology. As you might suspect, it is primarily composed of psychologists from the Midwestern United States, although any psychologist or psychology student can join. MPA conducts yearly conferences (usually in Chicago), and many ISU psychology faculty and students present their research at MPA.
The Association for Psychological Science (APS; formerly known as The American Psychological Society): APS is a national organization of psychologists interested in basic and applied research in psychology. Along with APA (described below), it is one of the two major organizations interested in the science and profession of psychology. APS conducts yearly conferences (across the United States and Canada), and many ISU psychology faculty and students present their research at APS.
Undergraduate student annual memberships are $35 and graduate student annual memberships are $58. Check out all the great benefits that come along with your membership dues: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/join/stu_benefits.cfm.
The American Psychological Association (APA): APA is a national organization of psychologists interested in a broad range of psychological issues. Along with APS (described above), it is one of the two major organizations interested in the science and profession of psychology. APA currently has 50 divisions which function as special interest groups for psychologists involved in certain areas of psychology. For example, Division 2 deals with the teaching of psychology, Division 8 deals with social and personality psychology, Division 28 deals with psychopharmacology, Division 35 deals with the psychology of women, Division 44 deals with the psychological study of lesbian and gay issues, and Division 50 deals with the psychology of addictive behaviors. There are many more divisions, and you should consider becoming a student affiliate in the divisions that interest you. APA conducts large yearly conferences (in major cities across the United States and Canada), and many ISU psychology faculty and students present their research at APA.
Undergraduate student annual memberships are $27 and graduate student annual memberships are $53. Check out all the great benefits that come along with your membership dues: http://www.apa.org/membership/students.html.