Becoming an active member of psychological associations outside of the classroom has many advantages. Undergraduate and graduate student psychology organizations can provide you with the opportunity to participate in activities that will advance your professional development. These groups promote students’ identification with the science of psychology while encouraging participation in service and research activities that enhance the behavioral health of people in the community. Further, by participating you are given opportunities to interact with faculty and other professional psychologists outside of the classroom. Below are some campus based and external organizations that are specifically geared toward students interested in the field of psychology.
APA Science Student Council (APASSC)- Graduate Students Section
The APASSC was created in 1993 to advise the Science Directorate. APASSC reports to the APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) and works cooperatively with the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). The Council consists of nine graduate students from diverse areas of psychology; each member serves a 2-year term.
APA Science Directorate
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS)
APAGS is the voice of student concerns within the APA. For graduate students in psychology, becoming a Student Affiliate of APA automatically enrolls you as a member of APAGS. Undergraduates may join APAGS for a small fee. APAGS offers all its members enormous opportunities to enhance their development towards a career in psychology and to shape the future of the discipline. From at home access to research tools like PsycINFO, to opportunities to present your work at APA's annual conventions, membership in APA/APAGS will help you succeed in graduate school and develop as a member of the psychological community.
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus
Association for Psychological Science Student Caucas (APSSC)
The (APSSC) is a representative body of the student affiliates of the Association for Psychological Science. There is a small fee for joining APS for all students which also ensures automatic membership of the APSSC. The APSSC is committed to the goals of APS which are to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, and the improvement of human welfare. Further, the Caucus seeks to enhance the professional development of its members and improve the education of the science of psychology. The benefits of being a Student affiliate are journal subscriptions, discounted convention registration, reviewing research, presenting a talk at the APS convention, funding, information etc.
Association for Psychological Science\ Telephone:(202) 783-2077
1010 Vermont Avenue, NW, 11th Floor\ Fax: (202) 783-2083
Washington, DC 20005-4918
American Psychology- Law Society (APLS)
APLS is a division within the American Psychological Association ( www.apa.org) and is primarily concerned with investigating the relationship between human psychological processes and the law. The student section of APLS mirrors this goal, but also focuses on providing students with information that can help them in their careers. The information we provide students includes upcoming events in psychology and law, funding opportunities, graduate training, recent developments, and a host of other psych/law related material.
Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International
Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators established at Ohio University in 1985. Our mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.
Developmental Mental Health Students Association (Graduate Students)
The purpose of the Developmental and Mental Health Association is to promote intellectual development specific to Developmental Psychology and Mental Health. This organization hosts conferences and colloquia, social events and an avenue for information exchange for the Developmental and Mental Health Graduate Student Body present and past. Membership in this organization is open to all Florida International University Developmental Psychology and Mental Health graduate students and alumni.
FIU Chapter of PSI CHI the National Honor Society in Psychology
Psi Chi’s FIU Chapter serves two major goals. The first of these is the Society's obligation to provide academic recognition to its inductees by the mere fact of membership. The second goal is the obligation of each of the Society's local chapters to nurture the spark of that accomplishment by offering a climate congenial to its creative development. Psi Chi at FIU hosts seminars, networking events and serves as the main student organization liaison between the Department of Psychology and undergraduate student.
PASS (Psychology Ambassadors for Student Success)
PASS is a student organization that seeks to promote student performance, career preparation and professional development in the field of Psychology. Efforts to improve undergraduate performance and retention, and to encourage professional development skills mainly with respect to post-Baccalaureate field(s) of study include, but are not limited to: raising Grade Point Averages, (i.e. teaching study skills and/or test-taking strategies, facilitating study groups), informing students about post-undergraduate career options, updating students on developments within the field of Psychology, suggesting academic tracks within the Department, promoting research and test-preparation opportunities and facilitating mentorship. A secondary goals of PASS, and with the aid of related psychology organizations, PASS shall seek to identify student concerns over FIU’s Department of Psychology and methods for better improving communication between the undergraduate students, administrative staff, and faculty.
PSI CHI the National Honor Society in Psychology
Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Psi Chi's sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges
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