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Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Sciences

Psi Chi, the official Psychology Honor Society, was established at ETSU in 1977.

Purpose: Psi Chi seeks to advance the science of psychology and to encourage, stimulate, and maintain a high level of general scholarship and a high level of scholarship in psychology.

Benefits: Membership in any official honor society is a distinction worth having on one's resume/vita, especially an honor society within one's major discipline. Active membership, which involves coming to meetings regularly and participating in planning and conducting club business and events can be detailed on resumes/vitae. This demonstrates to future employers or graduate school selection committees that a person goes beyond the typical student role, that s/he seeks out leadership opportunities and is mindful of professional development. Often chapter members obtain information that is helpful in planning a career. Active membership is not difficult or particularly time-consuming, and it is encouraged for all members.

Qualifications: Membership qualifications are as follows:

  1. Has completed ≥36 credit hours (can include ETSU hours and transferred from other institutions);
  2. Has completed ≥12 credit hours AT ETSU (cannot include hours transferred from other institutions);
  3. Has completed ≥9 credit hours in PSYCHOLOGY (courses PSYC prefix ONLY, including courses officially transferred to ETSU as PSYC courses);
  4. Has officially declared major or minor as Psychology at ETSU;
  5. Has Overall GPA of:
    ≥3.314 for those applying with 30 to 59 credit hours completed (Sophomores)
    ≥3.300 for those applying with 60 to 89 credit hours completed (Juniors)
    ≥3.369 for those applying with 90 or more credit hours completed (Seniors)
    Note: GPA cutoffs based on Institutional Research report of Spring 2014 College of Arts & Sciences students in the top 35% of their classes. This is the national organizational standard.
  6. Has In-Major Psychology GPA of ≥3.00 (not rounded up, courses with PSYC prefix ONLY)
  7. Has high standards of personal behavior.

Note: Graduate student applicants must complete a minimum of 9 graduate hours at ETSU with a GPA of 3.50 or better

The organization may admit to active status anyone who has been a member of any other Psi Chi chapter which meets the requirements for this organization. Faculty members who are Fellows, Members, or Associates in the American Psychological Association or the American Psychological Society may become active members. They shall have the same rights and privileges, and the same financial and other obligations as student members. Alumni members are persons who were formerly active members who are no longer associated with the university. Also, persons who were graduated from the university prior to the establishment of this organization may be elected to alumni membership if they met the minimum qualifications listed in this Chapter's Constitution when they were students. Alumni members may not vote or hold office unless admitted to active status by the organization.

Activities: The organization sponsors educational programs, participates in charity projects, raises funds in support of student trips to professional meetings in psychology, initiates new members each year, sponsors academic awards, and organizes social activities.

To Apply: Download and fill out the form (Psi Chi Application). Make out a $65 (one-time only dues) check or money order payable to ETSU Psi Chi. Return the completed application and fee to Dr. Matt McBee, Faculty Advisor, at 420 Rogers-Stout, DURING THE REGULAR ACADEMIC YEAR (SPRING/FALL SEMESTERS).

Faculty Advisor:

The Psychology Club is open to all students, regardless of field of study, with an interest in psychology.

Purpose: to encourage student interest in the field of Psychology, to provide programs which expand knowledge of specific areas of Psychology, and to provide a means of social interaction where interested students can meet those with similar interests.

Activities: The Psychology Club provides members the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of activities. Professional activities include participation in regional and national conferences, as well as department provided academic activities. Through the Psychology Club, members participate in fund-raisers that greatly assist in covering the cost of conference participation. Membership in the Psychology Club also provides students the opportunity to perform community service through volunteer activities.

Additionally, the Psychology Club allows members opportunities to participate in many social activities throughout the year, such as the annual holiday party and Spring cookout. Other activities are informal gatherings such as trips, dinners, and parties.

Interested? Email Faculty Advisor, .

Graduate Student Association of Psychology (GSAP) has an open admissions policy. All students admitted to the graduate programs are eligible and encouraged to join.

Purpose: GSAP is a nonpartisan student educational association whose primary objective is to orient and organize students for participation in the psychology graduate program. GSAP promotes the professional growth of members through encouraging and aiding in the understanding of graduate programs in psychology, professional organizations in psychology such as APA, SEPA, and the Society for Neuroscience, ethical issues, research and publications, and proposals and grants. GSAP maintains an ongoing dialogue and working relationship with the professional community to promote employment opportunities for graduates.

Membership: Membership shall be open to all graduate students actively enrolled in East Tennessee State University's department of psychology. To be considered actively enrolled one must be enrolled in either the general or clinical psychology graduate program and be taking at least three credit hours because the university requires that 51% of organization membership be full-time students (enrolled in at least 9 credit hours). Membership of those carrying fewer hours will be subject to review pending current compliance with the university requirement. Involvement in GSAP activities shall be open to undergraduates in psychology, although they may not be members of the organization.

Activities: GSAP provides members the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of professional, social, and community activities. Professional activities include participation in regional and national conferences, as well as department academic activities. Through GSAP, members participate in fundraisers that greatly assist in the cost of conference participation. Membership in GSAP also provides students the opportunity to perform community service through volunteer activities assisting organizations like the homeless shelter, women's shelter, and Ronald McDonald House. Additionally, GSAP allows members opportunities to participate in many social activities throughout the year. Some social activities are sponsored by the department , such as the annual Christmas party and Spring cookout. Other activities include informal gatherings such as trips, dinners, and parties.

Faculty Advisor,

GSAP Travel Fund Application

The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) of East Tennessee State University is a student-managed organization whose membership is open to all currently enrolled post-baccalaureate degree-seeking students. Our primary function is to improve the quality of both graduate and professional education and the graduate and professional student experience at ETSU. Graduate and Professional students represent approximately 20% of the total student population at ETSU, and the teaching, clinical, and research activities of these students present genuine needs that are considerably different from those of the remaining student population.

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