Ferris State University will welcome Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, on April 7.
Ferris senior psychology major James Young joined Psi Chi because of the honor of being part of an organization made up of the “greatest psychologists in the world” as well as “some of the best future psychologists.”
Many of the society’s members have gone on to have distinguished careers in psychology, including numerous national and international award winners and various other renowned research psychologists, authors, professors and practitioners.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to run for the position of inaugural president of our chapter and the chance to exhibit my leadership ability in helping our chapter to grow and accomplish great things at Ferris,” Young said.
The Honor Society’s stated purpose is to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship and to advance the science of psychology.
The faculty advisor of the new chapter is Ferris Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Christopher Redker.
According to Redker, Psi Chi has grown into one of the largest and most successful honor societies in the world with over 1120 chapters located at college and university campuses throughout the U.S. and around the world.
“I think it [a Psi Chi chapter at Ferris] is important because it provides students of psychology the opportunity to be honored for their high academic achievement, provides them with opportunities for possible scholarships, and looks great on graduate school applications,” Young said.
Ferris senior psychology major Monica Klein said she is excited to see what will happen with Psi Chi.
“I think [Psi Chi] will be a good opportunity for psychology students to get involved with one another and the community, while also bettering themselves through leadership and dedication,” Klein said.