Redefining the Classroom

Lake Superior State joins international psychology honor society

Posted: June 12th, 2014

PSYCH HONOR SOCIETY – Charter members of Lake Superior State University chapter of Psi Chi pose shortly before their induction ceremony. Front from left to right are Adam Gurnoe, Sara St. Ours, Aaron Kitscher, Hannah Conner, and Brandon Kwak. Back, left to right, are Crystal Drake, Cassidee Retzloff, Julanne Eberhart, Shannon Sexton, Katherine Drockton, Brooke Lewis, Lindsey McCullough, and Chelsea Randall. Not pictured are Jacob Brushaber, Amanda Wofford, and Prof. H. Russell Searight. (Photo by John Shibley(LSSU/John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University has launched a chapter of Psi Chi, an international honor society in psychology founded in 1929 during the Ninth International Congress of Psychology held at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

Psi Chi encourages, stimulates and maintains excellence in scholarship, and advances the science of psychology. Many of the its members have gone on to distinguished careers in psychology, including several presidents of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, numerous national and international award winners, and various other renowned research psychologists, authors, professors, and practitioners.

Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of both the APA and APS. It has grown over the past 83 years into one of the largest and most successful honor societies in the world, with more than 1,120 chapters located on college and university campuses throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Barbados, Egypt, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Chapters not only recognize academic achievement by granting membership, but also sponsor programs and activities that augment and enhance the regular curriculum, offer an outlet for service to the campus and the community at large, and provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter.

The international organization bestows several regional and research awards, sponsors diverse programs at regional and national psychological association conventions - including lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and information exchanges - and publishes the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. In addition, service projects illustrate the society’s commitment to its mission of “student excellence, reflected in scholarly and professional growth within psychology and the ability to impact society positively.”

LSSU's charter Psi Chi chapter is Dr. Kristina Olson-Pupek (faculty advisor), Dr. H. Russell Searight, Adam Gurnoe, Jacob Brushaber, Amanda Wofford, Sara St. Ours (president), Aaron Kitscher, Hannah Conner, Brandon Kwak, Crystal Drake, Cassidee Retzloff (secretary), Julanne Eberhart, Shannon Sexton, Katherine Drockton, Brooke Lewis, Lindsey McCullough (vice president), and Chelsea Randall (treasurer).

Run a Web search on "LSSU psychology" to read more about this area of study at Lake State.


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Kristina Olson-Pupek, e-mail, 635-2422.