Psi Chi has a rich history starting in 1929. The purpose of the society is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members and to advance the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate students who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications. The Society is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
The mission of Psi Chi is to "produce a well-educated, ethical, and socially responsible member committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general." The two major goals are to provide academic recognition and to nurture creative development. Academic recognition is provided by mere fact of membership while the other occurs through chapter activities and conventions put on by the international organization.
The Society publishes a quarterly magazine which helps inform the members and recognize their contributions. Members receive the magazine, Eye on Psi Chi, through email. It also puts out the quarterly Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research which rewards the scholarly efforts of undergraduate psychology students while providing them the valuable experience of going through the publishing and review process.
Information is from the national Psi Chi website http://www.psichi.org/