Psi Chi Honors Society

Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, was founded to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students of Psychology who meet the minimum qualifications. The Psi Chi chapter at GW provides activities to complement and enhance the Psychology curriculum, and offers practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter.

Advantages of Becoming a Member of Psi Chi

  • Psi Chi provides national recognition for academic excellence in psychology, an honor which can be noted on employment applications, vitae, and resum├ęs.
  • Membership builds a sense of community with others in Psychology and an identification with the discipline.
  • Psi Chi offers a local, regional, and national forum for obtaining information and developing perspectives about the field of psychology, learning about educational and career opportunities, and forming meaningful professional networks.
  • Chapter membership facilitates leadership development, interaction with other students who have similar interests, and service to the department and institution sponsoring Psi Chi.
  • Psi Chi encourages student research at regional and national conferences through award competitions, and recognition of student research at regional and national meetings.
  • Psi Chi provides over $250,000 annually in awards and grants to its student members, faculty advisors, and chapters.
  • Membership is for a lifetime. The national registration fee of $35 is the only payment ever made to the national organization, which does not charge dues.

For more information about the national organization and member benefits, please visit Psi Chi online. For more information about Psi Chi at GW, contact

Eligibility for Membership in Psi Chi at GW

  • Membership is open only to students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs at The George Washington University.
  • Undergraduate students must 1) have completed at least three semesters of university courses and nine semester hours or fourteen quarter hours of psychology courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.3 in those courses; 2) have registered for major or minor standing in Psychology or for a program psychological in nature which is equivalent to such standings; and 3) have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate students must have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all graduate courses, including Psychology.

To be considered for membership, please complete the application form, and return to the Psi Chi Faculty Advisor. Applications are reviewed twice each year - in the late fall and early spring semesters. Applicants will be notified about acceptance via e-mail from the chapter secretary. Students are inducted into Psi Chi within 2 weeks of their acceptance.

Psi Chi at GW

The GWU chapter of Psi Chi strives to engage Psi Chi members, Psychology majors, and the entire Psychology community in activities that are designed to foster professional development, augment the Psychology curriculum, and provide practical experiences in the field of Psychology. Past events have included a Psychology in film series, special lectures by Psychology faculty, Psychology student study hours.

Phi Chi Contacts

Contact Psi Chi at
Faculty advisor:  Dennis Schell 



Meet Professor Shomstein

Sarah Shomstein, associate professor of cognitive neuroscience, conducts research on the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying attentional selection. Her studies have been published in a variety of publications including the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience and the Journal of Neuroscience.