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New Members of Psi Chi

At the end-of-the-academic-year departmental luncheon on April 26, faculty advisor Dr. Jordan Troisi inducted the following new members of Sewanee's chapter of Psi Chi—the International Honor Society in Psychology.  Each was presented with a membership certificate, a membership card, and a pin.  A total of 259 undergraduates have now been initiated at Sewanee since the chapter was established in 1993.

  • Sara Balte ’17
  • Anne-Stuart Bell ’17
  • Sophia Borne ’18
  • Anna Bradley ’18
  • Madison Bunderson ’18
  • Martha Dinwiddie ’17
  • Marguerite Edmonds ’17
  • Elizabeth Eidson ’17
  • Emily Ferguson ’16
  • Meaghan Gray ’17
  • Anna Grishaw ’16
  • Elizabeth Haan ’16
  • Toddy Hyman ’18
  • Anna Nayfa ’18
  • Paul Sands ’17
  • Mary Gray Stolz ’17
  • Virag Turcsan ’17
  • Julian Wright ’17
  • Melissa Zankman ’18

Balte is a Psychology major with an Anthropology minor.  Bell is a double major in Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies.  Borne is a Psychology major with minors in Edonomics and Neuroscience.  Bradley is a Psychology major with a minor in Italian Studies.  Bunderson is a psychology major with a minor in Neuroscience and a certificate in Creative Writing.  Dinwiddie is a double major in Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies.  Edmonds is a Psychology major with a minor in French & French Studies.  Eidson is a Psychology major with a minor in Neuroscience.  Ferguson is a Psychology major with a minor in Women’s & Gender Studies.  Gray is a Psychology major with a Religion minor.  Grishaw is a Psychology major with a minor in Neuroscience and a certificate in Creative Writing.  Haan is a Psychology major with an Education minor.  Hyman is a Psychology major with a minor in Business.  Nayfa is a Psychology major with a minor in Education.  Sands is a Psychology minor with a Biochemistry major.  Stolz is a Psychology major.  Turcsan is a Psychology minor with a double major in Politics and International & Global Studies.  Wright is a Psychology major.  Zankman is a Psychology major with a minor in Art.

Psi Chi was founded in 1929 (at the Ninth International Congress of Psychology, held at Yale University) for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.  The 9th International Congress – meeting over Labor Day weekend – is arguably the most impressive gathering of psychologists in the history of the discipline:  722 from North America (almost ¾ of the total APA membership) and 104 international psychologists from 21 countries.  As President of Yale, James Rowland Angell (a leader of the Chicago functionalist psychologists) welcomed the group;  on his second visit to the United States, Ivan Pavlov gave a notable address (in Russian, translated into English by G.V. Anrep).  Notables included Charles Spearman (England);  Wolfgang Köhler, Kurt Lewin, William Stern (Germany);  Êdouard Claparède, Jean Piaget (Switzerland);  Lev Vygotsky (USSR);  and from the U.S., APA President Karl Lashley, Congress President James McKeen Cattell, Mary Calkins, Joseph Jastrow, Christine Ladd-Franklin, Lewis Terman, Edward Thorndike, Margaret Washburn, Arnold Gesell, David Wechsler, Florence Goodenough, and Robert Yerkes.

Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).  It has chapters at about 1,100 senior colleges with more than 700,000 lifetime members.  [Its “sister” is Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology for Community and Junior Colleges.]  In 1985 it established its first international affiliate chapter at the University of British Columbia;  today it has 15 chapters in 9 countries (Barbados, Canada, Egypt, Guatemala, the Republic of Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, and Trinidad & Tobago) and two U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).  Qualifications for Psi Chi membership are

  • Must be at least a second-semester sophomore
  • Must be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program or a program psychological in nature
  • Must have completed at least 9 semester hours of psychology courses
  • Must have an overall GPA that is in the top 35% of their class based on rankings within sophomore, within junior, or within senior classes (if the cut-off for the top 35% is below 3.00, the applicant must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00)
  • Must have a psychology GPA that is at least 3.00 on a 4-point scale

Current students who earned membership at an earlier date are

  • Elise Anderson ’16
  • Thaddeus Barney ’16
  • Daniel Fortner ’16
  • Caroline Gebhart ’16
  • Garrett Heatherly ’16
  • April Kosakoff ’16
  • Jiawen Liang ’16
  • Gray Lochbihler ’16
  • Megan McDowell ’17
  • Cameron McLauchlan ’16
  • Alysse Schultheis ’16
  • Alli Smith ’16
  • Colton Treadwell ’16