Becoming an active member of psychological associations outside of the classroom has many advantages. Undergraduate and graduate student psychology organizations can provide the opportunity to participate in activities to advance your professional development.
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- American Psychological Association of Graduate Students
The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students is the voice of student concerns within the APA.
Psychology graduate students who become Student Affiliates of the APA are enrolled automatically as members of APAGS. Undergraduates may join APAGS for a small fee.
APAGS offers all of its members enormous opportunities to enhance their development toward a career in psychology and to shape the future of the discipline. From at-home access to research tools like PsycINFO, to opportunities to present work at APA's annual conventions, membership in APA/APAGS will help you succeed in graduate school and develop as a member of the psychological community.
- APA Science Student Council: Graduate Students Section
The APA Science Student Council was created in 1993 to advise the Science Directorate. The APASSC reports to the APA Board of Scientific Affairs and works cooperatively with the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students. The Council consists of nine graduate students from diverse areas of psychology; each member serves a two-year term.
- Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus
The Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus is a representative body of the student affiliates of the Association for Psychological Science. There is a small fee for joining APS for all students; joining includes automatic membership in the APSSC.
The APSSC is committed to the goals of APS: to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application and the improvement of human welfare. Further, the Caucus seeks to enhance the professional development of its members and improve the education of the science of psychology. The benefits of being a Student affiliate include journal subscriptions, discounted convention registration, reviewing research, presenting a talk at the APS convention, funding and information.
- American Psychology-Law Society
The American Psychology-Law Society is a division within the American Psychological Association and is primarily concerned with investigating the relationship between human psychological processes and the law. The student section of AP-LS mirrors this goal, but also focuses on providing students with information that can help them in their careers. The information it provides students includes upcoming events in psychology and law, funding opportunities, graduate training, recent developments and other psych/law-related material. Visit the AP-LS Student Committee page to learn more.
- Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International
Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators established at Ohio University in 1985. The honor society's mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. Visit Chi Sigma Iota in PantherConnect to learn more.
- Developmental Mental Health Students Association (Graduate Students)
The purpose of the Developmental and Mental Health Association is to promote intellectual development specific to these areas. This organization hosts conferences, colloquia and social events, and is an avenue for information exchange for the Developmental and Mental Health Graduate Student Body present and past. Membership in this organization is open to all FIU developmental science and mental health graduate students and alumni.
- Graduate Student Health & Wellness Committee
As the Department of Psychology becomes a worldwide leader in innovative research, we also strive to become a leader in health, wellness, inclusion and diversity. With this vision in mind, the Graduate Student Health & Wellness Committee is devoted to promoting a culture in which students are supported and valued. The committee comprises faculty and student representatives from each of the department’s program areas: Clinical Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental, Industrial-Organizational and Legal Psychology.
- Psi Chi: The National Honor Society in Psychology
Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing 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.
Psi Chi's FIU Chapter serves two major goals. The first of these is the honor society's obligation to provide academic recognition to its inductees by the mere fact of membership. The second goal is the obligation of each of the society's local chapters to nurture the spark of that accomplishment by offering a climate congenial to its creative development. Psi Chi at FIU hosts seminars, networking events and serves as the main student organization liaison between the Department of Psychology and undergraduate student.
Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Psi Chi's sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges.
- Psychology Ambassadors for Student Success
PASS: Psychology Ambassadors for Student Success is a student organization that seeks to promote student performance, career preparation and professional development in the field of psychology.
PASS seeks to improve undergraduate performance and retention and to encourage professional development skills mainly with respect to post-baccalaureate field(s) of study, including by raising Grade Point Averages (i.e., teaching study skills and/or test-taking strategies, facilitating study groups); informing students about post-undergraduate career options; updating students on developments within the field; suggesting academic tracks within the department; promoting research and test preparation opportunities; and facilitating mentorship.
As secondary goals of PASS, and with the aid of related psychology organizations, PASS shall seek to identify student concerns and methods for improving communication among undergraduate students, administrative staff and faculty.
- Psychology Graduate Student Association
The Psychology Graduate Student Association is a student-led organization funded by the Council for Student Organizations. The organization represents and promotes the interests of the current psychology graduate student community by supporting scholarly activities and providing leadership, service and social support.
PGSA, recognized by the university/department as the psychology graduate students' central organization, works throughout the academic year to provide scholarly and social forums that promote interaction among psychology graduate students and faculty. Past events organized include grant-writing panels, effective teaching and networking workshops, statistical capsules and social meet-and-greet events.