Psi Chi is the International honor society
in psychology, serves two major goals–one immediate and visibly rewarding to the
individual member, the other slower and more difficult to accomplish, but offering
greater rewards in the long run. The first of these is the 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 members' creative
development. For example, the chapters make active attempts to nourish and stimulate
professional growth through programs designed to augment and enhance the regular
curriculum and to provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation
with the chapter. In addition, the international organization provides programs
to help achieve these goals, including Society and regional conventions held annually
in conjunction with the psychological associations, research award competitions,
and certificate recognition programs.
The Randolph-Macon College chapter of Psi Chi was founded in 1980, and has 285 members.