The psychology faculty at Denison are actively involved in exploring various aspects of human and animal functioning through their own research, and an important component of a student’s training at Denison is direct involvement in psychological research. Denison students also gain experience in applied psychology through the department’s Field Experience course, through the Organizational Studies program, or through individual work with faculty members.
Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology. The purpose of Psi Chi is to "encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology." Psi Chi was founded in 1929 and the organization is member of the Association of College Honor Societies.
Membership is open to Denison students who meet academic qualifications. These criteria include:
Completion of 16 semester hours of psychology with a minimum GPA of 3.5,
A minimum GPA of 3.5 in general scholarship for courses completed.
Benefits of membership include intrinsic values as well as lifetime membership, membership documents, a quarterly Psi Chi newsletter, research competition awards and grants, and opportunities for presenting paper/posters at national, regional, and local psychological conferences and conventions.
At Denison, the Psi Chi chapter helps to support Research Colliquia sponsored by the department and members have an opportunity to meet and talk with nationally known psychological researchers and professionals.
In addition, Psi Chi sponsors annual events including the department fall picnic and the holiday party. A highlight is the annual induction banquet and ceremony at which time new members are officially recognized by their peers and the faculty. Other events are scheduled by the chapter in order to promote student involvement in psychological research and scholarship. In the previous year, Psi Chi has sponsored brown bag lunch discussions with faculty on topics such as eyewitness memory, cognitive neuroscience, and research ethics