Honors & Awards

Psi Chi Honor Society

psychology student holding a Psi Chi signPsi Chi is the National Honor Society for psychology. The University of Alabama has an active chapter in the national society. Requirements for membership include the following:

  • Completion of at least 3 semesters of college coursework.
  • Completion of 9 hours of coursework in Psychology.
  • Registration of Major or Minor in Psychology or related discipline.
  • Minimum Overall GPA of 3.3.  (based on top 35% ranking)
  • Minimum Psychology GPA of 3.3.
  • Two-thirds affirmative vote by chapter members.

Psi Chi also organizes a number of activities that non-members may attend such as discussions about careers in psychology and preparing an application for graduate study in psychology and related areas.

The application can be found at psichi.org under The University of Alabama.

For more information, visit our chapter’s website.

2021-2022 Officers

  • President: Anna Bending
  • Vice President: Mackenzie Tolliver
  • Secretary: Anna Catherine Henley
  • Co-Treasurers: Catherine Barnett

Awards

An email will be sent out to psychology majors that will contain specific information about the deadline for application submissions for that year, which is usually in January or February.

Outstanding Major in Psychology Award

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this award:

  • Senior undergraduate student
  • Psychology major
  • Academic excellence (award requires a GPA of 3.5 or higher)
  • Superior achievement in research, teaching, and/or community service

Faculty wishing to nominate a student should ask the student to prepare a vita and a brief statement describing their participation in research, teaching, and/or community service activities. A description of career goals should also be included. The nominating faculty member should write a brief letter of support to accompany the student’s application. The award recipient will be chosen by the undergraduate committee.

The recipient will receive the award and a gift certificate to the SupeStore during University Honors Week.

Andy Reaves Memorial Award

This award was created to identify outstanding minority undergraduate students who show promise towards making a significant contribution to the field of psychology or related social science disciplines. Andy Reaves was known for his commitment to teaching, research, and community service. Thus, preference will be given to students who have demonstrated excellence in more than one of these areas. Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this award:

  • Junior or senior minority undergraduate student (preference given to seniors)
  • Psychology major
  • Excellence in community service, research, and/or teaching (priority given to students excelling in more than one area)
  • Academic achievement (award requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher)

Faculty wishing to nominate a student should ask the student to prepare a vita and a brief statement describing their participation in community service, research, and/or teaching activities. A description of career goals should also be included. The nominating faculty member should write a brief letter of support to accompany the student’s application. The award recipient will be chosen by the undergraduate committee.