Psi Chi


psichi_sealPsi Chi is the National Honor Society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purpose of promoting excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the qualifications.

Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS).

Psi Chi – New Mexico Highlands University Chapter

The New Mexico Highlands University chapter was chartered in March, 1948. The Highlands' chapter became the first to be established in the State of New Mexico and the 50th in the nation.

Since that time, the Highlands' chapter has been involved with many philanthropic opportunities and developments.

The Psi Chi Experience

The first and foremost benefit has always been the honor and recognition of academic excellence, but that is just the beginning of the Psi Chi experience. When you become a member, you unleash a myriad of opportunities – opportunities to develop new leadership skills, to socialize with other students studying psychology, to take advantage of numerous educational and career-building programs and events, to serve your campus and greater community, and much more.


  1. Completion of at least three (3) semesters of the college course
  2. Completion of nine (9) semester hours of courses pertaining to psychology
  3. Registration for major or minor standing in psychology or for a program that is psychological in nature and is equivalent to such standings
  4. Undergraduates who are elected to Psi Chi must have an overall cumulative gpa of 3.00 and rank in the upper 35 percent of their class in general scholarship. They must also demonstrate superior scholarship in psychology, earning a minimum gpa in psychology courses of 3.00. Psi Chi accepts the policy of the institution regarding grades.
  5. For graduate students, an average grade of "B" or better in all graduate courses, including psychology
  6. High standards of personal behavior

Benefits of Psi Chi Membership

Lifetime Membership
Membership in Psi Chi is for life, and the $45 national registration fee is the only payment made to the national organization, which does not charge annual dues.

Psi Chi provides national recognition for academic excellence in psychology, an honor which can be noted on employment applications, curriculum vitae, and resumes. Also, as part of the lifetime membership, members receive certificates and cards and are eligible to wear honor cords, medallions, and stoles at graduation.

The Psi Chi National Office provides references throughout each member's lifetime.

Conference Programs
Psi Chi, even our local chapter, sponsors outstanding programs at regional and national psychological association meetings. Members benefit not only from the programs, but also from the opportunity to meet and network with leading psychologists and students from other campuses. In recent years, our chapter has sponsored individuals to attend the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association  Conference and the Western Psychological Association Conference.  It hopes to sponsor more individuals to attend other conferences throughout the country.

Other Activities
Our chapter of Psi Chi sponsors many other activities on campus and beyond. We have sponsored everything from guest speakers to community service projects, as well as fun activities like dances and holiday activities.

How Do People Join?
Students become members by joining the chapter. To join the Highlands' chapter of Psi Chi, you can obtain an application in the Department of Behavioral Sciences or contact:

Jason Swift

Vice President:
Lupe Trujillo

Allison Trosclair

Anastacia S. Sena-Jaramillo

Faculty Advisor:
Maura Pilotti, Ph. D.

Psi Chi – New Mexico Highlands University Chapter
Department of Behavioral Sciences – Psychology
New Mexico Highlands University
Box 9000
Las Vegas, N.M. 87701