Psychology at Two-Year Colleges
Admitted to ACHS: 1994
Incorporated in Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 5, 1981
No of Active Chapters: 129
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 3
Total Membership: 38469
Annual/current Membership: 1762
Number of Regions: 5
Publications: Psi Beta Online Newsletters - fall and spring editions
PURPOSE: To encourage, stimulate, promote and recognize interest and excellence in psychology, to advance the science of psychology, and to nurture scholarship in all fields of study. The mission of Psi Beta honor society is professional development of psychology students at two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible students must be enrolled at an accredited two-year college with a Psi Beta Chapter, rank in the top 35% of students enrolled in a degree or transfer program or have an overall 3.25 GPA (whichever is higher), have at least a B average in at least one semester of psychology, and have completed 12 semester hours of degree applicable college coursework. Candidates for membership must have demonstrated a genuine interest in psychology and high standards of personal behavior and integrity. Final election must be approved by three-fourths affirmative vote of members present at a regular chapter meeting or the faculty advisor. The local chapter may establish higher academic requirements.
MAJOR ACTIVITIES: The Society participates in six annual regional conventions that feature student paper and poster sessions, distinguished lecturers, and a variety of symposia and workshops including diversity. Psi Beta sponsors six award programs that include undergraduate research awards. Other major activities include an annual national research project and a model community service project (e.g., bystander effect and mindset workshops at local high schools and middle schools). The National Council meets once a year for a face-to-face meeting during the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA).