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Department of Psychology

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Psychology Club

The purpose of the Psychology Club is to provide opportunities for all students to learn about psychology and its varied sub-fields and to meet others with this interest. The club also provides opportunities for students who might be interested in psychology as a potential major to learn about the field and the program at Lehman.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology. In 2004, it will celebrate its 75th Anniversary. It also is one of the nation's largest honor societies and has become a major source of funding and support for research, especially by undergraduate students. Students pay a one-time membership fee.

At Lehman, our chapter has been recognized as one of the most outstanding chapters in the nation. In 2000, we received a Regional Chapter Award and a Regional Faculty Advisor Award. Chapter officers presented a well-attended workshop at the 2001 conference of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) on Keeping Your Psi Chi Chapter Alive and Kicking that included then-National President Peter Giordano as a discussant. In 2002, our officers presented a symposia at the conference of the American Psychological Society in New Orleans on Engaging Undergraduates in Research.

In 2001, we received the Ruth Hubbard Cousins National Chapter Award. This award is presented each year to one chapter "for outstanding programming of activities, effective membership practices, responsible participation in regional and national activities, and for best achieving the purpose of Psi Chi 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." Also in 2001, Prof. Vincent Prohaska, our previous faculty adviser, received the Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Adviser Award. This award is presented each year to one faculty adviser "for outstanding contributions to Psi Chi and Psychology."

In more recent years, the Psi Chi chapter at Lehman has continued this strong tradition, earning several model capter awards and making number presentations at the annual Eastern Psychology Association conferences in Boston, Philadelphia and New York City.

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