Department Activities

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarships, and advancing the science of psychology. Psi Chi provides national recognition for academic excellence in psychology, an honor that can be noted on employment applications, vitae, and resumes. Psi Chi also provides over $250,000 annually in awards and grants to its student members and chapters. The City College of New York chapter of Psi Chi was chartered in 1961, and has supported both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research interests in such areas as clinical, cognitive, social, and developmental psychology. Membership in Psi Chi is recognized at departmental honors ceremonies. Psi Chi also publishes a journal of undergraduate research that includes useful information for students in psychology. Membership in Psi Chi is open to qualified candidates of any age, sex, sexual orientation, race, handicap or disability, color, religion, and nation and ethnic origin. Membership is for life. The national registration fee of $49 is the only payment ever made to the national organization, which does not charge dues. Students qualify for membership in Psi Chi if they: (1) are recommended by a faculty member, (2) have taken 9 credits of psychology beyond PSY 10200, (3) have a minimum 3.0 grade point average in Psychology and in cumulative grades, and (4) have completed 3 semesters of college courses. Interested students should contact Dr. Brett Silverstein (, NAC 7/120A, 212-650-5700.

Department Colloquium Series

Throughout the year, the Psychology Department sponsors lectures on various topics in psychology, including cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology, and health psychology, given by prominent members of the scientific community. The lectures are free and open to the public. Majors are encouraged to attend.