Student organizations like PALS and Psi Chi provide additional opportunities to develop skills and build friendships and networks. Students are encouraged to join PALS in their freshman year and, if they meet the academic qualifications, to apply for Psi Chi membership in their sophomore year.
The Psychology Association of Lamar Students (PALS) is open to all students who have an interest in psychology and joining an on-campus organization. Through the joint efforts of PALS members and their faculty advisors, Dr. Judith Mann
and Dr. Martha Rinker, members have opportunities to get involved on-campus and in the wider community. PALS host the department’s lecture series titled, “Odd Fridays with Psychology” in which speakers discuss psychology-related topics of interest to students.
Recent topics have included: Subliminal Advertising, Meditation, Eating Disorders, Hypnosis, How Stress Affects Your Brain, Preparing for Graduate School, Biofeedback, Narcissism, and The Criminal Mind. Also active in community service, PALS participates in special projects to assist community organizations.
Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology. Our local chapter is one of approximately 1,100 Psi Chi chapters located around the globe. Our local chapter typically reviews membership applications during the Fall semester and inducts new members in the Spring semester. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in psychology, and who meet the minimum qualifications. Information about qualifications can be obtained at the Psi Chi website (www.psichi.org) or by contacting Psi Chi’s faculty advisor at Lamar University (Dr. Martha Rinker, firstname.lastname@example.org).
As an honor society, Psi Chi promotes and recognizes student scholarship and academic excellence. Members interested in conducting research are encouraged to explore the research grant funding opportunities available through the international Psi Chi office. Membership provides students with opportunities for involvement within the department - providing members with valuable opportunities to develop one-on-one relationships with professors who encourage their interest in psychology, involve them in research projects, and write meaningful letters of recommendation.
Service is an important component of the Psi Chi experience. The science of psychology revolves around improving the human condition. Providing service to community members is a step in the right direction. Psi Chi often teams up with PALS to perform volunteer community outreach projects such as: tutoring, participation in races for charity, local beach cleanup, nursing home volunteering, clothing and food drives, and holiday assistance to families in need.