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CCSU Psychology Honor Society Wins Top Award

It’s been a busy few years for the CCSU chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

Not only has its membership earned an unprecedented amount of research awards in recent years, but it has won four additional achievement awards.

The most recent accolade, the 2017 Ruth Hubbard Cousins Chapter Award, is one of the honor society’s top awards, which recognizes chapters that best promote excellence in the science and application of psychology. CCSU’s chapter was selected in April from a field of 1,100 applicants from around the world.

The award includes a $3,000 honorarium, a portion of which will send Psi Chi members to regional and national psychology conferences.
To be considered for the award, chapters must have received a Model Chapter Award in two of the three past years and a Regional Chapter Award once within the last three years. Award candidates also must vote in Psi Chi elections annually, submit activity reports, show an increase in enrollment, adhere to Psi Chi policies, demonstrate a clear plan for the cash award, and write an essay. This year’s applicants were asked to write an essay on the meaning of success. CCSU’s chapter cited three overarching paths to success in its essay: the facilitation of students’ personal and professional development, community service and engagement, and contributions to the field of psychological science.

The chapter also is working to reduce the stigma of mental illness on campus, according to Marianne Fallon, the chapter’s faculty advisor and regional vice president of the Eastern Psychological Association.
“This is unfolding as we speak,” says Fallon. “Psi Chi International will gather experts to discuss what we can be doing on college campuses to reduce mental health stigma and then provide a series of suggested activities that we can implement. This will be one of our major goals next year.”

Courtney Taylor, a second-year graduate student in General Psychology, B.A. Psychology and Criminology ’16, and Psi Chi’s president, says in addition to sending its members to conferences, “Our biggest goal is to help psychology students get involved in campus life.

“We do podcasts with psychology professors to help students know who they’d like to study with,” Taylor explains. “We hold an event called ‘Research Stories,’ which is a colloquium with one to three presenters who talk about how they conduct their research and help students not get blindsided when they take the required Research Methods course.”

Psi Chi encourages all of its members to pursue research opportunities. Fallon says, “High quality research advances the discipline and also responsibly applies that research to make the world better.”

- Kate Callahan ’14