Posted Posted in Involvement in Psychology


What is Psi Chi?
National Organization’s Requirements
The Application Process
The Psi Chi Experience
A Psychology Network without Equal
Lifetime Membership
Awards and Grants
Peer Counselors
How to become a Peer Counselor

What is Psi Chi?

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purpose of promoting excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the qualifications (please see below for qualifications). Psi Chi functions as a federation of chapters located at more than 1,000 senior colleges and universities, and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS). Membership in Psi Chi offers unique advantages that cannot be found elsewhere, and particularly for the price. Almost all applications for graduate school and employment ask for honors, which are difficult to obtain after one leaves school. Membership in Psi Chi is open to you as a student; after you graduate it is too late to join.

Click here for more information on Psi Chi at Queens College.

Among the National Organization’s Requirements for Membership:

  • Completion of at least 3 semesters or 5 quarters of the college course.
  • Completion of 9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours of psychology.
  • Registration for major or minor standing in psychology or for a program psychological in nature which is equivalent to such standings.
  • Undergraduates who are elected to Psi Chi must rank in the upper 35% of their class (sophomore, junior, senior) in general scholarship. In addition, they must also demonstrate superior scholarship in psychology, earning a minimum GPA in psychology courses of at least 3.00, and a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 in those few instances when the upper 35% falls below a 3.00 GPA. Psi Chi accepts the policy of the institution’s registrar regarding grades.
  • For graduate students, an average grade of “B” or better in all graduate courses, including psychology.
  • High standards of personal behavior.
  • Two-thirds affirmative vote of those present at a regular meeting of the chapter.

The Application Process

  • The Queens College Psi Chi chapter inducts new members once during the Fall semester and once during the Spring semester. Applying for membership is easy, just complete the following steps:
  • Pick up an application from the Psych office, located in the New Science Building, room E318 or:
  • Download the appropriate forms from the Psi Chi National website
    Membership Application
    Registration Card
  • Complete the entire application, including both sections of the registration card.
  • Attach a check for $50.00 made out to Queens College (no staples, please).
  • Submit the entire package to the Psych Office, NSB E318.
  • You will be contacted regarding your acceptance and informed of the induction date if your application meets the national requirements.

The Psi Chi Experience

The first and foremost benefit of Psi Chi membership has always been the honor and recognition of academic excellence, but that is just the beginning of the Psi Chi experience. In reality, Psi Chi is much more than an honor society. It is an exciting network of like-minded colleagues and experienced psychologists— a springboard for professional and personal growth. When you become a member, you unleash a myriad of new opportunities—opportunities to develop leadership skills, to network and develop one-on-one relationships with faculty and other psychology professionals, to socialize with other psychology students, to take advantage of numerous educational and career-building programs and events, to serve your campus and greater community, and much more.

A Psychology Network without Equal

When Psi Chi was founded in 1929, its membership was limited to outstanding graduate students from the top graduate schools in psychology. As the field of psychology grew, undergraduate students with exceptional academic records were also admitted to membership, and Psi Chi’s network of chapters spread to over 1,000 campuses across the U.S. Now Psi Chi has more chapters than any other honor society in baccalaureate institutions, and has the largest membership of any psychological organization in the world.

Lifetime Membership:

Membership in Psi Chi is for life, and the $50 national registration fee is the only payment to the national organization, which does not charge annual dues.


Psi Chi provides national recognition for academic excellence in psychology, an honor which can be noted on employment applications, vitae, and resumes. Also, as part of lifetime membership, members receive membership certificates and cards and are eligible to wear honor cords, medallions, and stoles at graduation.


The Psi Chi National Office provides references throughout each member’s lifetime. This service alone is worth the investment.

Awards and Grants

Psi Chi’s current award and grant programs total over $225,000. Ninety-five research awards include the highly esteemed Newman Award for graduate research, the Guilford Awards and Allyn & Bacon Awards for undergraduate research, the Erlbaum Awards in Cognitive Science for both graduate and undergraduate research, and the Regional and National Convention Research Awards. National and regional awards are also available for outstanding chapters and faculty advisors. Psi Chi also awards numerous grants of up to $1,500 for undergraduate research projects, ten $3,500 summer research grants, and, in cooperation with the National Science Foundation, six additional summer research grants of $5,000 each. The Thelma Hunt grant program provides up to $3,000 for empirical research on questions directly related to Psi Chi, and 12 additional grants of $2,000 each are available for research conducted by Psi Chi faculty advisors.

Publications Eye on Psi Chi magazine provides national recognition for members and chapters, and features outstanding articles on careers in psychology, graduate school advice, and personal development, plus special articles by distinguished psychologists on topics of interest. Eye on Psi Chi is available to be picked up in the Psych office at NSB E318. The Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research offers a vehicle for undergraduates to publish their research in a national, fully reviewed journal.

Send us an email at regarding membership, events, etc., or contact the Psychology office at (718) 997-3200

Peer Counselors

  • Fellow undergraduates provide invaluable advice and information about courses and procedures.
  • Office hours for peer counselors are posted in the Psychology Department office.
  • They also provide assistance with problems relating to volunteer jobs, give information about teacher evaluations, discuss career choices or any other questions relevant to the vast field of psychology.
  • Before you attend an interview with an advisor, it is helpful (and considerate) to think out your problems/questions, and to specify the information desired.
  • The counselors will provide you with the desired information or will refer you to faculty members or administrative officers who can resolve the difficulty.

How to become a Peer Counselor

  • Service as a peer counselor can be a good source of experience for individuals considering careers in the helping professions.
  • If you are interested in being a peer counselor, information on the requirements and duties is available in Powdermaker Hall, Room 128.
  • Psychology majors who are interested in serving as departmental peer counselors are encouraged to see Dr. Lanson.
  • The prerequisites are a minimum of 4 courses in Psychology at Queens College, junior standing, and Student Personnel 200 (Introduction to Counseling and Advisement).



Posted Posted in Honors & Awards


The Gregory Razran Award: for the highest Psychology GPA and an overall GPA of at least 3.50.
2015 Winner: Elana Frenkel

The William Schoenfeld Award: for the second highest Psychology GPA and an overall GPA of at least 3.50.
2015 Winner: Talia Weinberg

The Mitchell L. Kietzman Award: for excellence in psychological research. Recommendation from research supervisor required.
2015 Winner: Katarzyna Zajac

The Thomas E. Frumkes Award: for excellence in psychological research. Recommendation from research supervisor required.
2015 Winner: Martha Karran

The Harold Schuckman Award: for a student who will be attending a graduate program in psychology. Application and personal statement required.
2014 Winner: Marianna Lamnina

The Gregory Razran Research Award: for a student who going on toward a Ph.D. in psychology. Application, personal statement, and letter of acceptance required.
2014 Winner: Raeya Maswood

The Lakowitz Award
2015 Winner: Jessica Wilner

The Daniel V. Caputo Award: for a student who is committed to pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Application form required.
2015 Winner: Allison Rumelt

The Arthur A. Witkin Award: for a student who has earned honors in psychology and who will be attending a graduate program in psychology. Preference is given to a student with a background in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Recommendation required.
2015 Winner: Christina Kim

The Wilma A. Winnick Award: for a student who has made substantive contributions to the department. Recommendation required.
2015 Winner: Nicole Gonzalez

The Edith Weiner Award: for work with Alzheimer’s disease patients. Recommendation from advisor/supervisor required.
2015 Winner: Sara Resch

The John V. Conti Award: for a student who will be attending a graduate program in psychology or a related profession. Acceptable areas are General Psychology, Behavioral Analysis, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Social Work. Preferred areas: Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Mental/Emotional Illness. Application, personal statement, and letter of acceptance required.
2015 Winner: Kristen Gruenfelder

The Dr. Effie Mitsis Memorial Award: for a student who will be attending a graduate program in Neuroscience. Application, personal statement, faculty recommendation letter, and letter of acceptance required.
2015 Winner: Alicia Barrientos

Departmental honors are automatically given to graduating Psychology majors who meet the following criteria:

  • Overall GPA of at least 3.50 (rounded to 2nd decimal place)
  • PSYCH GPA based upon at least 18 PSYCH credits taken at QC (except June graduates)
  • PSYCH GPA of 3.9 – 4.0 for Highest Honors
  • PSYCH GPA of 3.70 – 3.89 for High Honors
  • PSYCH GPA of 3.50 – 3.69 for Honors



Highest Honors
High Honors
Adkins, Lillian
Abramov, Danielle
Abouelenein, Alaa
Adler, Talya
Aronov, Ilana
Akter, Asma
Adler, Rikki
Ayoob, Nilufar
Avaolos, Sylmary
Allen, Michael
Babikian, Rachel
Balde, Kimberly
Babic, Sandra
Barrientos, Alicia
Bari, Rebecca
Bahadur, Christina
Bautista, Adrian
Blackman, Esther
Barris, Shoshana
Behrman, Samantha
Bravo, Bryan
Baumgardt, Annalise
Benjamin, Esther
Cohen, Matthew
Bethon, Alanna
Bernstein, Michael
Constantine, Rita
Bokhari, Hira
Biegeleisen, Rachel
Formoso, Stephanie
Chamish, Ariella
Bonilla, Jane
Galante, Michele
Cheng, Brian
Buckley, Ernest
Gold, Rebecca
Cohen, Ben
Busanet, Angelica
Gong, Holly
Duhaney, Nicole
Campbell, Venessa
Gruol, Bernadette
Elbogen, Malka
Castro, Joseph
Hong, Seong
Feldman, Shlomo
Catechis, Victoria
Katz, Sarah
Fink, Anne
Chait, Natasha
Leibowitz, Melissa
Frenkel, Elana
Dai, Linly
Levine, Atara
Gelin, Melissa
Danz Lopez, Shabreena
Martinez, Dayana
Gonzalez, Melissa
Dorga, Alexandra
Medrano, Manuel
Greenberg, Shlomo
Ehrenreich, Lisa
Mullady, Sofya
Halberstam, Tzipora
Elishayev, Ilan
Nadeem, Maryam
Haller, Leora
Fein, Zachary
Neville, Mattie
Held, Jessica
Fernandez, Juan
Niu, Acelynn
Hershman, Pamela
Fischetti, Jessica
Okeke, Nkechi
Hirschman, Mallory
Forrest, Alexys
Papadopoulos, Isidora
Huttel, Adam
Fromowitz, Adina
Park, Eun
Huttel, Seth
Fukui, Yukimi
Piedra, Solange
Ivgi, Danielle
Gandhi, Alpa
Randazzo, Vincenza
Jamgotchian, Gayane
Golinska, Patrycja
Redisch, Aimee
Kaplan, Sara Tova
Gruenfelder, Kristen
Rojas, Jennifer
Karran, Martha
Hecht, Penina
Rosen, Atara
Khatri, Mariam
Heino, Elyssa
Sanandaji, Yasmine
Kim, Christina
Hoepelman, Mariel
Santiago, Tiffany
Landau, Basya
Hubert, Jacob
Shin, Juhyun
Langer, Elizabeth
Hussain, Tanvir
Theodore, Amanda
Lebovitz, Adina
Hwang, Cho Rok
Lerner, Mark
Jacobs, Asaf
Li, Chenyang
Khasidova, Marina
Lizzol, Kimberly
Kim, Sophia
Lockerman, Elliot
Klein, Alex
Low, Ee Teng
Kobel, Caraline
Lubel, Alexandra
Konigsberg, Rebecca
Marinez, Ashley
Kump, Victoria
Maslavi, Jaclyn
Leshaw, Shoshana
Meredith, Geneva
Lichtshein, Sima
Murray, Allison
Lillien, Meryl
Nof, Michal
Lu, Yi Hsuan
Novitsky, Jeremy
Marin, Jesenia
Odinsky, Jonathan
Maslow, Aliza
Plawes, Avigail
Matic, Katarina
Polinsky, Atara
Mcintyre, Nicole
Prizgint, Lara
Mishiev, Benjamin
Raden, Yael
Nicoletti, Alexandra
Rahman, Naema
Oranjian, Nevair
Rubin, Michelle
Ott, Joanne
Rumelt, Allison
Paskett, Amanda
Saleman, Hannah
Pastor, Catherine
Sanchez, Daniela
Philip, Aleyamma
Schlanger, Rachel
Rasheed, Mariam
Schlesinger, Benjamin
Rodriguez, David
Schwartzbard, Rachel
Rosen, David
Sekera, Valerie
Rubinov, Elana
Shafi, Rawan
Russello, Alessia
Shay, Jacqueline
Sheer, Penina
Shen, Yong
Shimanova, Izabella
Shimunov, Israel
Siegel, Esther
Silverman, Rebecca
Singh, Amrinderjit
Small, Shani
Suarez, Yuddy
Sosnowik, Shayna
Szpak, Katarzyna
Sprung, Chaya
Szydlo, Joseph
Steigerwald, Michele
Tak, Kiran
Urrutia, Jennifer
Turner, Susan
Valentin, Megan
Vargas, Jiselle
Vig, Vishal
Venables, Kasey
Weinberg, Talia
Wolkenfeld, Sara
Weinberg, Eliana
Yakubova, Alla
Weiss, Esther
Yakubova, Vera
Weiss, Daniella
Zaki, Sylvia
Weprin, Stephanie
Zanjirian, Nicole
Yam, Tsz Yan
Zeleznik, Rachel
Zaidi, Syedzohair
Zajac, Katarzyna
Zhou, Liye
Ziegler, Mindy
Zubovic, Lauren