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Psi Chi is THE international honor society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of “encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.” Membership in this organization depends on academic achievement—check your UIW email box each semester for an invitation to join, or self-nominate (see criteria below).


  • Be enrolled as a UIW student (or EAP and CIW student)
  • Have completed at least 24 credit hours overall, and at least 9 credit hours of psychology courses.
  • Be a PSYC major or minor
  • Have a psychology GPA that is at least 3.00
  • Have an overall GPA that is in the top 35% of their class – this cutoff is posted and changes each semester!

Each semester UIW Psi Chi sends invitations to eligible candidates via UIW email after we determine the semester’s top 35% in each of the sophomore, junior, and senior classes. Because the GPA “cutoff” changes each semester, a student who qualifies for Psi Chi membership one semester may not necessarily qualify in the following semester SO it is to the candidate’s advantage to join when invited rather than delay joining until the following semester.

Contact:  Dr. Felix-Ortiz,


For more info about the student organizations, email the faculty advisors or visit our Facebook page:

Psychological Society

Psych Society is the student organization for psychology majors/minors, and students interested in psychology. Any student who is interested in psychology may join.

Psych Society offers psychology-based community service events for students, & promotes interaction between community, faculty and students. Typically, students work in pairs to organize events (with the assistance of the officers and faculty advisor).

Contact: Dr. Lisa Lockhart,

Membership: Join UIW Psyc Society through Cardinal Sync (on-line) and “like” this page!


Current UIW Psychology Events

Monthly Meetings:

  • All dates: 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/29
  • Room #: AD 246
  • All meetings serve an informative purpose in keeping the UIW community up to date with events and community service opportunities hosted by Psi Chi and Psychology Society.

Friday, September 15th: Meet the Mission:

Dr. Felix-Ortiz is taking students to San Antonio Clubhouse to work side by side with people coping with mental health issues. Alumni as well as current students are welcome to join in. We meet in the UIW Convocation Center at 7:30 am - 4 pm, or you can join us at San Antonio Clubhouse at 9-ish. We will lunch with the clubhouse members!

September 29th: SASH Trip:

Details on exactly what we’ll be doing will be sent out before the date of the trip.

Saturday, October 7th: NAMI Walk

  • NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest mental health organization helping people to build better lives. We invite the UIW community to walk with the UIW Psychology Team On Saturday, October 7th from 7AM-12PM. Check in is at 6:30. We will be walking a 5k at Morgan’s Wonderland. Our goal is to raise awareness about mental illness. Our donation goal for this year is $100. Donations can be made to the UIW Psychology team’s page.
  • Registration: 1. Go to 2. Click register 3. Click on Oct. 7/ San Antonio TX event 4. Select "walker on a team" 5. Select team UIW psychology 6. Fill out your personal info.

October 27th: Halloween Party for SASH:

Details on exactly what we’ll be doing will be sent out before the date of the trip.

Sunday, October 29th: Trunk or Treat

A theme will be chosen for which the trunk of a car/truck/hatchback will be decorated. Psych org members will dress up in the chosen theme. Candy will be given to children who stop by in the spirit of the Halloween season.

October 30th-November 17th: Canned Food Drive for Golden Harvest

Psych orgs will be participating in Golden Harvest by collecting canned food between October 30th and November 17th. This effort will help add momentum to UIW’s canned food collection. The school with the most canned food items donated will win a prize.

October TBA: Light the Way Board Competition:

We will be meeting on the 7th floor of the Ancira Parking Garage to paint a board that will be placed somewhere on campus for the Winter Holiday season as part of the UIW Light The Way tradition.

November 10th: SASH Thanksgiving Meal:

Details on exactly what we’ll be doing will be sent out before the date of the trip.

November 17th: GRE Workshop

UIW psych orgs invite the UIW student community to attend the GRE workshop presented by Dr. Walker on November 17th from 12PM to 1PM. Dr. Walker will be explaining everything you’d need to know in order to successfully prepare for the GRE! Located in AD 325.

December 6th: Destress Event

Finals Week can be stressful--we know! UIW Psi Chi and Psych Society would like to invite the larger community of UIW to stop by our table at the Administration Building Courtyard, on December 6th from 11AM to 2PM. We will be providing coffee, hot cocoa, tea, gift bags, anti-stress items such as stress balls and helpful anti-stress tips to help you DE-STRESS!