Psi Chi inducts new members into honors society, allows students to make connections


From left: Abby Russell, Julia Thorne, Krystia Grembocki and Mariah Palmer present during the Psi Chi induction March 3. All four are Psi Chi officers, Grembocki being the Psi Chi president.
Photo by Christopher Scribner

ABBY STONE | Reporter 

Psychology honors society Psi Chi inducted 23 members on March 3 and gave the society a moment to reflect on psychological achievement, according to Stephanie Afful, associate psychology professor.

Afful is one of the faculty advisers for Psi Chi. She said this induction was a proud moment for her as an adviser. Both the induction and the organization are all student-led.

“They’re reading the mission and reading the names and congratulating their fellow members, and we’re just smiling,” Afful said.

Julia Thorne, vice president of Psi Chi, said the induction was a time to welcome new members with a ritual.

Thorne said the officers read about the values of Psi Chi on campus and in the community and also outlined the core values of research.

The students invited to join Psi Chi must have a 3.0 GPA and have taken three psychology credits because it is an honors society.

Thorne said she joined Psi Chi because it looks good on résumés and has a strong community presence.

“It’s a good community on campus that is very like-minded,” Thorne said.

Mariah Palmer said she enjoys Psi Chi because it is a national organization that connects psychology students from other schools.

“I really like being a part of something bigger than just Lindenwood,” Palmer said.

Afful said it is important for the students to be connected within their major. Through Psi Chi, the students can make connections.

She said that while it is a professional society, they do offer a social aspect.

Psi Chi participates in many charitable events, according to Afful. They have participated in walks for Alzheimer’s and for suicide prevention.

Coming up, Afful said Psi Chi will be holding an adult spelling bee. This event will be raising money for a domestic violence women’s shelter.

“It’s just to have fun,” Afful said. “We’re really hoping that people will come and practice their spelling without their phones.”

Thorne said Psi Chi will hold the spelling bee on April 17. They will have first, second, and third prizes as well as refreshments.

“We’ve never had anything like this before,” Thorne said. “Anybody who wants to participate can participate.”