Meeting Minutes, Special Notes, and Chair Election Information!

Meeting minutes from the first general meeting are available on our website! Thank you to all who showed up, truly unprecedented! For those who were unable to attend, hopefully the powerpoint and website will answer most of your questions.
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A few notes:
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Tutoring Services:
– Great volunteer opportunity for Psi Chi members! Earn 25 points per hour! Works around your schedule! Sign up now!
– Please email uh.psichi.tutor@gmail.com with questions.
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Volunteer Events:
– 50 points for volunteering!!
– Friday October 6, 2017 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm is the ARC of Greater Houston Dance and Social
– Please email uh.psichi@gmail.com if you plan to attend, or if you can provide or need carpooling.
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For those who are interested in presenting a project /poster at next years SWPA, the due date is November 1st, so get your application in soon!

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Psi Chi chair elections will be held on October 5th at 5:45 PM in Heyne 135, at the next General Meeting. Below is a quick description of each officer/committee you can run for (you can also run for more than one chair position).  

Chair positions are open to members of both Psi Chi and Psychology Club! This is a great position that will help you learn and grow, while gaining valuable leadership experience. 

Social (President): Organize social events, and organizational activities to increase group chemistry.

Inductions (Vice President): Plan inductions ceremony for each semester, and compile member points.

Fundraising (Treasurer): Apply for funding from the university, upkeep of Psi Chi store, organize food for meetings and socials, organize bake sales and other fundraisers.

Volunteering (Secretary): Process applications for Psi Chi and Psychology Club, help organize volunteer opportunities, and tutoring services.

Academic Affairs: Plan annual SWPA conference, organize academic events, and organize journal club meetings.

Scrapbooking/Photography (Historian): Create Psychobabble newsletters, create flyers to advertise all events and meetings, upkeep of social media accounts, create yearly scrapbook, take photos at all events and meetings.

Please email what position(s) you would like to run for to uh.psichi@gmail.com. Also, don’t forget that the members will vote on each committee/chair, so having a little speech prepared is suggested! 

Recent events on campus

Hello fellow members,

There is some profoundly sad news about a member of the University of Houston family. A student committed suicide recently. While we do not know the reason for this students’ choice, we know that whatever it may have been, it affected them to the point that they felt they had one option left. Please be aware that there are many mental health services available. If you are having any problems, know that there are people who are willing to listen and to be there for you.

Some who face these issues feel like they are not worth helping, or that their problems are not “bad enough” to trouble someone else with them. If you fall into this category, please know that there are those willing to help you, no matter how large or small it may seem to you. What is important here is how these events or issues are affecting you. You are important. You matter. Please reach out to whoever you can.

Currently, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is allowing walk-in appointments, and is waiving their normal fees. If it is not current business hours, and you are in crisis, please call 713.743.5454. The consultant on duty will help you with whatever is happening.

If you are uncomfortable with talking to a CAPS representative, there are many resources available on this page. You can try to find social services to assist you on that page, and there are crisis hotlines listed as well if you need immediate help.

If you want to help your fellow students, please visit the UH Wellness Programs page, and consider signing up for one of the training programs to help you identify students in need, and provide you tools for providing assistance.

Please, everyone, be safe, and ask if you need help.

Psi Chi First Meeting!

Psi Chi hopes everyone made it through the storm safely, and that you are ready to restart this semester!

Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society) and Psychology Club would like to welcome you to our very first general meeting of the semester!
This is open to all Psychology majors and those that have an interest in Psychology.

Our first meeting will be held on:

September 14th at 5:45 pm Room 135 in the Heyne building. 

Yes, we will have pizza!

Members, don’t forget to wear your Psi Chi shirts and bring along a friend! 🙂

For those who are free, at 5:15 pm there will be a short meet & greet with the new 2017-2018 officers, come by early and get to know us!

Please fill out a survey about your expectations and experiences with Psi Chi and Psychology Club

Like us on Facebook for more updates & news: Psi Chi and Psychology Club at the University of Houston.

Thanks and see you there!

Welcome to Fall 2017!

A hearty welcome to our new and returning students! We will be posting our meeting schedule soon, but we do have a couple of events upcoming that we’d like as many people as possible to participate in.

The first is the Weeks of Welcome Day of Service. This event, hosted by the University, is one which helps give back to our surrounding community. There are two shifts available, and a number of volunteer opportunities. We’d love for Psi Chi and Psychology members to participate. If you’re interested, find out more and sign up on this page. Once you’ve signed up, please contact us and let us know that you’ve done so, so that we can arrange to check-in together, and work together as a team. If you have a preferred task (e.g. neighborhood community clean ups, gardening projects, preparing and packaging meals for the elderly, and other beautification projects), please let us know when you contact us.

Our other event is our 1st Bake Sale of the Semester! It will be on September 12th, from 9 AM – 4 PM in the Student Center South. This fundraiser will help us afford to attend academic conferences, get snacks for club meetings, and fund our induction ceremonies. You can volunteer, donate baked goods, or both.  If you are going to volunteer, please consider RSVPing on Get Involved so we have an idea of how many volunteers we should be expecting, and also plan to wear a Psi Chi t-shirt if you have one!

Website submissions

Hello all!

We are always looking for website submissions! Want to give a summarize of an interesting paper you’ve read? Have a paper for a former class you are particularly proud of?  Took a great picture at one of our events? Want to make a video explaining why you like Psi Chi and Psychology Club? Any of these can be submitted for points (if the submission is accepted). Please follow these sign up instructions to get the ball rolling.

Caveats:

  • We do not accept submissions of papers that were submitted for a class you are currently enrolled in, unless the professor gives written permission to do so.
  • Pictures of other students must have written permission from those in the picture.
  • If writing a summary of a paper you’ve read, please include a link to the abstract. If you’re not sure how to do so, or want to know how to prevent plagiary, these are some good guidelines.  While this may seem like a lot of work, it helps to develop good writing skills, which will help you with classes.

NAMI Walks

Vanessa Rathway was a former member of Psi Chi and Psychology Club and joined us on our last SWPA trip. Vanessa lived with bipolar disorder, and so we are walking in her honor, to end the stigma and to give hope to others living with bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Vanessa will be deeply missed and Psychology Club was so grateful to have her as a member. Let’s end the stigma!
The 5-km (3-mile) walk will be held Saturday, 6 May 2017 in Sam Houston Park (1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002). Check-in starts at 8 am, and the walk starts at 9 am.

Join our Event page on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1907218449510316/

For more information about Vanessa and the walk:
http://www.namiwalks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=11600

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/vanessa-rathway-obituary?pid=1000000184290906

Recent News in Psychology

Here’s some recent news in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science from around the internet.

We Need a Deeper Psychology of Men
A better understanding of men can help us better respond to men…

Identifying genes key to human memory: Insights from genetics and cognitive neuroscience
Researchers have identified more than 100 genes important for memory in people. The study is the first to identify correlations between gene data and brain activity during memory processing, providing a new window into human memory…

Statspeak: Embracing artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence is taking a central role in consumers’ lives…

Love at First Sight: New Research on Who’s Attracted to Whom
What we can learn about the laws of attraction from new speed-dating research…

Belief in Sexual Compatibility Can Sour Your Sex Life
The antidote? Endorsing a “sexual growth” perspective…

A New Direction for Artificial Intelligence?
OpenAI will describe a new machine-learning approach at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital conference…

What Elon Musk Really Thinks of Artificial Intelligence–and Why You Should Care
A new Vanity Fair profile of Musk offers some revelations about the entrepreneur’s battle against A.I…

Sometimes ‘Introspection’ Is You Just Making Stuff Up
Carl Jung once said that “in each of us there is another whom we do not know.” A shorter, more modern version of that might be the “introspection illusion,” a term coined by Princeton psychologist Emily Pronin to describe the cognitive bias that essentially makes the same point as Jung: You don’t always know your own thoughts and feelings as well as you think you do…

Syrian Refugee Crisis Damages Education, Psychology
“This is just not a normal environment for a child … Think about what children are feeling under those circumstances”

From the Classroom to the NICU: Real-World Neuroscience Opening New Avenues
When going to the movies with a group of friends, one small action can make a big difference when it comes to being on the same page after the movie: eye contact…

Psychology Says Humor Can Improve Success (If You Do This 1 Thing)
Research shows you have to use humor carefully if you want it to get you ahead…

Neuroscience: This Is How Meditation Changes Your Brain for the Better
The incredible science of how even a little meditation significantly alters your brain…

Research Assistant Position

The Sleep and Anxiety Center of Houston at the University of Houston, under the direction of Dr. Candice Alfano, is now accepting applications from undergraduate students who will be in their Junior or Senior year and are interested in gaining research experience.

Responsibilities will include: recruitment phone calls/emails/flyers, data entry, behavior data observation, equipment and data management, and appointment coordination.
3.00 cumulative GPA
4-8 hours a week

Scholarships

Visit the Psychology Scholarships page for more information

Laurie T. Callicutt Scholarship
The scholarship of $2000 each is awarded annually to one of four outstanding junior psychology majors for use in their senior year based on academic and research excellence.
Lee and Beverley Martin Scholarship

This scholarship is based on need, no merit-based information is requested as part of the application.

Requirements:
Financial need.