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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.
A few notes:
Tutoring Services:
– Great volunteer opportunity for Psi Chi members! Earn 25 points per hour! Works around your schedule! Sign up now!
– Please email with questions.
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 if you plan to attend, or if you can provide or need carpooling.

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!


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 Also, don’t forget that the members will vote on each committee/chair, so having a little speech prepared is suggested! 

SWPA 2017 Information

Hello Friends,

First of all, I am pleased to let you know that the program for this year’s SWPA Convention has been released. Feel free to browse the poster/presentation titles and times. It looks like there will be a lot of interesting research being presented this year from many different areas of psychology, but I will let you be the judge of that. Here is the link:

Also, don’t forget to sign up for the convention by March 8th in order to keep the fee at $65 (instead of the $80 it will jump to after that time). Here is that link:

Now for the fun stuff. These are the estimates of how much the conference will cost to attend,  per person (minus the registration fee). I have provided a brief, itemized breakdown, as well, so you can know exactly where your money is going. Keep in mind that the Hyatt Regency where we will be staying does not offer a complimentary breakfast (I double checked) and that Psi Chi will be paying for one dinner at a to-be-determined restaurant.

If you decide to take the BUS:

Bus ticket (round-trip): $31.59

Hotel room (per person, 3 nights): $162.00

TOTAL: $193.59

If you decide to DRIVE/CARPOOL:

Hotel room (per person, 3 nights): $162.00

Parking (per car, 3 days): $87 (self-parking) / $117 (valet)

Gas: ? (for average 2015 car: $32.44 [@ 25.4 MPG, 398 mi., and $2.07 per gal.])

TOTAL: $249 (self-parking) / $279 (valet) plus gas*

*Note that if self-parking and carpooling with a total of 4 people (or 5 people with valet), the price per person drops to just below that of the bus price after splitting the costs.

Remember to take a look at the program and decide which presentations seem most exciting to you. That way, you will be able to see what interests you the most at SWPA, thus getting the most for your money. We will be sending out emails soon asking for confirmation of your intention to attend the convention as well as containing further details on potential activities and trip specifics. We will be seeing you all soon! Take care.

Cana Quave

Academic Affairs Officer

Psi Chi | University of Houston Chapter