Suggested Bylaws for Psi Alpha Omega

Psi Alpha Omega provides academic recognition for students of color and students interested in the study of ethnic and cultural issues within the discipline of psychology.

Psi Alpha Omega engages in, encourages, and supports efforts to recruit ethnic minority students into the field and profession of psychology.

Psi Alpha Omega provides mentorship opportunities to our members.

Psi Alpha Omega provides partial monetary assistance on a competitive basis to student members to present and attend local, regional and national psychology conventions.

Psi Alpha Omega sponsors competitive research awards in the area of ethnic minority issues for our student members.

The name of this organization shall be Psi Alpha Omega, The National Honor Society in Psychology for Students of Color and Students Interested in the Study of Ethnic and Cultural Issues.

The intentions of this organization are:

  • To enhance national recognition of the member’s early and continued interest in the field of psychology, and to acknowledge the dedication to academic success and excellence for students of color in psychology.  We also provide national recognition for all students whose primary   interests include the psychological study of ethnic and cultural issues.
  • To provide a forum for increasing one’s perspective about psychology and for building a sense of community and identity with others in the field of psychology for students of color in psychology and for students interested in ethnicity.
  • To enhance leadership skills.
  • To develop mentorship between students and professionals, to encourage research, to help support student members’ travel to professional conferences, and to encourage other associated activities.
  • To create opportunities for our student members and faculty professional interaction and mentoring outside the classroom.
  • To increase the number of our student members in undergraduate and graduate programs in psychology and to increase research interests in ethnic and cultural issues in institutions of higher education.
  • To increase the number of professionals in the field of psychology who are dedicated to the study of ethnic and cultural issues.

Membership of Psi Alpha Omega shall be open to all qualified candidates regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, handicap or disability, and religion.

MEMBERSHIP STATUS. Members in this category will include students enrolled in community, undergraduate or graduate institutions.  Requirements for Full Membership shall include:

  1. Students in community college, undergraduate institutions, and graduate institutions who are ethnic minority or who have an interest in ethnic and cultural issues.
  2. Student members must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 at the time of registration.
  3. Student members must have earned a “B” average in psychology courses.
  4. Student members must have completed at least an introductory level psychology course and completed 12 semester hours, or 15 quarter hours of total course work, or, if a high school student, scored a 3 or above on the psychology advanced placement test.
  5. Members should hold themselves to high standards of personal behavior and integrity.
  6. To be considered for Full Membership, students must provide a signature from a faculty member at their current institution which attests to 1-5 above.

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HIGH SCHOOL MEMBERSHIP STATUS. Members in this category may be high school students with an interest in psychology.

  1. Associate Members must meet a minimum GPA of 3.00.
  2. Associate members must be currently enrolled in an advanced placement psychology course or have pass the Advanced Placement Test in Psychology with a score of 3 or higher.
  3. Associate Members must have high standards of personal behavior and integrity.
  4. Associate Members must provide a signature from a current faculty member attesting to requirements 1-3.
  5. Associate Member Status will have no voting rights and are unable to hold office.
  6. Cost of a life-time Associate Membership shall be $12.50.
  7. Upon entering an institution of higher education, an Associate Member is able to become a Full Member upon the fulfillment of requirements 1-6 under Full Membership Status and the payment of $7.50.

All Executive Committee members will be voted in from the membership and must hold Full Membership Status of the honor society.

The Executive Committee shall include the following:

  • DIRECTOR.  The director can serve only one 6-year term.
  • VICE DIRECTORS.  There shall be two regional vice directors whose terms shall be two years on a staggered basis.

Regional meetings shall be held at each recognized APA regional convention.
The intent of the meetings shall incorporate:

  • The interest and study of ethnic minority issues in psychology.
  • Student preparations for Graduate School.
  • Knowledge from professionals in the field of psychology.
  • Interaction with mentors.

National meetings shall be at the national APA and APS conventions.
The intent of the meetings shall incorporate:

  • The interest and study of ethnic and cultural issues.
  • Student preparations for Graduate School.
  • Knowledge from professionals in the field of psychology.
  • Interaction with mentors.

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