Student Groups

Student organizations like PALS and Psi Chi provide you opportunities to develop skills and build networks. You are encouraged to join PALS in your freshman year and, if you meet the academic qualifications, to apply for Psi Chi membership in your sophomore year.


The Psychology Association of Lamar Students (PALS) is open to all who have an interest in psychology and joining an on-campus organization. Through the joint efforts of PALS members and their faculty advisors, members have opportunities

PALSto get involved on-campus and in the community. PALS host the department’s lecture series titled, “Odd Fridays with Psychology” in which speakers discuss psychology-related topics of interest to students. Recent topics have included: subliminal advertising, meditation, eating disorders, hypnosis, how stress affects your brain, biofeedback, narcissism and the criminal mind. Also active in community service, PALS participates in special projects to assist organizations.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology. Our local chapter is one of approximately 1,100 Psi Chi chapters located around the globe. We typically review membership applications during the Fall semester and induct new members in the Spring semester. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in psychology, and who meet the minimum qualifications. Information about qualifications can be obtained at the Psi Chi website or by contacting Psi Chi’s faculty advisor at Lamar University, Dr. Martha Rinker.

Psychology symbolAs an honor society, Psi Chi promotes and recognizes student scholarship and academic excellence. Members interested in conducting research are encouraged to explore the research grant funding opportunities available through the international Psi Chi office. Membership provides you with valuable opportunities to develop one-on-one relationships with professors, involve you in research projects and write meaningful letters of recommendation.

Service is an important component of the Psi Chi experience. Providing service to community members is a step in the right direction. Psi Chi often teams up with PALS to perform volunteer community outreach projects.