The University of Central Arkansas chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, has been designated as a Psi Chi Model Chapter for 2017-18.

The UCA Psi Chi Chapter was one of 41 chapters selected from a worldwide pool of more than 1,200 chapters to achieve the Model Chapter status this year and one of two chapters to achieve the status in the Southwestern region.

The UCA Psi Chi chapter has been designated a Model Chapter for 11 consecutive years.

The UCA Psi Chi chapter was founded in 1970 and has inducted 773 members. Minimum qualifications for membership include completion of at least three psychology courses and a cumulative and psychology GPA of at least 3.30 and a GPA in the top 35 percent of the candidate’s class.

For more information about membership or the UCA Psi Chi chapter, contact Shawn Charlton, associate professor of psychology and chapter advisor, at 501-450-5415 or

Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, was founded on September 4, 1929, during the Ninth International Congress of Psychology held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The Society’s purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of psychology. Psi Chi is one of the largest honor societies in the world. Since 1929, Psi Chi has installed more than 1,090 chapters and inducted more than 500,000 members at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. These chapters not only recognize academic achievement by granting membership in the Society, but also sponsor programs that augment the regular curriculum, offer service to the campus and the community at large, develop leadership skills, and provide fellowship through affiliation with the chapter. For more information about Psi Chi and its grants, awards, and service programs, go to the Psi Chi website at Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.