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Awards, Honors, & Activities

Semester Honors Recognition or Dean's List

Students are recognized for exemplary performance during the previous semester (Semester Honors) or during their entire course of study (Dean’s List).

Semester Honors Requirements

  • graduation index of at least 2.0
  • enrolled in at least 6 hours that semester
  • semester index of at least 3.5

Dean’s List Requirements

  • graduation index of at least 3.5
  • enrolled in at least 6 hours that semester
  • completed at least 12 credit hours total

What awards are available to psychology majors?

Several scholarships and awards are available to psychology students. Some are awarded only to Purdue students, and others are awarded on a national basis. Nominations for many of the awards for psychology majors are made by the Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Committee and other individual psychology faculty. If nominated for an award, you might be asked to provide letters of recommendation, a resume, or a transcript in support of your nomination. Be sure to respond. Your nomination is unlikely to be considered further without the requested materials.

You can apply for some awards on your own. There are a variety of awards and honors that undergraduates majoring in psychology may be eligible for; however only the ones awarded specifically to psychology majors are listed below. For more information about any of the awards below, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The Office of the Dean of Students can also provide information about many other awards and scholarships available to Purdue undergraduates.

Awards for Psychology Majors

College of Health and Human Sciences Outstanding Senior: Psychology

Due date: TBA (Mid-January)

Description: Each year the College of Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board presents an award to an outstanding senior from each of the departments in the School. The selection is based on the following criteria:

  • The nominee is a student who has achieved academic success.
  • The student has demonstrated a commitment to his/her major.
  • The student has balanced the academic load with extracurricular activities and/or a job.
  • The student has demonstrated leadership ability.
  • The student will graduate during the current calendar year.

The John M. Hadley Award

Description: The Hadley Award is given to a senior Psychology major at Purdue who has demonstrated excellence in research activities judged by a departmental committee to have presented the best research poster at the department’s Undergraduate Research Conference held each spring. Winners are recognized by having their names inscribed on a plaque that hangs in the department, a certificate, and a cash award of $300.

The Fred and Dorine Santogrossi Award: Study Abroad Scholarship for Psychology

Due date: March 1 of each year

Description: A scholarship award is presented each year to a psychology major who participates in the Study Abroad Program to help defray the costs of travel and expenses. This individual will be selected by the Undergraduate Committee using criteria based on academic excellence and financial need, as well as suitability of experience for meeting the student's educational objectives (in a 250-word statement of interest). Students are not required to take psychology courses while abroad. The purpose of the award is to encourage psychology students to participate in Study Abroad.

To apply for any of these awards, please submit a vita and cover letter that includes information relevant to these criteria along with a letter of recommendation from a member of the Department's faculty (sent directly by the faculty member to the DUS).

PSI CHI - The Psychology National Honor Society

Psychology majors with the required grade point averages (3.3 overall GPA/3.5 Psy GPA) and at least sophomore standing are invited to join Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology. Psi Chi is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership in Psi Chi is an asset when seeking employment or admission to graduate school. It also satisfies one requirement for entrance into Federal service at the GS-7 level.

In addition, there are a variety of awards available through Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology:

Psi Chi/J.P. Guilford Undergraduate Research Award

Due date: TBA

Description: This is a national competition open to Psi Chi members only. Winners are determined based on the quality of the research paper they submit. Winners receive cash awards of $500 (1st), $300 (2nd), or $200 (3rd) and a certificate. Psi Chi/APA Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology)

Undergraduate Research Award

Due date: TBA

Description: Although sponsored in conjunction with Psi Chi, all undergraduate students involved in conducting research in engineering or other applied experimental psychology areas are eligible to enter this national competition. The winner receives a cash award of $200 and a certificate.

For more information about these awards contact the Psi Chi advisor.

Psychology Club

The Purdue Psychology Club cultivates an interest in psychology among students in all majors, enables students to participate in programs that might aid in educational and career endeavors and provides exposure to professionals in the field. We offer peer tutoring, chances to become involved in research, networking, community volunteer work, sponsor presentations for careers in the field, the opportunity to receive support from other students with similar interests, and then some. We often invite speakers from various areas of psychology to discuss the current research in the field, as well as hold GRE practice sessions. Also, we typically work in conjunction with local community outreach programs such as Mental Health America throughout the course of the semester. Psych Club usually meets every other week; check out their bulletin board on the 3rd floor of PRCE to find out when their next meeting is. There is an annual fee of $10.

Additional Sources of Information

American Psychological Association: www.apa.org
American Psychological Society: www.psychologicalscience.org
Eastern Psychological Association: www.easternpsychological.org
Midwestern Psychological Association: www.midwesternpsych.org
Psi Chi – The Psychology Honorary Society: www.psichi.org
Western Psychological Association: www.westernpsych.org

Boiler Volunteer Network

The Boiler Volunteer Network’s purpose is to provide a volunteer clearinghouse on campus to connect Purdue University students, faculty, staff, and retirees with community service and campus volunteer opportunities and to create and implement a variety of service experiences. The types of volunteer opportunities include:

  • Animals
  • Clerical tasks
  • Crisis/ Counseling
  • Cultural
  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • Kids
  • Legal matters
  • Mentally / Physically challenged Seniors
  • Shelters
  • Teaching
  • Transportation

For more information, check out their website at www.purdue.edu/odos/sao/bvn/.