Student Organizations

The Psychology Club is an organization of psychology majors and other Rider students interested in psychology. Dr.Thomas-Cottingham and Dr. Dolyniuk serve as advisors. Its purpose is to foster social and academic activities among the faculty and students of the Psychology Department, and to stimulate interest in psychology among the university community. Traditional activities of the club:

  • A Psychology Banquet is held in the fall and/or spring at a local restaurant. The event includes Psi Chi initiation, guest speakers, and/or entertainment sponsored by the club.
  • Presentations are made on graduate school and careers in psychology. Faculty and Rider psychology graduates are invited to speak.
  • Speakers are invited from the campus or outside community to talk about contemporary issues pertaining to psychology. Past speakers discussed such topics as substance abuse, eating disorders, career opportunities in social work, serving people with disabilities, basic counseling skills, mentoring adolescents in violence reduction and conflict resolution, hypnosis, and dissociative disorders.
  • The club has sponsored film festivals of movies related to psychology.
  • Field trips are scheduled to various organizations in the community.
  • The club conducts fund raising activities, such as T-shirt and coffee mug sales

Psi Chi is the national honorary society in psychology. Dr.Carlin and Dr. Haught serve as the faculty advisors for the Rider chapter. The purpose of the organization is to advance the science of psychology and to encourage and stimulate scholarship of its members throughout their careers. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and are eligible for research awards and conference benefits. Psi Chi also publishes a journal for undergraduate research projects. You can learn more about the organization at www.psichi.org.

In order to fulfill the society's obligation to provide academic prestige to its members, and to provide a climate congenial to the development of its member's creative abilities, minimum qualification standards have been established. To be considered for induction you must (a) have a GPA in the upper 35% of your class, (b) have completed 64 total credit hours, and (c) completed 15 psychology credit hours, including PSY100, PSY105, PSY201, and at least one upper-level psychology course. Approximately 50 new members are inducted each spring from among those meeting the minimum requirements. All student records are reviewed each spring to identify those who are eligible. If you are selected for induction you will be notified via e-mail in early March.