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Student Opportunities

At Messiah College, you'll find plenty of ways to participate in leadership roles, network as a young professional, hone your academic skills, and link what you're learning in the classroom with hands-on experience and enrichment opportunities.

Psychology student opportunities homepage imageMinds Matter

Minds Matter is Messiah College's chapter of Active Minds, a national organization dedicated to informing and educating peers about mental health. New to Messiah, this club holds various events and conversations about mental health in order to create a comfortable environment surrounding mental health.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship and to advance the science of psychology. Psi Chi’s two main goals are to provide academic recognition and a climate congenial to creative development for the society’s members. Students in Messiah College’s Psychology Department can participate in Psi Chi through Messiah’s chapter, which is operated by student officers and a faculty advisor. Becoming a Psi Chi officer is another opportunity for Psychology students to maintain valuable leadership experience, as officers select and induct members and carry out the Society’s goals.

Student-Faculty Research

Our students have the unique opportunity of working with faculty members to conduct hands-on research experiments.  Each of our faculty members is involved in student-faculty research, making it possible for students to participate in research in an area of psychology that they find interesting.  Students also have the opportunity to present their research at regional and national conferences.  Student-faculty research projcets (past/present) have included the following:

Digital Distractions in the Classroom and Performance

Body Image and Spirituality

Pharmaceutical Interventions for PTSD

Attachment to God and the Stress Response

The Adolescence Experience of Amish Youth

Factors Related to Interpersonal Forgiveness

Personality and Religious Faith Expression

Spiritual Significance of Dreams

Relationship Satisfaction on College Campuses

Performance Management in Sports

Honors and Awards

So many of the students in the Psychology Department at Messiah are gifted and diligent individuals who meet high standards in the classroom and apply what they have been taught to real-life situations. To celebrate their accomplishments and their use of their knowledge to serve others, the department offers students opportunities to display their achievements and awards to show both our appreciation of their hard work and our congratulations on their success.