Current Students

How do I get more involved?

Psychology Club

The Psychology Club is open to all students who are interested in psychology.  Club members meet regularly on topics of interest (i.e., graduate school, GRE), perform philanthropic tasks, and participate in fund-raising. Students are encouraged to watch the Department of Psychology’s bulletin boards to find out about upcoming events. If you are interested in joining or taking a leadership role in the Club, you should attend meetings, contact the faculty sponsor, Dr. Melanie Leuty, or learn more on the USM Psychology Club Facebook page.


Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the national honor society for psychology students. Membership is by application only. In order to be eligible, you must have completed at least three semesters of courses (including nine credit hours of psychology) and must be in the top 35% of your class. Check with Dr. Elena Stepanova, Psi Chi faculty sponsor, for more information. You can also visit: PsiChi on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.



What about research opportunities?

Research experience can be a great way to learn more about psychology and to prepare for graduate school.

  • Approximately 20% of all EAGLE SPUR participants are psychology majors. Learn more here.

 How do I get help?

  • The CoEP Student Advisement and Support Center is open throughout the year and provides students with advising regarding course selection and offers assistance with student success including study skills, referrals for counseling and tutoring.

  • The Statistics Tutoring Center is also open throughout the year and offers support for students enrolled in PSY 360: Behavioral Statistics.

  • The university maintains a student success website which includes helpful tips and referral options to access help across campus. There is also a student success series starting this Fall that students may find helpful to attend.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes! Scholarship applications are available by visiting: Psychology students should pay particular attention to the Larry & Elizabeth Payne Education and Psychology Scholarship Fund and the Zed Houston Burns Scholarship Fund. 

Are there awards available?

Yes! The Department of Psychology offers three awards, offered annually for students displaying outstanding academic achievement.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research AwardAny undergraduate student involved in research is eligible. To apply, students must fill out the application and provide a 50 word summary of their project.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
One award is given at each academic level: sophomore, junior, and senior. Students are evaluated on criteria such as GPA and achievements in psychology (e.g., research involvement, clubs, leadership roles, community work, etc.).

Outstanding Graduate Research Award
All graduate students are eligible. Theses and dissertations are welcome, but submissions are limited to one per student. To apply, students must complete the application and provide a 500 word summary of their project.

Application materials are available at

Students are responsible for completing application materials, obtaining faculty signatures, and submitting materials by February 11, 2015.

Applying to Graduate School?

Check out these helpful guides:

  • Getting In: A Step-by-Step Plan for Gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology
  • Graduate School in Psychology
  • Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology 

Additional books to consider:

  • Psychology Licensure and Certification: What Students Need to Know
    T. J. Vaughn
  • The Complete Guide to Graduate School Admission: Psychology and Related Fields
    P. Keith-Spiegel
  • Preparing for Graduate Study in Psychology
    William Buskist, Caroline Burke

Online Resources

  • Dr. Greg Neimeyer produced a helpful 75-minute webinar covering various topics on careers in psychology including areas of psychology, and the difference between levels of training (Masters and Ph.D.). Parts of this webinar can be accessed for free online.