The six inductees are Kevin Biondolillo of Perry, N.Y.; Victoria Bonners of Bethlehem, Pa.; Renae Gochnauer of Conestoga, Pa.; Marissa Hollinger of Lancaster, Pa.; Erik Panna of Tonawanda, N.Y.; and Annetta Snell of Stockton, N.Y.
Psi Chi was founded on September 4, 1929, during the Ninth International Congress of Psychology held at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. The Honor Society’s stated purpose is to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship and to advance the science of psychology. Many of the Society’s members have gone on to distinguished careers in psychology, including several presidents of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS), numerous national and international award winners, and various other renowned research psychologists, authors, professors and practitioners.
Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of both the APA and APS. Psi Chi has grown over the past 75 years into one of the largest and most successful honor societies in the world with over 1,000 chapters located at college and university campuses throughout the U.S. These chapters not only recognize academic achievement by granting membership in the Society but also sponsor programs and activities that augment and enhance the regular curriculum, offer an outlet for service to the campus and the community at large, and provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter. The national organization bestows several regional and national research awards, sponsors diverse programs at regional and national psychological association conventions (including lectures, workshops, panel discussions and information exchanges), and publishes a national journal of student research. In addition, Psi Chi’s recent national service project illustrates the Society’s renewed commitment to its mission of “student excellence, reflected in scholarly and professional growth within psychology and the ability to impact society positively.”