Student groups in psychology
Students are encouraged to become involved in the life of psychology at Wayne State by attending a Psychology Major Information Meeting and getting involved in one or more of these student organizations! Additionally, you may find more information on other student organizations through the Dean of Students Office.
African American Psychology Student Organization (AAPSO)
The AAPSO provides a platform for students to learn, discuss and tackle the pressing psychological issues that impact ethnic minority communities, in particular the African American community, in a collegiate environment. AAPSO strives to promote academic excellence among WSU undergraduate and graduate students.
Members of AAPSO are affiliated with the Association of Black Psychologists, National Latinx Psychological Association, Asian American Psychological Association and/or the Society of Indian Psychologists.
Mentoring Undergraduate Students towards Excellence (MUSE) Program
The MUSE program matches graduate students in the psychology department with undergraduate students who may be:
- Typically underrepresented (members of minority groups)
- First-generation college students
- Unsure about how to navigate graduate school applications
The graduate mentors help the undergraduates by assisting them in finding research labs and encouraging them to participate in undergraduate research opportunities (both in the department and in the wider university community). If needed, graduate mentors might also help the undergraduates in the MUSE program who have significant personal needs (homelessness, lack of food, etc.) by connecting them to CAPS, the W Food Pantry and other university-provided services. The graduate mentor helps the undergraduate navigate through the graduate school application process with important advice about the GRE and the application and interviewing process.
Graduate mentors and students meet weekly either in person, via email, or phone. Mentors are assigned to students each fall. If you are interested in becoming a graduate mentor, or if you are an undergraduate who feels you would benefit from being a member of the MUSE program, please contact WayneStateMUSE@gmail.com.
Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology at Wayne State University
Psi Chi is an international honor society for psychology majors and minors recognized by graduate schools, medical schools and the U.S. government. The mission of Wayne State's student chapter of Psi Chi is to produce well-educated, ethical and socially responsible members who contribute to the science and profession of psychology and to society.
Psychology Academic Support Services (PASS)
PASS mentors are advanced psychology majors (junior or senior standing), who have been successful in their coursework and are experienced in navigating the psychology curriculum and also Wayne State University. The PASS team is a diverse group of students with varied interests and goals. PASS does not provide academic advising. However, PASS mentors meet with students to discuss things such as goals, strategies for success, study skills and for basic support and encouragement. They also offer workshops and other types of educational programming. PASS also provides free course-specific tutoring for psychology classes.
Peer mentors are students – which means they have a first-hand perspective on being a psychology major. They can help you explore your academic and career goals – both short-term (for example, a grade of B in Stats) and long-term (for example, getting into graduate school) and finally help you with a plan to achieve those goals. The peer mentors have a wide range of knowledge regarding psychology as a major, psychology graduate school, research experience, volunteer work and also resources available at WSU.
Psychology Club provides opportunities for the Wayne State University community to learn about and participate in the field of psychology. We bring interested undergraduate students from all majors together for psychology-related programs, events and discussions and create an inclusive psychology student community on the Wayne State University campus.
South Asian Psychology Student Organization (SAPSO)
SAPSO seeks to promote mental health awareness through education, advocacy and conversation among its members and the community. SAPSO is committed to fighting mental health stigma as it relates to the South Asian community. SAPSO provides students with informational seminars as well as community outreach and networking opportunities in order to work towards creating a stigma-free campus and community.