Psychology Awards and Organizations


Gordon Allport Award
The Department of Psychology invites self-nominations from junior psychology students at St. Olaf College for the annual Gordon Allport Psychology Award. It was established in 1983 by Professor Olaf Millert, one of Dr. Allport’s students, to honor Dr. Allport’s memory and continuing impact on the psychological profession and on the lives of persons of good will, regardless of race or national background. For more information on how to apply go to:

Graduation with Distinction in Psychology
Distinction is an honor that a small number of majors each year receive for having performed exceptionally well in the major, as evidenced by submission of an outstanding portfolio highlighting his or her own development and performance as a student of psychology. The standards are high for distinction, so if you choose to submit a Distinction Portfolio for consideration, you will need to put time and energy into crafting and revising it. Many students who do not receive distinction go on to fine graduate schools and careers. For more information on how to apply for Distinction go to:


Paterson Award (an award of the Minnesota Psychological Association)


APA Summer Science Fellowship (a national award by the APA)
The American Psychological Association selects a small number of students to do research with nationally known psychologists over the summer, and the APA covers expenses and gives you a stipend.  Only rising senior students are eligible (i.e., during the summer between your junior and senior years). For more information see



Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology
Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS). To visit the Psi Chi page click here.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Association for Psychological Science (APS)

2014-2015 Psi Chi Officers


President: Jenna Harder

Co-Presidents Elect: Maria Swanson and Hamsitha Dontamsetty

Vice President: Max Anderson

Secretary: Taylor Dovala

Research Coordinator: Katie Berg

Faculty Liaison: Minda Orina


Psych Club

The St. Olaf Psychology Club is comprised of members who areinterested in learning more about the field of Psychology, as well as what one can do with a psychology major.  The officers of Psych Club host speakers (many of whom are alumni), who were psychology majors at Olaf and have continued on to various fields of study and careers.  Psychology Club also sponsors or co-sponsors other educational events that pertain to the field.  While many members of Psych Club are psychology majors, we also welcome non-majors who have interests in learning more about the field and the variety of careers that are available through Psychology.

2014-2015 Officers:

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Co-President: Taylor Dovala
Co-President: Mallory Undesta
Vice President: Eli Johnson
Outreach Coordinator: Angel Boeve
Public Relations Officer: Sara Brostmeyer
Faculty Advisor: Carlo Veltri