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Student Organizations

Black Undergraduate Psychological Association (BUPA)

The Black Undergraduate Psychological Association aims to provide academic, professional, and social support to Black undergraduate students who are interested in psychology and/or pursuing a degree in psychology. BUPA will also facilitate opportunities for Black undergraduate students to engage in research, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities in the field of psychology. BUPA will promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and well-being in the field of psychology and in the broader community and foster a sense of community and belonging among Black undergraduate students who are interested in psychology.


Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology

Pictured: 2012-13 Psi Chi inductees

On a national level, the purposes of Psi Chi are to provide national recognition of academic excellence, especially for those in psychology; to promote a sense of community with others interested in psychology; to learn about the necessary steps in order to achieve career goals; and to reach out to others through acts of service. The UM Chapter of Psi Chi focuses its efforts on serving the campus and community through volunteer events and tutoring.


Michigan Association of Psychological Scholars (MAPS)

MAPS is a mentoring program for undergraduate and graduate students and is open to all students majoring in Psychology or BCN. Students may be matched up by their research area interests, ethnic background, or career interests. If you are interested, contact MAPS Steering Committee at


Undergraduate Psychological Society (UPS)

UPS is a student-run organization that aims to provide support for undergraduates majoring in
psychology. This support shall include academic related events designed to help further their members’ goals. Although UPS is primarily an academic organization, they also plan community service and social events, in order to stress the need for a well rounded college experience and to facilitate high quality connections with fellow psych majors, graduate students and faculty. Ultimately, UPS aspires to act as an arena for discussion and a valuable resource for its members. 


National/Local Organizations

American Psychological Association (APA): is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

Michigan Psychological Association (MPA): information specific to the state of Michigan and psychology field.

APA 54 Divisions: interest group organized by members to include subdisciplines of psychology (e.g., experimental, social, or clinical) while others focus on topical areas such as aging, ethnic-minorities, or trauma.

Association for Psychological Science: is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level (previously the American Psychological Society).