RMU Psi Chi and Psychology Club set to host Psych in a Box

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Eric Levine

Brooke Smith, Copy Editor

The RMU Psychology Club and Psi Chi honor society will be hosting their first annual “Psychology in a Box” Friday, March 8, at 9am in the Sewall Center conference rooms.

This student-run event is being offered to high school juniors and seniors and will be based around teaching and engaging students in the main areas of psychology.

“Members of both Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology, and the RMU Psychology Club have worked together to create 20 hands-on psychology activities that span six different fields of psychology,” said professor of Psychology, Dr. Stephen Paul.  “We look forward to engaging the 72 high school students who will be visiting RMU on Friday morning.”

Paul hopes that this experience will benefit the high school students in a variety of ways.

“The opportunity to visit a university campus will surely benefit high school students interested in pursuing their academic potential,” said Paul.  “They will be encouraged to interact with the RMU students to find out what it is like to be a college student, and in particular, what it is like to be a student at Robert Morris University.”

“Psychology is perhaps the most relevant thing any person can study because it deals with the inner workings of the brain,” said Psi Chi President, Eric Levine.  “First purpose is to educate and engage them in activities which will help promote the fundamentals of psychology. The second purpose it serves is to showcase the astounding psychology program Robert Morris University has.”

Levine also thinks it’s important for the school to be noticed for more than just their business program.

We are often looked at as strictly a business school, and that is because we do have a very strong business program,” explained Levine.  “But I also want people to know that we have an equally strong psychology program.”

According to Paul, “The RMU Chapter of Psi Chi has been actively looking for ways to increase the visibility of the fields of psychology on campus as well as off campus.”

Levine wanted to create the event because he would have loved to participate in an event like this when he was in high school.

“I simply want to give kids the opportunity to be exposed to psychology, so when that time comes to make their decisions about what to study in college, they have had some experience in learning the field,” said Levine. “I was fortunate in the sense that I accidentally stumbled upon psychology at RMU. I don’t want people missing out on what now has come to be the best decision I ever made.”