Paranormal Research Society
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Membership Type: Public
Established: 09/16/2001
Founders: Ryan Buell
Status: Active
Location: Penn State
Chairman: Ryan Buell
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The Paranormal Research Society is a professional organization dedicated to exploring the unknown.


The organization was founded as a student club at Penn State by Ryan Buell, Only 19 years old at the time. the society's makeup comprised of undergraduate students. Six years later, however, members come from undergraduate and graduate programs. Penn State faculty and staff have also joined. PRS' main mission, according to its credo, is to "scientifically and spiritually explore" the supernatural. In order to justify this mission, PRS formed two research branches called "departments:" Field Investigation & Research (FIR) and Parapsychology & Laboratory Research (PLR). The Field Investigation & Research department has been the most active over PRS' history. It gained a lot of noteriety with its involvment in public law enforcement cases and it now has a television show based off of its cases, "Paranormal State." To learn more about FIR, please visit the FIR bio page. In December 2007, PRS announced the re-launching of Parapsychology & Laboratory Research department. Over the six year history of PRS, no one was able to hold the department together for longer than a few months. Now, however, PRS has made it its main mission for 2008. In 2008, PRS transformed itself as a professional organization. Now no longer a student club, PRS continues to expand its boundaries with its research lab, a library and a growing staff. Every year, PRS holds UNIV-CON, the national paranormal conference. It is considered by many to be one of the largest paranormal conferences in the country. PRS announced that the conference would become more academic-minded starting in 2008.