Undergraduate students in the Psychology Department get involved in research activities beyond regular course work. Graduate programs, especially Ph.D. programs, highly value research experience. In fact, you are unlikely to be admitted without research experience, regardless of your GPA. Students might work as an academic assistant for an existing faculty research program or develop an independent project in collaboration with a faculty mentor.

Many students have presented their work at professional conferences and/or as a senior honors project.

In order to pursue additional research opportunities, you must have successfully completed PSYC 14 (Research Methods in Psychology).

Once you have done that, here are some options:

  1. PSYC 114 (4 credits, offered in the spring semester) is an advanced research course where you will have the opportunity to propose your own empirical study (with the approval of the course instructor), review the relevant literature, design methodology/measures, collect and analyze data, and write up your findings in an APA style manuscript.  If you are planning to pursue Specialized Honors in Psychology during your senior year, you should register for PSYC 114 in the spring semester of your junior year.
  2. PSYC 124 (1 credit, offered each semester) is an opportunity to engage in directed research under the supervision of a faculty member on his/her own program of research. You must have a faculty signature to enroll in this course.
  3. PSYC 134 (1-4 credits, offered each semester) is an opportunity to engage in independent research under the supervision of a faculty member.  You must have a faculty signature to enroll in this course.
  4. Other research opportunities: Many students work as research assistants in research labs at other universities, either during the semester or between semesters.  Others have applied for National Science Foundation (NSF) undergraduate research experiences.  Talk to faculty members and check online for information about research opportunities off-campus.