Nearly all of the faculty members at the Department of Psychology have active research programs, and our undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to participate in ongoing research. The work provides valuable STEM experience and skills, is often expected from students applying to doctoral programs, and could potentially lead to letters of recommendation, which could be crucial to a successful graduate-school application.
There are typically two ways in which to initiate contact with a potential faculty research-sponsor.
- The first option evolves from the student's having taken a class with a particular insturctor. In this case, the student, having some prior association with the subject or instructor, requests to meet with the professor in order to discuss potential research opportunities.
- The second path for investigating research options would be to review the faculty-profiles on our webpage, as they list specific research interests. After identifying a potential lab, the student should contact the relevant professor(s) to express an interest in the ongoing work of the lab and to inquire about possible research opportunities.
PSYCH-UA.999 Research Experience & Methods
Research Experiences & Methods (REM) is a stand-alone Advanced Elective, which provides students with the opportunity to further their research skills (e.g. designing, reporting, presenting) by pairing a weekly seminar with work in a faculty-based research lab. The seminar provides in-depth discussion and analysis of the process and communication of research, while the lab-work offers the opportunity to gain advanced research experience in a vibrant research setting.
Honors Program in Psychology
The Honors Program gives Psychology majors the opportunity to engage in closely supervised--yet independent--research and scholarship; prepares them for graduate-level work in psychology or related professional fields such as business, law, or medicine; and provides them with experiences and skills that may help them attain their career objectives. Students apply for admission to the Honors Program in their sophomore or junior year, with occasional exceptions for late-transfer students.
Learn more about the Honors Program in Psychology.