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Research Opportunities

The department of psychology offers many opportunities for undergraduates to help with research projects, either by participating as subjects, or as research assistants. The following pages will provide you with project descriptions and contact information for researchers in the psychology department.

Research involvement

Participate as a subject

There are several ways to find out about participation opportunities. Often, researchers will come to various undergraduate classes to announce that they are seeking potential participants.

You can also seek out opportunities on your own by looking for psychological research flyers. The bulletin board in Wood Hall 2124 typically has several different studies posted on it. Come in during advising hours to see what research opportunities are available.

Assist with a research project

Many investigators are looking for undergraduates to serve as research assistants each semester. In some cases, students may earn PSY 3990 (Research Apprenticeship) credit for their assistance.

If you are interested in getting a research assistant position, check bulletin boards around Wood Hall for advertisements or contact faculty members to see if they are currently looking for assistance.

PDF Research opportunities from fall 2014 research colloquium
PDF Research opportunities from spring 2015 research colloquium

Credit for research opportunities

Signing up for PSY 3990 gives you the opportunity to work with a research team and receive feedback and supervision while developing critical research skills. To make the process as easy as possible, you should follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Contact a faculty member who is conducting research in an area that interests you. To find out what kind of projects are currently in progress, you can stop by a faculty member's office during their office hours, go to the psychology department home page and follow the links for the faculty or access our web page of research opportunities.
  2. This can be somewhat intimidating if you are not used to approaching the faculty about these kinds of opportunities. However, be assured that our faculty are uniquely interested in helping undergraduates develop these skills and welcome your interests!
  3. Once you have met with a faculty member and discussed your role in the project, print off PDF The Permission to Elect Form for PSY 3990
  4. Obtain the needed signatures and follow the directions provided to you by the Undergraduate Advisors.
  5. Drop the form off to the Undergraduate Advisor in 3705 Wood Hall.
  6. Check your schedule to make sure you have been registered for PSY 3990 for the credits you specified.

It is a good idea to start this process early. Getting the paperwork done will alleviate any problems with tuition bills, financial aid and last minute panic! If you have any questions, feel free to email the Undergraduate Advisors.