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Getting Involved in Research

Posted on August 25, 2013 by Amy Jennings

Getting Involved in Psychology Research

Most careers in the field of psychology require further study. Graduate school programs in psychology are more competitive than ever. Most graduate school programs in psychology prefer their prospective students to have research experience. Research involvement enables students to work closely with faculty and graduate students, acquire publications, present findings, and learn the fundamental skills of obtaining psychological data. 

Handout on Getting Involved in Research in the Psychology Department

How do I find Research Opportunities?

What would I do?

Most often:

  • Data collection
  • Data encoding
  • Data analysis
  • Literature reviews
  • Animal care
  • Computer data entry
  • Interviewing
  • Running subjects
  • Running statistical programs

How can Research Experience help me?

  • Provides an opportunity to better understand the field of Psychology & how knowledge is acquired.
  • Helps you to see what an academic-research career is like.
  • Allows a chance to see if research is enjoyable, which is important in deciding if a research based graduate program is the right choice for you.
  • Provides an opportunity to meet other dedicated students, which is the beginning of  a networking system in academia.
  • Helps you to know at least one faculty member in greater depth, resulting in personal advising & support in applying to grad school.
  • Joint authorship on publications and conference presentations, adding to your background experience as an undergraduate student (VITA!).
  • May lead to independent study units (PSY 499) or possibly a small stipend!

What do I need? Academic qualifications


Completion of Psy 210
Completion of Psy 220


Completion of Psy 310
Several upper division Psychology courses
At least one upper division course in faculty research area
Computer skills


All of the above
Plus Psy 411 and/or 412.

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