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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.

Outside Resources


    Psych Day will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015 in the Psychology Building Quad. Festivities include a graduate and volunteer fair, workshops, games and special speakers, beginning at 10:00 am. A buffet lunch will be offered for a small donation from 11:00 until 2:00. The keynote speaker, Dr. Collie Conoley, will present his research on Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy at 4:00 pm in the Beach Auditorium.

    Flyer announcing the keynote speaker:

    Psychology Undergraduate Advising done by ATLAS

    Please see ATLAS to declare Psychology as a major or minor, get Psychology advising, GE advising, class planning, Timely Graduation help and Grad Checks! ATLAS is located in Ph1 room 104.

    Looking to get Psychology Course Credits for courses from other schools or study abroad Click here for more information

    Psychology Resource Office (PRO) is now open. Click here for hours and more information.

    Upcoming Events

    The Psychology Colloquium series occurs every other Wednesday. Click here for information on time, date and speakers.


    The Psychology Student Study Center hours for Spring 2015 have been posted

    Click here to view our Spring 2015 courses!