The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences offers research opportunities and field experiences for students who register for PSYC 484/485/491 under the direction of a professor:
- Field experiences (PSYC 484) include work completed in an approved mental health, school, industrial, or experimental setting. These field experiences are supervised by a professor with expertise in the field setting. This is an opportunity to engage with a specialized field of study and gain experiences in a professional setting while under the supervision of one of our faculty members. The course requirements vary with the setting, the supervising professor and the needs of the individual student. These experiences require the approval of the instructor.
- Directed Studies in Research (PSYC 485) include working with one of our faculty members in their research laboratory or under their direction on a specific research project. This is an opportunity to learn about current methods and science in psychology or neuroscience and to work closely with faculty, graduate students, and fellow undergraduates. The specific structure of the directed studies is set by the instructor and participation requires approval of the instructor.
- Research (PSYC 491) includes working with one of our faculty members in their research laboratory or on a specific research project. Participation involves discussion and presentation of research projects, typically through an APA-style paper that presents the results of a literature review or research findings. This is an opportunity to learn about current methods and science in psychology or neuroscience and to work closely with faculty, graduate students, and fellow undergraduates. It can also prepare you to undertake a thesis or honors project. You must have completed either PSYC 484 or PSYC 485 and have approval of the instructor to take part in research.
Participation in any of the experiences listed above requires that you and the instructor complete a contract that details the expectations for working on the project. These forms are below.
- PSYCHOLOGY 484 CONTRACT
- PSYCHOLOGY 485 CONTRACT
- PSYCHOLOGY 491 CONTRACT
- PSYCHOLOGY 484 HONORS CONTRACT
- PSYCHOLOGY 485 HONORS CONTRACT
- PSYCHOLOGY 491 HONORS CONTRACT
Opportunities for research will be posted outside of the advising office (Milner Hall Room 205) as they are received. Updated information will be posted on this page, as well. Remember, once contact is made with the faculty member to discuss the research, it is THE STUDENT’S responsibility to take the CORRECT 484/485/491 contract to the meeting (regular or honors). Once the contract is completed and signed by the faculty member, bring it to the Advising office during walk-in hours during the dates listed below. The following are the ONLY dates contracts can be added to your schedule.
Spring 2018: November 30-December 14 and January 2-22
DO NOT BRING IN DURING PRE-REGISTRATION DATES!
- All NRSC contracts must be taken to Sylvia Bernal in the Life Science Bldg Rm. 3148. We CANNOT add NRSC contracts in the Psychology advising office.
- If you want your research as HONORS credit, make sure that you are honors eligible and be sure to discuss this with the faculty member. You will need an HONORS contract instead of a regular one.