The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences offers research opportunities for students who register for PSYC 485/491 under the direction of a professor. These intensive research experiences put students into teams with faculty and graduate students to work on original research projects. This
valuable, hands-on training in research skills prepares students for both graduate work in specific domains as well as in scientific thinking for future employment. PSYC 485 is a general research experience course whereas PSYC 491 requires students to write about their research project. In addition to the scientific training that students receive, PSYC 485 and 491 provide students with the opportunity to establish professional relationships with other undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members. These collaborators and mentors frequently work with students on their post-baccalaureate plans and applications.
Directed Studies in Research (PSYC 485)
Includes 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 a 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 – Prerequisite: approval of instructor
- PSYCHOLOGY 484 HONORS CONTRACT – Prerequisite: approval of instructor
- PSYCHOLOGY 485 CONTRACT – Prerequisite: approval of instructor
- PSYCHOLOGY 485 HONORS CONTRACT– Prerequisite: approval of instructor
- PSYCHOLOGY 491 CONTRACT – PSYC 484 or PSYC 485; approval of instructor
- PSYCHOLOGY 491 HONORS CONTRACT – PSYC 484 or PSYC 485; approval of instructor
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. After you’ve spoken to a faculty member about participating in their research lab, bring one of the above contracts to the professor and then 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. (DO NOT BRING THEM TO US DURING PRE-REGISTRATION)
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.
SPRING 2021 Research opportunities
- PSYC 485 and PSYC 491 Research Opportunities (SPRING)
You may turn in your contracts during the following times:
- November 23 – January 25
Talk to an Undergraduate Research Ambassador and learn how to get started and get the most from your Honors and/or Research experiences from a student’s point of view!
Present at Student Research Week