Students are encouraged to become involved in research. Conducting research is a valuable learning experience. For those students who intend to apply to graduate school, involvement in research as an undergraduate (including presentation of research at a conference) is a positive addition to the graduate school application and will also often lead to a good letter of recommendation from the faculty mentor. There are several ways to become involved.
Research Methods Lab course (PSYC 3340)
The Research Methods Lab course provides psychology majors with hands-on experience conducting research with human participants. Students who have taken this course are encouraged to present their research at a scientific conference. The Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students (ASPS) is particularly appropriate. ASPS is held every April at a university in Arkansas.
Independent Readings course (PSYC 4180, 4280, or 4380)
Students can seek a faculty mentor to work with them on an independent project that reviews a particular body of research literature. Students often read and discuss a body of literature and write a literature review paper. Often, the Independent Readings course is used to develop a research proposal with the intent of actually conducting the research the following semester. To register for the course, students should complete this form and submit it to the department secretary.
Independent Research course (PSYC 4182, 4282, or 4382)
Students can seek a faculty mentor to work with them on an independent research project. In other cases, faculty members will seek to recruit students to become a significant part of a research team for the purposes of conducting the faculty member's research. To register for the course, students should complete this form and submit it to the department secretary.
Undergraduate Scholars Program
Students who meet particular academic requirements can become involved in the Undergraduate Scholars Program. See that link for more information.
Volunteer Research Assistant
Students can also seek opportunities to be a volunteer research assistant for a faculty member who is conducting research. Simply ask several faculty members in the department if they know of anyone conducting research who might need some student help.
Funding Opportunities to Support Student Research
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