Upon completion of 72 hours (with twelve hours in the major), a student may be invited by the faculty of a department to enter its Undergraduate Scholars Program. To be eligible for the invitation, a student must have at least a 3.00 grade point average overall and in the major. A student must submit written evidence of the research paper no later than the last day of instruction for the semester in which the student will graduate. Before the end of the third full week of the semester in which the student intends to graduate, the student must submit a notification to complete an undergraduate scholar project form to the Director of Exemplary Studies.
The typical sequence of events for students in Psychology & Counseling is as follows:
- student develops one (or a few) ideas for a research project
- student finds a faculty member who will serve as a mentor on the project
- student notifies Dr. Brinegar or Dr. Nail of intent to become an undergraduate scholar
- student enrolls in PSYC 4380 Independent Readings and develops a research proposal
- student presents research proposal to a committee of psychology faculty and meets with them
- student enrolls in PSYC 4382 Independent Research and conducts the study
- student presents final research paper to a committee of psychology faculty and meets with them
Contact Dr. Jennifer Brinegar or Dr. Paul Nail for more information.