Directed Research

As you begin to think about experiential learning opportunities for Spring Term 2021, please keep in mind that there is still much uncertainty about the Spring Term University Posture.  The Department of Psychology will update the experiential learning opportunities pages as we get close to Spring Term enrollment.

 

Directed Research is an opportunity for students to get involved with research under the supervision of a faculty member. This experience is particularly valuable for students interested in pursuing honors and/or graduate study in psychology. To inquire about these opportunities, follow these steps to securing a PSY 1907 Directed Research position:

  1. Review the current Directed Research Opportunities and/or the psychology faculty research information on our website. 
  2. Look for research that would help you explore or expand on your own areas of interest. Also, meet with your advisor to discuss possible lab opportunities that most closely align with your goals.
  3. Thoroughly read the research description and requirements when narrowing down possible interests. Many faculty members also have links to their websites offering information about what they are currently researching.
  4. Once you have chosen a research project, contact the person listed, providing some basic information about yourself including a few key points about why their project is of interest to you or why you are inquiring about an opportunity in their lab. Do not forget to include for which semester you are contacting them. We have provided tips for composing formal e-mails.
  5. Labs can work differently in their review process. Some faculty members invite students for interviews, while others may contact you to talk briefly about your interests and potential fit for an opportunity. This is your chance to make a good impression and ask any questions you have.

It is important to note there are a number of funding opportunities for students who want to pursue research projects, whether as part of an honors project, BPhil, or for an independent project.