Research Practicum (PSYC 318, 319) provides the student with an opportunity to conduct empirical research under the direction of a faculty member. Typically, the student becomes involved in an on-going research project. Student work is more directed (i.e., less independent) than Independent Study, which also involves student research.
Students may participate in Research Practicum twice; one unit may count toward the major, while the second unit counts as a general elective. Research Practicum is taken for a grade.
Research Practicum is strongly recommended for students who plan to attend graduate school in any of the research areas of psychology. Admission criteria for M.A. and Ph.D. programs often include research experience, and one's likelihood of acceptance into a competitive program is enhanced by having a record of research participation.
To participate in Research Practicum, the student must have an overall GPA and a Psychology GPA of at least 2.50, unless special permission is granted by the Psychology faculty.
To enroll in 318 or 319, the student should talk to a faculty member whose research interests are compatible with his or her own. After finding a research mentor, students must complete both the Application for Research in the Department and the Research Practicum Application. Once completed, send the Research Practicum Application to your mentor. If approved by the Department, the Department Chair will contact the registrar's office and register you for the course.
Students' writing will focus on eastern and western religions, chaos theory, happiness, self-esteem, meditation, neuroscience and the placebo effect.