Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Psychology department encourages all students to consider conducting research under the direction of a faculty member.

Why should you get involved in research? Many students see this as a way to get to know faculty and to get hands-on experience with the field. Conducting undergraduate research is a critical experience for students interested in pursuing graduate school as well. Students should contact faculty directly to inquire about opportunities to conduct research.

Dr. Allison Farrell explains the many benefits of conducting research as an undergraduate.


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Independent Study

Students conducting research with a faculty member should enroll in PSY 177, 277, 377, or 477 (Independent Study). To enroll, please pick up a form in the main office, Room 100 Psychology Building. The form must be completed prior to registration and the signatures of both the faculty sponsor and department chair are required.

Note: PSY 177, 277, 377, and 477 are credit/no-credit courses. As a result, the hours taken through these courses do not count toward the required minimum of 36 psychology hours and grades in these courses do not affect students’ overall or psychology GPAs.

Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs)

The Psychology department also offers research opportunities through some of our courses such as the First Year Research Experience (FYRE) and Broadening Undergraduate Research in Behavioral Neuroscience (BURP-BN).