Research Opportunities in Psychology
There are 5 types of research opportunities in Psychology:
- Research Courses (Psyc 215-235)
- Honors (Psyc 297)
- Directed Study (Psyc 299-does not count for Capstone credit) and Capstone Research in Psychology(Psyc 292)
- Year-round non-credit opportunities
- Academic Spree Day
Check out the recent work of our undergraduates involved in research.
The Department offers the following Research courses. These courses meet the laboratory/research requirement.
- 216 Research in Political Psychology (Curtin)
- 219 Research in Development and Culture (Jensen)
- 220 Research in Family Violence (Hines)
- 221 Research in Social Psychology (Hawi-Visiting Assistant Professor)
- 222 Research in Cognitive Development (Wiser)
- 223 Research in Motivational and Emotional Development in
Children, and Adolescents (Grolnick)
- 224 Research on Identity Development (Bamberg)
- 225 Research on Intergroup Conflict and Cooperation (Vollhardt)
- 226 Research in Men's Mental Health (Addis)
- 227 Research in Addictive Behaviors (Palm Reed)
- 228 Research on Youth and Depression (McKee)
- 229 Research in the Development of Language (Budwig)
- 230 Research in Cultural Psychology (Valsiner)
- 231 Couples Research (Córdova)
- 232 Research in Community (Cardemil)
- 233 Research on Thinking in Societal Context (Falmagne)
- 234 Research on Adult Development (Arnett)
- 235 Research in Diverse Families (Goldberg)
- 292 Capstone Research (Fulfills the Capstone requirement)
- 297 Honors (Fulfills the Capstone requirement)
* The Psychology major research requirement can also be fulfilled by taking a Lab course (Psyc 200-214)
Honors in Psychology
The Psychology Honors Program is a two-semester sequence that begins in the fall semester of the senior year. Honors work in psychology is open to students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement and the motivation and ability to work as scholars. Students in the program conduct an independent research project under the supervision of one or more faculty members. This research provides the basis for a thesis that, upon completion, is presented and defended by the student before an examining committee and the student's project advisor. Students considering graduate study in psychology or another related discipline are strongly encouraged to consider applying to the honors program.
Students interested in doing an honors project must be juniors who have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher to be eligible to apply to the Honors program. In addition, all applicants must identify on the application a specific faculty sponsor with whom they will be working during their senior year. This faculty sponsor should submit a letter of support as part of the application, attesting to his/her willingness to mentor the student. It is highly recommended that students who wish to apply to the program seek out a sponsor at the beginning of their junior year, as individual faculty mentors may require their honors students to register for a research course or directed study during the spring semester of junior year. Students should communicate clearly with their faculty sponsors regarding expectations for prior research involvement.
Applications are distributed annually to all Psychology majors via email at the beginning of November. The deadline for applications is at the end of February. Please submit all materials to Kelly Boulay (firstname.lastname@example.org) in JC 306. Both electronic and hard copies are acceptable.
If you have any questions regarding the honors program or the application process, please contact Professor Esteban Cardemil (email@example.com).
Students who have completed one research course can then meet the capstone requirement by signing up for a Capstone Research course (Psyc 292) with the same faculty member, or with another faculty member with permission.
Take a look at the faculty members' research interests. Contact individual professors if you are interested in conducting research on a credit or non-credit basis.
On a volunteer basis, there are opportunities for conducting research with various faculty members on a non-credit basis. (See individual faculty members for opportunities.)
Academic Spree Day
There is opportunity for those students working on research with psychology professors to participate, on the faculty member's recommendation, in Academic Spree Day which is held in April.
Large-format output. Clark's Information Technology Services department can help students with poster printing. Additional information can be obtained from the ITS Help Desk (x7745) or on the ITS website.
Design Guidelines and Templates are also available on the ITS website.
Conferences and Journals Focusing on Undergraduate Research
Undergrads should know that the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research sponsors conferences for showcasing undergraduate research. Information on the upcoming conference can be found at http://www.ncur.org/
There are also several journals highlighting undergraduate research. Submit your work!
There are several resources available to students who are interested in getting involved in research or in learning about psychology career options.
Clark University's Undergraduate Psychology Committee can offer guidance about the psychology major, research opportunities, and graduate school.
The American Psychological Association (www.apa.org) offers information for undergraduate students on planning their career and getting involved in research.