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Research Opportunities in Psychology

There are 5 types of research opportunities in Psychology:

Check out the recent work of our undergraduates involved in research.

Research Courses

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 ( 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 (

Honors Program Application (PDF)

Click here to view a list of recent honors thesis titles.

Capstone Research

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.

Additional Opportunities

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.

View a list of recent Academic Spree Day presentations by students in the Psychology Department.

Presentation Resources


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

There are also several journals highlighting undergraduate research. Submit your work!

Check out the Journal of Young Investigators or visit the Council on Undergraduate Research for additional listings.

Other Resources

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.

Students are also encouraged to consider joining Clark's Psi Chi Chapter. More about the national honor society can be found at

The American Psychological Association ( offers information for undergraduate students on planning their career and getting involved in research.