Why become involved in research?
- Research allows you to pursue answers to questions that you think are important. Research allows you to test your ideas -- to find out whether or not your ideas were right (and if it turns out that your ideas were not, you get to learn something new!).
- Depending on your career goals, you may find that you will need to complete graduate school. If so, you are likely to need strong letters of recommendation. Research experience also may be required to be accepted into a graduate program. Working on research with department faculty is a great way to attain both of those.
- Research skills are valuable in many other careers; having this experience will make you a more desirable candidate for numerous jobs.
Ways to get involved with research
- Recommended for sophomores: Take PSYC 270 Statistics and PSYC 271 Research Methods as an introduction to the basics of the research process
- Recommended for sophomores/juniors: Apply for PSYC 393/394 Directed Research to join a faculty member's research team
- Your advisor, and students who have recently taken Directed Research are great resources for answering any questions you may have about Directed Research.
- Recommended for juniors/seniors: Undertake an independent research project (PSYC 498 Senior Directed Research) under the supervision of a faculty member
- Once you have gained research experience in Directed Research, you may uncover interesting research questions that go beyond the original project. In this case, you should discuss your ideas with the faculty member you have been working with to determine which course option is best for you.