Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Why Get Research Experience in Psychology?
One advantage for students who attend large state universities with graduate programs is the opportunity to actively participate in research projects conducted by faculty members and graduate students. Participating in research allows a student "hands on" experience in their chosen field, an opportunity to see the scientific process in action, and the chance to become better acquainted with a faculty member who can serve as a mentor to the student.
The Psychology Department at KSU is very research oriented. Faculty members are actively engaged in research, and graduate students in our Ph.D. Clinical and Experimental programs conduct their own independent research projects. Students engaged in research often are able to assist with data collection, learn data management skills, read articles relevant to the lab research projects, and attend lab meetings. Participating in research is also good preparation for students interested in attending graduate school (for more on this topic, see "Want to Go to Graduate School?"). Paid research positions are rare, but undergraduates majoring or minoring in Psychology can earn course credit (PSYC 31498 or PSYC 41498).
How Do I Get Research Experience?
- Please click the following link to see the current list of research labs searching for undergraduate assistants. Positions Available.
- Another possibility for students, who want to carry out an independent research project, is to do an Honors thesis. Even students who have not taken honors coursework early in their college career can complete an honors thesis and earn departmental honors if their current GPA is 3.2 or higher (3.4 or higher in their major). Students must take honors coursework over 2 semesters to complete the honors requirement. To complete a thesis, students need to identify a faculty member who is willing to serve as the advisor for their thesis. Faculty will be better able to serve as thesis advisor if the student has already been involved in that faculty member's research as an undergraduate research assistant (for example, enrolled in PSYC 31498 or 41498 with that faculty). Thus, we strongly recommend that you seek involvement in faculty research before your senior year. For information about the honors thesis, contact the Honors college at 672-2312 or click here to access their web site.
We also offer two courses that provide intensive lab experience: Laboratory Experience in Psychological Research: Social/Clinical (Psyc 41573) and Laboratory Experience in Psychological Research: Cognitive/Learning (Psyc 41574). In these courses, students will gain experience with research methods, data analysis, computerized statistics programs, and scientific writing.