The Department of Psychology encourages undergraduate majors to be involved in research opportunities. Common methods for becoming involved in research include:
Some instructors offer extra credit for participating in psychological research conducted by UW-L's Psychology Department, but anyone can volunteer to participate in these studies. To browse and enroll in psychology studies currently being conducted, please visit the Sona System website (UW-L's web-based system for signing up to participant in psychological research).
1. Information regarding domestic and international grants for UW-L undergraduate research can be found at http://www.uwlax.edu/urc/. Examples of successful psychology grants are linked below under "examples."
2. The McNair Program - McNair Scholars must either be low-income, first generation college students AND/OR be members of a traditionally underrepresented group in their field (usually African American, Latino/a, Native American and/or Asian Pacific Islander). It is STRONGLY recommended that psychology majors apply to McNair after enrolling in or completing PSY331.
3. Resources for external scholarships and research experiences for psychology undergraduates.
The most common conferences at which UW-L psychology students present their work are listed below (UW-L Celebration, MPA, & NCUR). Several other presentation options are available - please discuss with your faculty advisor. Each conference and journal has its own application processes and guidelines (one size does not fit all).
*As undergraduates, students may present the same poster at multiple events. However, job applications, graduate school essays and resumes should be clear that each presentation was regarding the same research project.
**All projects presented involving human participants must have received IRB approval.
Publication is an option for students who have completed strong research designs with interesting results. Follow the author instructions for whichever journal you choose exactly. You may not have the same article under review at more than one journal at a time.
Posters are a visual medium - reduce text! Samples are hanging on the 3rd floor of Graff Main Hall.
Prepare a 2-minute oral "overview" for people who ask "What did you find?" or "Tell me about your study?" that involves you directing them visually to key components of your poster/study.
Undergraduate research grant submissions (2009 - current)
NCUR 2013 - list of psychology students' titles and faculty advisors
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