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Psychology Undergraduate Research

The Department of Psychology offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to gain first-hand experience in research. Research experience is a great way to apply classroom teachings to real-world settings, build your resume/cv and determine if graduate school is the right fit for you.

Poster Session

Poster Session is an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to share their hard work with fellow classmates. During the event, participants present their research projects in the areas of clinical, cognitive, social and school psychology. Attendees are able to network and ask questions regarding each research poster. Throughout the event, faculty and graduate student evaluators visit each research poster to assess whether the student has met the appropriate criteria for their area of research. 

Psychology Research Fair

At the beginning of the fall semester, a research fair is hosted by the Department of Psychology. Much like a college fair, lab representatives are available to answer questions undergraduate students may have about becoming a research assistant in the lab of their interests. 

Research for Credit

Any student interested in earning course credit for research in psychology (PSY 291-291; 491-494) must obtain a Syracuse University faculty member sponsor to oversee these activities in conjunction with non-SU employees. A teaching or graduate assistant cannot serve as a sponsor.

It is the student's responsibility to identify a faculty member who is willing to serve in this capacity. Faculty sponsors are responsible for:

  • Assisting the student in determining learning objectives, goals, activities and tasks of the internship.
  • Providing guidance during the internship experience.
  • Using assignments and evaluations to arrive at a final grade for the student's experience.

In each case, a faculty sponsor must sign a Research Experience Contract agreeing to supervise the work and specify the criteria upon which the undergraduate student will be graded. Please consult the Psychology Student Support Office for more information.

Become a Research Assistant

Department of Psychology faculty are looking for research assistants in their labs! Click here for an up-to-date list of labs and learn how you can apply to become Research Assistant: Research Assistant Openings

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