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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.

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 lab openings and how to apply can be found here: Spring 2019 Research Openings

Poster Session

At the conclusion of every spring semester, undergraduate researchers are invited to present their hard work in the areas of clinical, cognitive, social and school psychology. At the conclusion of Poster Session, presenters receive fedback from experienced researchers.

Submissions for posters will be accepted during the Spring 2019 semester.

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.

Have questions?

Contact Academic Support Coordinator, Jessica Shea at jmshea@syr.edu