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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.

Poster Session

The Department of Psychology 26th Annual Poster Session will be held Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 12 - 2 p.m. in the Schine Student Center.

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.

Poster registrations are due Wednesday, April 10th, 2019. Register your research poster here: Research Poster Registration 2019


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


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