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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

PSY 390 is a course enabling students to become involved in psychological research on a wide range of topics. Students work as research assistants on projects managed by a faculty member or graduate student in the Department of Psychological Sciences.

The PSY 390 experience has benefits such as:

  • helping students understand more fully how psychology research is conducted
  • providing hands-on experience in data collection
  • learning other research skills such data analysis, interpretive, and/or interpersonal skills
  • allowing students to assess whether research is a desirable component of their careers
  • developing contacts for future letters of recommendation and job references
  • enhancing competitiveness in applications for graduate school in psychology or other professional schools or as candidates for employment in various fields (e.g., marketing, pharmaceutical sales, human resources, etc.)

During the 16-week fall or spring semester, students are expected to work 3 hours per week for every credit earned (e.g. 9 hours/week for a 3-credit PSY 390). During the 8-week summer session, students are expected to work 6 hours per week for every credit earned (e.g., 18 hours/week for a 3-credit PSY 390). Late enrollment in PSY 390 during any semester reduces the number of possible credit hours the students can earn.

Please note that only 6 credits of PSY 390 can be graded. Any additional credits must be taken on a pass / no pass basis. In addition, a maximum of 3 credit hours is eligible toward the degree requirements (see restrictions under Area C of the PSY major bingo sheet: http://www.purdue.edu/hhs/codo/documents/plans_of_study/PSY_PSYS.pdf)

Current PSY 390 Positions

Fall 2015 (all announcements in pdf format)

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