Undergraduate Research Opportunities

PSY 39000 is a course where students work as research assistants on projects managed by a faculty member or graduate student in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Please scroll down this page to see lists of researchers who are accepting applications for upcoming semesters. Click on faculty names for details about open positions. These lists will be updated over time as position announcements are received from faculty.

Benefits of the PSY 39000 experience include

  • gaining hands-on experience in data collection
  • learning research skills like data analysis, interpretation, and writiing
  • helping you assess whether research is a component you want in your career
  • 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.)

Important things to know about registration and credit for PSY 39000:

  • Registration for PSY 39000 is done during Open Registration using Scheduling Assistant, not during Preregistration using the Course Request Form.
  • Although PSY 39000 may be taken more than once, no more than 6 credits total may be taken for a standard grade.  All additional PSY 39000 credit must be taken as Pass/No Pass credit.
  • One 3-credit, standard grade PSY 39000 can be used in the PSY Minor, the Psychological Sciences Major, or the Brain & Behavioral Science Major.
  • After the 4th week of the Fall/Spring semester, students may not register for a 3-credit PSY 39000 without special permission from the Department of Psychological Sciences.  During Weeks 5+6, students may register for up to 2 credits, but 9 lab hours per week are still required the remainder of the semester. During Weeks 7+8, the maximum is 1 credit, and 9 lab hours per week are still required for the remainder of the semester.

PSY 390 Position Announcements - Summer 2022

PSY 390 Position Announcements - Fall 2022

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 39000). 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 39000). 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 39000 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 degree requirements sheet  

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