Message from the Director

People often aspire to make a difference—to do something that helps people or makes the world a better place. It might sound a bit cliché to say, “I want to make the world a better place,” but it’s important to recognize that the desire to make a difference through science reflects an ability to identify the needs of others, the will to address those needs, and the integrity to find credible answers. The MSPS program aims to equip students with the tools to make a difference through scientific inquiry. We use tools such as critical thinking, research design, literature synthesis, data analysis, academic writing, public speaking, and collaboration to make our unique contributions to the world. While our students seek to answer different questions, they share a motivation to discover something new in the hope that their discovery will deepen our understanding of psychological phenomena. Perhaps that deep understanding will make a difference.  I invite you to read about Carly Graham, a persistent first-year student who has decided to acquire the tools of psychological science to do impactful work.