Undergraduate Research

The Psychology Department offers undergraduates many opportunities to engage in research. Each semester, over 300 students work in research labs and earn college credit.

Types of Undergraduate Research

PSYC 290 Research Experience

PSYC 290 Research Experience is for the Casual Researcher who just needs some elective hours, or for the Exploring/Determined Researcher wanting to explore pursuing a research career, including applying to grad school, PSYC 290 is the starting point. More information about PSYC 290.

PSYC 494 Advanced Research

PSYC 494 is the next step after PSYC 290 for undergraduates who want more research experience. In PSYC 494 Advanced Research, students take on more responsibility in the lab, and it requires submitting a paper at the end of the semester. More information about PSYC 494.

Honors Program

The Honors Program is a three-semester sequence of courses, taken along with PSYC 494, offers undergraduates an opportunity to create scholarly work on a specific research project, culminating in a bachelor's thesis. More information about the Honors Program.

Capstone Program

The Capstone Program two-semester sequence of courses, taken along with PSYC 494, offers undergraduates an opportunity to write a bachelor's thesis with the support of faculty mentors. More information about the Capstone Program.

Featured Research Opportunity

Berenbaum Emotion and Psychopathology Team
We are looking for motivated undergraduate students to enroll in PSYC 290 to work on research examining emotion. We are currently conducting several studies examining things like the impact of emotion on reasoning, whether it is possible to increase the experience of pleasurable emotions, and the relation between emotion and excessive behaviors (e.g., excessive scrolling and internet use).  Must be willing to commit a minimum of six hours of work per week on weekdays between 8 am and 8 pm.    If you are interested in applying to work with us, please contact us at:  ...