Involvement in research is an important part of students undergraduate experience at DU. It not only enhances students knowledge about the science of psychology, but provides training relevant to jobs and graduate and professional schools. This "hands-on" experience provides important information for your graduate school decision-making process and future career success.
Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their research, and the small size of the University and its support for undergraduate research experience provides many opportunities for students to have hands-on experiences.
Students can participate as a part of the Federal Work- Study Program (determined by Financial Aid eligibility), by obtaining course credits through Research Participation (PSYC 2112), receive Partners in Scholarship (PinS) grants from the Undergraduate Research Center, or do a senior thesis in the Departmental Distinction program.
To join a lab, talk the faculty member of interest or talk with your department academic advisor. The list of faculty research interests provide further information about opportunities.
Students who enroll in PSYC 2112, Research Participation understand that for every 1 credit hour the expectation is that they spend at least 3 hours per week engaged in research/laboratory activities. For example, if a student enrolls for 3 credits of PSYC 2112, they are expected to spend at least 9 hours per week engaged in research/laboratory activities. Students and faculty members are also strongly encouraged to negotiate a set of expected research activities/duties for the duration of the quarter before the research participation experience begins. Student can enroll in a maximum of 10 research participation or independent study hours.
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