Research is an invaluable way to develop your understanding of scientific method, and how it is applied in the study of psychology. The 3 primary ways you can be involved in research at the University of Utah are: 1) as a participant in a study through the participant pool, 2) by becoming a research assistant in a lab, or 3) by completing your own research project under the direction of a faculty mentor. Completing your own research project under the direction of a faculty mentor is often done as part of the Honors Track, or through the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) in pursuit of the Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation (URSD), or as part of a Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). If carefully planned, it is possible to complete one project as part of the Honors Track, and to earn the URSD while being funded by UROP.
If you are applying to graduate school it is recommended that you have at least 2 semester of research experience for a master’s program, and 4 semesters of research experience for a PhD. Being a participant in a research study may count in some courses for credit, but it is not typically considered as part of your research experience for graduate programs.
The following links will provide more information on how you can get involved with research at the University of Utah:
- Participant Pool
- Research Opportunities with Faculty - Become a Research Assistant
- Honors Track
- Office of Undergraduate Research
Internships are the best way to gain experience in a particular field of work. Internship can be important when considering graduate school, or employment when you complete your degree. A course may be taken through the Department of Psychology for academic credit, but it is not required to complete an internship. Most internships are completed with an organization that is not part of the University of Utah. Internships may be found through the Department of Psychology, through the Hinckley Institute, or on your own. Many of these may qualify for funding through the Undergraduate Psychology Service and Internship Award (UPSI).
The following links will provide more information on internship opportunities and funding through the Department of Psychology and the Hinckley Institute:
Student groups provide a tremendous way to get involved with peers and others at the University of Utah. Student groups can help you network, gain experience, and find new opportunities. The following are several student groups related to psychology here at the University of Utah:
- Psi Chi - Utah Chapter: National Honor Society in Psychology
- SAC - Student Advisory Committee
- Human Factors and Ergonomics Student Group (Link to the HFES student group)
- Systems ‘N Coffee