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Undergraduate Research

Numerous opportunities exist for psychology students to earn credit towards the major and graduation by assisting faculty members in various phases of research including library research, data collection, data entry, and data analyses. Advanced students are encouraged to conduct their own research project under the direction of a psychology faculty member.

Research Methods Poster Forum

Students, during the Fall 2013 Research Methods Poster Forum, sharing their PSY 3805 research findings with other students, faculty, and administrators. Students, during the Fall 2013 Research Methods Poster Forum, sharing their PSY 3805 research findings with other students, faculty, and administrators. In this photo, COS’ Dean Ornes reviews a student’s findings. Dr. Bernas discusses Will Tapella’s research findings, during the Fall 2013 Research Methods Poster Forum.
 

All undergraduate psychology majors participate in either individual or collaborative empirical research studies when they take Research Methods (PSY 3805, which is a required component of the psychology curriculum). A number of opportunities are available for students to disseminate the results of their research endeavors. Each semester, the Department hosts a Research Methods Poster Forum where students share their PSY 3805 research findings with other students, faculty, and administrators. Also, every spring, over a dozen students participate in the annual regional Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference (MAUPRC), of which EIU’s Psychology Department is a host school. Students travel to Indiana or Kentucky to present the results of their own research projects; there, they are joined by almost 100 other presenters from about 20 other schools in the region, representing about 5 states. They are routinely joined by about a half dozen EIU Psychology faculty.

Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference

Dr. Stowell helping students prepare for their oral presentations during Friday night dinner at the 2014 Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, held at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, KY. Psychology senior, Nathaniel Young, preparing to share his research findings during the 2014 Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, held at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, KY. Megan Dandurand, Kyle Dombroski, and Tim Geiselman, EIU Psychology Seniors, enjoying lunch during the 2014 Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, held at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, KY. EIU Psychology students in the audience supporting fellow EIU student presenters during the 2014 Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, held at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, KY.
 

 

Undergraduate Internships

The undergraduate internship program in psychology involves preparation for and completion of an internship in a site such as human services, human resources, child and/or adolescent services, or the criminal justice system. Please visit our internship page for detailed information.

Internship Experiences

 

 

Engagement Opportunities

EIU Psychology Majors have a number of opportunities available to them for engaging with other students and faculty, beyond the classroom. One such opportunity is by joining the Psychology Club, available to all students, and Psi Chi (the International Honor Society in Psychology). EIU’s Psi Chi chapter has been continually active for 45 years; it allows students opportunities to interact with department faculty and other students, similarly committed to pursuing careers or graduate training in psychology-related areas.

Psi Chi

Spring 2014 Psi Chi Inductees.

Spring 2014 Psi Chi Inductees.

 

Study Abroad

The Psychology department at EIU offers a faculty-led summer program that is held in Rome and tours the center of Italy. It involves the study of culture and its influence on behavior. Meanwhile visiting wonderful cities and cultural sites, you will take a course on Multicultural Human Behavior for 3 credits (PSY 4590 Psychology Seminar: Multicultural Human Behavior).

Through the completion of this program you will receive 3 credits and, if you are a Psychology major and meet the requirements, this may count as a Capstone Course. If you are not a Psych major, the only prerequisite is PSY 1879G. Also, whichever is your major, by taking a 1-credit course when you come back, you can satisfy the senior seminar requirement.

For more information on the program, click here.