The development of effective mentoring relationships with faculty or graduate students is an important factor in career success for undergraduate students, particularly for members of marginalized groups. One of the best ways of acquiring a mentor is to assist one or more members of the psychology department in on-going research projects. Alternatively, undergraduates in psychology may decide to conduct their own individual research studies under the supervision of faculty members or graduate students.
Our undergraduate students can initiate relationships with potential mentors in several ways. Subscribing to our Psi Chi and Psychology Club listserv allows students to receive email messages about URI Undergraduate Psychology Program events, as well as announcements about undergraduate research opportunities.
To subscribe to the listserv, send an email in the following format to firstname.lastname@example.org: Subscribe Psi-Chi@pete.uri.edu "your full name"
Occasionally, announcements are made in psychology classes about undergraduate research opportunities. Research and other types of position announcements are also posted in the office of Dr. Boatright-Horowitz (Chafee 310) on the Kingston campus.
Some undergraduate students prefer to approach faculty or graduate students with requests for Independent Study supervision (Psy 499 or 489) because they were comfortable with these individuals in a classroom setting. Other students consult a list of our Psychology Department faculty, so that they can select potential mentors or research supervisors based on shared career interests.
Regardless of the method used to acquire a mentor, undergraduate students can benefit in many ways from this relationship.