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University of Rhode Island — Psychology
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What kind of research opportunities are there?

URI's Department of Psychology strongly encourages students to get involved in conducting research throughout their college careers. Research is absolutely necessary to be accepted into most graduate programs today. Here is how you can get research experience:

  1. Become involved with faculty research. You should start this as early as possible in your undergraduate training. There is an application form for independent study that you can complete and submit to the Department of Psychology.
  2. Contact a faculty member or graduate student in whose research you are interested.
  3. Register for Psy 489 with that faculty member. It is a 3-credit course!
The Benefits of Research
  • Undergraduate research looks great on your resume or curriculum vitae
  • You may receive a departmental award for your research!
  • It is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience in your potential field of interest
  • You get close mentorship from faculty and the work may result in a strong, detailed letter of recommendation
  • It puts classroom knowledge to work
  • It allows you to make educated future career decisions
  • Your experience allows you to stand out on graduate school applications from peers who did not participate in research