Undergraduate Research


Being a part of the Marist College Psychology Department offers students the opportunity to become involved with research in the following ways:  

  • Within our curriculum, two courses are offered (Research Methods I and II) that require students to design and implement a research study of their choosing.  In Research Methods II, these projects are presented to the Marist community during our Celebrating Student Research in Psychology (CSRP). During this time, all students present posters describing their research and three projects are selected to be presented in the form of a research talk.

    See what students were up to at this year’s Celebrating Student Research in Psychology.

  • Students can fulfill their “Life After Marist” credits by completing a supervised research project (PSYC 485: 3 cr) or independent study (PSYC XXX: 1-3 cr) based on a research proposal. Working closely with a faculty member of their choosing, students take the lead on conducting a literature review on a research question they propose, creating a research design, and then collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. These projects are often presented within the Marist community and at regional conferences (e.g. Eastern Psychological Association Annual Conference).

    Registration for Supervised Research (PSYC 485) or Independent Study courses is not done online during the normal registration process. To register for either of these courses, you must fill out special forms which can be found at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences main office on the third floor of Dyson. The Supervised Research form is titled "Permission to Register for a non-Scheduled Course". The Independent Study form is titled "Permission to Register for Independent Study". To complete each form, you will need the approval of your research supervisor and the school Dean. Before you pursue either of these options, consult with your proposed research supervisor and academic advisor. 

  • Particularly during their first years at Marist, students can become Research Assistants working with certain faculty members, helping to design studies, and collect and analyze data. By working with faculty members on projects in a collaborative setting, students can get hands on experience with research within the faculty member’s discipline. This opportunity allows students to be a part of research at a higher level, potentially leading to authorship on papers in academic journals.

Marist College Participant Pool - Click here for Information about the participant pool for researchers and participants

Researchers (both faculty members and students working on independent projects) can make use of the newly established participant pool in order to collect data from undergraduate psychology students at Marist College. The pool allows for those doing research to have access to potentially rich data sets while providing introductory psychology students a chance to experience research in psychology from the perspective of a participant.

Introductory Psychology students, you are responsible for understanding and abiding by the policies on the page linked to above--please read it carefully!