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Undergraduate Research

Being a part of Marist's 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.
  • Students can fulfill their "Life After Marist" credits by completing a supervised research project (PSYC 485: 3 credits) or independent study (PSYC XXX: 1-3 credits) 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., the 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 that can be found at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences' main office on the third floor of Dyson. The Supervised Research form is entitled "Permission to Register for a non-Scheduled Course," while the Independent Study form is entitled "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 collecting and analyzing 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 

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. 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 of the participant pool.