Getting Involved In Undergraduate Research

The following list includes some of the many ways that you, as a student, can increase your research training in psychology:

Take advantage of one of these research courses for credit:

    • PSY 3990 (Independent Research) -- This course usually involves working with a faculty member on an existing research project. Most faculty who offer 3990 sections encourage or require their students to present their research at a conference. This course can be taken for 1-3 credits and can be taken multiple times; up to 6 hours of PSY3990 can count as elective hours in the major. Contact individual faculty members if you are interested in getting involved in research. (Student Research Directory)
    • PSY 4080 (Advanced Research Methods) -- This course is open to all students who have earned at least a B- in PSY3020, PSY4070, and PSY3070. It is offered most spring semesters.
    • PSY 4000 (Psychology Seminar) -- This course can be taken as a literature review course, working with an individual faculty member. Contact individual faculty members if you think you might want to do a literature review or directed readings course.
    • UH4900 & UH 4950 (Honors Thesis Tutorial and Independent Research)--Honors eligible students can complete an honors independent research project. To learn more, visit the Honors College page or

Apply for a URECA grant through the Undergraduate Research Center.

    • URECA grants are offered at the assistant, scholars, and team level. Contact individual faculty members if you are interested in applying for one of these grants. Check out the Undergraduate Research Center to learn more: 

Present your research at a local, regional, or national conference

    • Middle Tennessee Psychological Association (our major local conference meets during the Spring at MTSU)
    • CEPO/Psi Chi Undergraduate poster session of SEPA: held every year at a different location in the spring, this poster session is for undergraduate researchers who want to get experience presenting a research poster at a conference.
    • Scholars Week: This is a week long event in which students are able to present their research with others at MTSU.  

Submit your research manuscripts to an undergraduate research journal





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