PSY 485 - Undergraduate Research Application for Spring 2014
1. PSY 485 Application
PSY485 (Undergraduate Research Experience)
Working with an NAU faculty member as part of his or her research program, or being mentored as you conduct an independent research project, is a wonderful opportunity for NAU psychology majors. NAU Psychology faculty researchers investigate a variety of important topics, utilize a variety of methodologies, involve diverse participant populations, and employ many different kinds of research designs. Conducting research promotes a host of abilities and skills that employers and graduate programs seek.
• A general departmental guideline is that a student should have a 3.0 or higher GPA to participate in PSY 485.
• Students must have successfully completed PSY 101 or 101H (Introduction to Psychology), PSY 230 (Statistics), and PSY 302W (Research Methods). If you are currently taking PSY 302W you may apply.
Course Credit and Time Commitment
• Students are permitted to sign up for 1-3 credit hours of PSY 485 a semester, with a total of 6 credit hours counting toward the Psychology major.
• Keep in mind that each credit hour of PSY 485 carries a responsibility of approximately 3 hours of work each week. So, signing up for 1 credit hour is about 3 hours of work a week, 2 credit hours about 6 hours per week, and 3 credit hours about 9 hours per week. Please do not pursue PSY 485 if you are unable to meet this time commitment.
• Selection criteria include GPA, schedule, interests, commitment (i.e., many faculty prefer it if students are able to stay with the research project for two subsequent semesters), and availability (Faculty mentors prefer and/or require their research students be available for chunks of time throughout the week for weekly lab meeting, data collection, and other research work).
• If a student wants to work with a specific faculty member, we encourage the student to contact the professor individually expressing his/her interest.
• We will attempt to match each student with a faculty member of his/her choice however, it is not always possible as there are a limited number of slots available to work on various research projects. Please be aware that the general skills acquired in 485 are more important to preparation for graduate school than topic of research.
Procedures and Deadlines for Spring 2014:
• Application Deadline Friday, October 18, 2013 5 p.m.
- Complete the online application
- Submit unofficial NAU transcript (pdf) to PSY485@nau.edu
• Final day students will be contacted: Friday, November 1, 2013 5 p.m.