Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Research - Get Involved!

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We highly recommend that you become involved in research with a faculty member with whom you share an interest. The importance of this cannot be overstated; an enthusiastic letter from your research professor can make all the difference in admission to graduate programs. In fact, it is difficult to get into a high-quality graduate psychology program without at least some research experience.

Research Areas: Where to Look and How to Start

The Psychology Department at Albany has research strengths in behavioral neuroscience, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, and social-personality psychology. If you plan to attend graduate school, we strongly encourage you to talk with at least one professor in the area of your interest.

The real place to rise above the crowd and show your potential for professional accomplishment is in research. Psychology is an empirical science and research is the engine that drives it. Research also takes considerable time, so it will be of benefit to you to seek participation in a lab for longer than one semester.

Professors vary considerably in style and substance in directing undergraduates in their research projects. On this website, you will find descriptions of individual faculty research interests organized by graduate programs. Beyond simply reading this list, thoroughly discuss with the professor what you would be doing, what is expected, how much importance you would have to the project, how much access you would have to him or her, and the like, and then decide if that participation will be valuable for you.

If you would like more information on the research experiences offered through the Psychology Department, please come into the Advisement Office (SS 399B) to speak with Erin Couture or an advising assistant.

Research Available in the Psychology Department at the University at Albany

Most faculty accept undergraduates in independent study or directed research. You may receive credit for directed study by registering for APSY 297/297Z, APSY 397/397Z, or APSY 497Z. In order to assist in a research laboratory and receive course credit, you must reach out to the professor you are interested in working with, as well as apply to their laboratory. Please note that you must follow each professor’s instructions to apply; there is no universal application.