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Undergraduate Research

One of the fun parts of psychology is the research! Below you will find information on how to sign up to participate in research studies as well as how to get involved with faculty research. 

Participating in Research Studies

Research is a fundamental part of the field of psychology and represents the primary means by which psychologists learn about the mind and behavior. Therefore, the Psychological Science and Counseling Department requires all students taking Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 1030) at Austin Peay State University to participate in research to gain first-hand exposure to the research process. This participation requirement provides a first-hand opportunity for you to participate in ongoing research being conducted at the university. In addition to helping you learn about research in psychology, your participation in these activities will benefit student and faculty researchers who are completing scholarly research. For students who would rather not participate in research, please review the information concerning an alternative assignment.

More information about research studies

Research Participation Guide

Alternate assignment information

The Research Pool can be found at https://apsu.sona-systems.com/

If you have any questions, you can contact the Research Pool Administrator.

Getting Involved in Faculty Research

If you are interested in working with a specific faculty member, and they are accepting new students, send them an email. You can do this at any time during the semester. Research projects may go through various phases at different times, so there's virtually always one just getting started. Additionally, you can look at faculty webpages  to see a more detailed description of their research interests. We also have a poster in the main hallway of Clement on the second floor that details each professor's research interests. 

In the major, we have two courses dedicated to research. We have:

In the Research Experience, students can expect to help faculty members with their ongoing projects. Research Experience can be taken as either a 1, 2, or 3 credit hour course. In the Honors Research, students are able to create, design, and implement their own research study under the supervision of a faculty member.