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Field Study in Psychology - Research Opportunities - Psi Chi and Psychology Club


PSYC 493 - Field Study in Psychology

Field Study in Psychology is an internship-type course that gives students a significant career advantage. The course is helpful to students who plan to enter the workforce directly but it is also important for students who need particular kinds of experiences (e.g., working in a mental health agency) to be competitive for graduate school.

Student Qualifications: An undergraduate major in psychology, a GPA of at least 2.5, at least 18 hours of Psychology courses completed, and consent of the Field Study Coordinator.

Credit: Credit earned depends upon hours spent at site (e.g., 3 credit hours = 120 hours at site). Variable credit: 1-6 credit hours. Students may not be paid for their work.

Procedure: If you are interested in Field Study in Psychology, please complete the Field Study Interest Form below and email it to Dr. Segrist (dsegris@siue.edu) as an attachment.

Field Study Interest Form (in *.doc format)

If you have questions, contact Dr. Segrist (dsegris@siue.edu; 618-650-3159).

Independent Research (PSYC 491 - Research in Psychology)

Students must obtain prior approval by a faculty member to enroll in PSYC 491. This course allows students to get hands-on research experience (in the laboratory or out in the field) under the supervision of a faculty member.

To enroll in PSYC 491, students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and have completed at least 18 hours of Psychology courses. Students must secure a faculty member's permission to enroll in PSYC 491. The student and faculty member must reach agreement on what the student will accomplish, how long the project will take and how many credit hours the student will earn. The procedure required for registration is as follows:


1. Download a PSYC 491/492/496 Consent Form (in *.rtf format), complete it and obtain your supervising professor's signature.
2. Give one copy of the signed form to the undergraduate psychology advisor (who will register you for the course) and keep a second copy for your records.

To find out more about enrolling in Psyc 491 at SIUE, please talk to your undergraduate psychology advisor or a professor with whom you are interested in doing research.

Students with a strong interest in research should also consider taking the following courses. These courses are not required of psychology majors, but are helpful for future researchers:

  • PSYC 422, Data Analysis with SPSS
  • PSYC 495, Writing in Psychology
  • Any courses available in other departments which focus on technical writing or data analysis

SIUE's Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Program

The URCA program allows undergraduates to get research experience (during fall and spring semesters) as either URCA Research Associates or URCA Research Assistants. At this page you can learn more about these research programs.

Research Opportunities Outside of SIUE

Many universities recruit students from all over the United States to participate in summer research training programs. Some of these programs cost little or nothing (because they are funded by grants); a few pay small stipends. To learn more about such programs, visit the "Paid Summer Research Programs" thread in the psychology discussion forum. Additional research opportunities may be announced on the department's Twitter page.

psychology research presentation

PSYC 496 - Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship in Psychology

Students must obtain prior approval by a faculty member to enroll in PSYC 496. This course allows students with an interest in graduate study to get hands-on experience assisting with a psychology course taught by a faculty member.

To enroll in PSYC 496, obtain the consent of a professor who will supervise you, download a PSYC 491/492/496 Consent Form (in *.rtf format), complete it and obtain your supervising professor's signature. Give one copy of the signed form to the undergraduate psychology advisor (who will register you for the course) and keep a second copy for your records.

Psychology Club and Psi Chi

To learn more about student organizations such as Psi Chi, Psychology Club, Project Prime and ASCC visit the student organizations page. These organizations are an excellent way to become more involved with your discipline (which helps you become a more successful student), to help the community through volunteer work and to develop social networks that enhance your professional development.