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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) as an attachment.
Field Study Interest Form (in *.doc format)
If you have questions, contact Dr. Segrist (email@example.com; 618-650-3159).
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 PSYC 422, Data Analysis with SPSS, and technical writing courses. They should also carefully study the materials on the Psychology Writing Resources page.
SIUE's Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Program
SIUE's URCA program is designed to help undergraduate students get involved in research and creative activities in two ways – as an URCA Research Associate or as an URCA Research Assistant. Associates apply to work with a faculty mentor on a study that the student researches and designs. In the Department of Psychology, this can count as a student’s Capstone (Senior Assignment) experience. Assistants apply to work in faculty laboratories and will work on faculty-led projects. Research Assistant positions can not count as a Capstone experience.
URCA Research Assistants in the Department of Psychology will receive:
URCA Research Associates in the Department of Psychology will receive:
Having an URCA Research Associate Project Count as a Senior Assignment in the Psychology Department
Please note that the following guidelines only apply toward having an URCA Research Associate project count toward the senior assignment requirement in the Department of Psychology. It is the responsibility of the student to understand and meet all URCA requirements. For more information, please visit http://www.siue.edu/urca/.
Honors Capstone – Additional Issues
Honors students: the above requirements will apply to you. Listed below are additional issues that will pertain to you.
Honors students must take 491, 493, the honors section of Capstone Seminar in Psychology (PSYC 494), do an independent thesis, and do a "pre-proposal" project (contract) in an earlier class. For URCA Associate students, this will translate into:
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, ask a professor, visit the psychology discussion forum to check for announcements about summer research opportunities, and check the department's Twitter page.
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.
To learn more about student organizations such as Psi Chi, Psychology Club, and Project Prime visit the student organizations page or the bulletin boards across from the main psychology office. These organizations allow you to get more involved in your discipline, to help the community through volunteer work and to develop social networks and leadership skills.