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RESOURCES: Conducting Research

All Psi Chi members are encouraged to seek out research opportunities as early as possible in their academic careers. Conducting psychological research is the most effective method to determine if you might be interested in pursuing a future career in research. These experiences look great on resumés and CVs for graduate school applications, and enable you to make a lasting difference in psychology.

Psi Chi Research Tools

Research Opportunities
This page includes projects looking for collaborators and other research opportunities.

Research Measures Database
See our searchable collection of measures, stimuli, and tools to assist in your research.

Faculty Sponsors
Read this list written to help you find a research faculty sponsor. Contact information for a few dedicated summer faculty sponsors is also available.

Post a Study
Submit a link to your online studies, and we will help you find participants for your research.

Psi Chi Awards and Grants
Programs to support future research, convention attendance, and academic excellence take place throughout the year. Check back often for upcoming opportunities.

Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research
Our peer-reviewed Journal accepts original empirical manuscripts submitted by Psi Chi undergraduates, graduates, and faculty.

Attending and Presenting at Conventions
This guide will teach you all about how to prepare and present your research at an upcoming convention.

Why Research Matters

Research involvement helps students to apply classroom lessons by formulating real hypotheses; ensuring ethical research practices; and collecting, interpreting, and organizing data. In addition, these experiences provide students with priceless faculty relationships and guidance in applying for awards and grants, presenting at conventions, and submitting manuscripts for potential publication.

Don't be afraid to ask your instructors for advice and/or a chance to assist them with their current studies. Most professors welcome any support of their research and appreciate students who take the initiative to heighten their educational opportunities. Conducting research early allows individuals to develop numerous important life skills such as critical thinking, teamwork, and adaptability to change.

Related Psi Chi Articles

Psi Chi Statement Regarding Ethics in Research 
Betsy L. Morgan (University of Wisconsin–La Crosse)

A Model for a Research Program That Encourages Undergraduate Students to Present and Publish Original Research
Jennifer L. Hughes (Agnes Scott College, GA)
(FREE for Psi Chi members)

What the Student Researcher Needs to Know About Research Ethics
Shelia M. Kennison, PhD, and Sue C. Jacobs, PhD (Oklahoma State University)
Yvonne Montgomery, EdD (Langston University, OK)

Doing Your Research: How to Make the Most Out of Research Experiences
Betty S. Lai, MS, MST, Adam Margol, and Ryan R. Landoll, MS (University of Miami, FL)

After the Grade: A Guide to Publishing a Scholarly Paper in a
Peer-Reviewed Journal

Shana E. Rochester and A. Nayena Blankson, PhD (Spelman College, GA)

Visit Psi Chi's online Publication Search for additional "Promotion of Research" and "Ethics" articles.


What does
conducting research mean for you?

Jesse E. Purdy
Psi Chi President 2000–01
Southwestern University, TX

"Things happen [while conducting research] that simply cannot be foreseen, and you have to be able to think through the solutions and be willing to modify your project to reflect the realities of the situation. The best way to learn to troubleshoot these kind of situations and to determine if this is really the type of career you desire, is to obtain hands-on research experience.





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