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Spring Into Research

Posted By Sarah Ann Coffin, CSU Monterey Bay, Thursday, February 8, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Spring Into Research

The morning espresso-to-go routine is back! Welcome all to the new spring semester. As you begin to order books and learn new class schedules, don’t forget to keep your eye on the summer research prize. Often at the start of a new semester, I find myself wrapped up in to-do lists and settling into revised routines. After the extended holiday and relaxation, it can be difficult to prioritize internships and summer research. However, the beginning of the semester is the perfect time to plan for great new opportunities!

Start With a Timeline

Nothing says organization like a rough outline of your research plan. Take a step toward meeting your goals for this semester and summer by establishing a location to jot down deadlines and requirements. Applications like Evernote and Microsoft OneNote provide platforms to map out weekly tasks in organized notebooks by subject. Busy students can use these apps on their mobile phones for quick access to to-do lists on the run. If you are like me, you will love the color coding features that help you keep track of assignments for all of your psychology classes. By getting in the habit of writing down due dates and future opportunities, you can stay on top of research applications, grant deadlines, and assignments this semester.

Fund Your Research

Psi Chi offers grants and awards to fund your research as early as February and March of this year. If you are enrolled in lab or plan to join within the coming year, Psi Chi provides opportunities for financial support for both undergraduate and graduate students. Applications open 30 days prior to deadline dates, so stay updated on ways to fund for your research! While you are perusing Psi Chi’s funding opportunities, take a moment to also check in with your university’s student research center. Many universities throughout the nation provide services to support your research and quest to graduate school through workshops, awards, and grants. Don’t put your dreams of conducting experiments on the back burner; take advantage of the fantastic resources provided to you as a student and member of Psi Chi.

Summer Is Coming!

Let’s face it, it can be frustrating to try to balance a research internship with maintaining grades, personal care, and a social life. Whether you are choosing to invest in summer research for personal edification or for graduate school, finding the right data sources to assist your search for an internship is essential. Try starting with broad websites to give you an idea of the potential research positions available in your concentration, such as the American Psychological Association or the National Science Foundation. From there, you can find sites with internships specific to your interests, such as Johns Hopkins for research in child development or Yale University for origins of social cognition. When you find the concentration that best suits you, don’t forget to record application deadlines in your Evernote or Microsoft OneNote file. Your future self will thank you!

Prepped to Go

With planning on your side, you can tackle landing your desired research position without all of the last minute hassle. For those of you who resolved to procrastinate less in 2018, now is your time to shine! When you do apply for this year’s funding and positions, be confident in your abilities. Whether you are one of ten applicants or one of thousands, be proud of yourself for your careful planning and efforts invested. In preparation alone, you will have exhibited qualities in organization, critical thinking, and goal achievement. Not only will these qualities reflect in your application, but in the way you conduct yourself in your research position as well. Good luck this semester and in all your research endeavors! I can’t wait to see where science takes us next.

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