Dear Psi Chi Member,
I hope you will join me during Psi Chi’s second annual celebration of Undergraduate Research Week (URW). All students and faculty—not just undergraduates—are invited to join us April 8–12 to shine a light on the latest generation of students striving to advance the science and application of psychology. The final program will be available online by April 4.
Specifically, this event will feature Psi Chi webinars, Facebook conversations with experts, new articles, and other Psi Chi research tools throughout the week. You are also encouraged to share about your current research projects and experiences on Facebook and social media. Use hashtag #PsiChiURW. Specific projects, interests, conference attendance—we want to hear about it all! You are also invited to send us any 15-second video clips of your research presentations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we wait for URW, here are four ways you can go ahead and honor this special occasion with Psi Chi today:
1. Join a Research Project
Psi Chi’s NICE:CROWD project allows student and faculty researchers from around the world to get together and investigate a specified research question. Each year, a particular research project will be selected by the NICE Committee, and then interested researchers will be guided through the process of gathering IRB approval and collecting data at their local institutions. Learn more about submitting a potential project for consideration or collaborating on the current project!
2. Receive Financial Support
Psi Chi provides $400,000 annually in awards, grants, and scholarships. This includes significant funding for undergraduate research awards, research grants, and travel grants to conventions. View a complete list of annual programs and deadlines.
3. Submit to Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research
Psi Chi’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal is uniquely dedicated to educating and promoting the professional development of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty authors. Experience our rigorous, yet supportive and educational, peer-review process for yourself. Psi Chi’s high visibility across the field and dedication to transparent, replicable research practices makes our journal the place to submit your research today.
4. Learn Something New
Over the years, Psi Chi has built up a wealth of free articles and resources about Conducting Research and Attending and Presenting at Conventions. You are welcome to use these in your classrooms and other endeavors.
Undergraduate Research Week was originally declared by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. Indeed, many professionals first discovered their passion for research when they were students. This celebration is to recognize those beginnings too, and for the mentors who cultivate countless bright minds.
Undergraduate research opportunities cultivate future generations of passionate and innovative researchers. I look forward to your participation in the upcoming Psi Chi URW celebration!
John E. Edlund, PhD
Psi Chi Research Director
Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)