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RESOURCES: Conducting Research

Become Involved in Research 

All members are encouraged to seek out research opportunities as early as possible in their academic careers. These experiences look great on resumés and CVs for graduate school applications, and enable you to make a lasting difference in psychology. Psi Chi can help you get started:

Join a Collaborative Research Project
Psi Chi hosts research opportunities and shares other projects seeking collaborators in which students and faculty can gain valuable research experiences.

Find a Faculty Sponsor
This webpage shares how to approach a faculty sponsor and includes a list of Psi Chi faculty who might be willing to sponsor your research.

Tools for Your Research

Recruit Online Participants for Your Studies
Submit a link to your online studies, and we’ll help you find participants. Don’t forget to participate in a few studies too!

Psi Chi's Research Measures Database
Psi Chi maintains a database of various websites linking to research measures, tools, and instruments. If you know of additional resources, please contact us at

Receive Financial Support
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. Reviews are specially geared to educate authors about the research and publication process.

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

Why Research Matters

Research involvement helps students apply classroom lessons by formulating real hypotheses; ensuring ethical research practices; and collecting, interpreting, and organizing data. 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

Undergraduate Researchers Will Save Psychological Science

Psi Chi Statement Regarding Ethics in Research 

Conquering APA Style: Advice From the Experts

How to Make the Most Out of Research Experiences

What the Student Researcher Needs to Know About Research Ethics

Demographic Questions: Guidance to Improve Descriptions of Research Samples

Best Practices in Contemporary Null Hypothesis Testing

A Guide to Publishing in a Peer-Reviewed Journal

View additional articles about "Promotion of Research" and "Ethics."


What Does 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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