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Research Opportunities

Gain Research Experience With Psi Chi

Each year, Psi Chi's Network for International Collaborative Exchange (NICE) conducts a guided, cross-cultural CROWD research project, which students and faculty, both within the United States and internationally, are invited to join. Benefits of participating include a reduced burden of having to solicit large numbers of participants, increased diversity of study samples, accessible materials and protocols for researchers, and a convenient platform for faculty to engage students in the scientific research process.

You are invited to submit a research proposal for Psi Chi's upcoming 201920 CROWD project. The NICE committee will select 13 collaborative research questions, which will be promoted through Psi Chi in order to generate collaboratively collected data from many locations, all using the same research protocol. Proposals are due July 31, 2019. View the full instructions.

Last year's CROWD project was "Understanding Family Dynamics in a Cross-Cultural Sample." The proposal was submitted by Mary Moussa Rogers and Cliff McKinney of Mississippi State University, and focused on determining if the Circumplex Model of family functioning fit across cross-cultural samples. Subsequently, researchers were interested in examining how family functioning predicted various outcomes in children (e.g., risky sexual behavior). Over the course of the year-long data collection process, the project amassed over 20 contributors from seven countries (United States and its territory Guam, Iran, China, Switzerland, Nigeria, Turkey, and England) and 4,000 data points. View last year's proposal.

Contributors are asked to recruit 100 emerging adults and administer a self-report battery. Faculty and students are encouraged to participate because CROWD is a valuable teaching opportunity. CROWD provides access to the preregistration template, and all materials and protocols. As such, students can be taken through the entire scientific method and research process including

  • hypothesis generation,
  • selection of measures,
  • data collection, and
  • the peer-review process.

CROWD is easy to implement in research methods classes given that materials and protocols are available to contributors. Further, all collaborators who collect 100 cases will be eligible for potential manuscript authorship—a great addition to any undergraduate or graduate student’s CV. To become a CROWD contributor and collect data for the 2019–20 project, contact NICE Chair Megan Irgens.

NICE: Connect has partnered with StudySwap, a new website aiming to help initiate collaborations in psychological science. Researchers post brief HAVEs or NEEDs in search of collaborators. Find a project to join or post your own! Include “Psi Chi NICE” at the beginning of your project titles so others will know you are participating through this program.

Volunteer With NICE
The Psi Chi Research Advisory Committee is seeking volunteers (students or faculty) who are interested in joining a network of researchers to collaborate on cross-cultural research projects following a crowdsourcing research model. Visit HERE to indicate which area(s) you are interested in and to submit your contact information.
For more information, contact NICE Chair Megan Irgens or Psi Chi Research Director Dr. John Edlund. This initiative is open to everyone, regardless of whether your school has a Psi Chi chapter.

Research Studies Looking for Collaborators

ManyBabies Consortium
The ManyBabies Consortium is a group of labs interested in studying infant behavior across large samples. We are about to begin our first project, a multisite, preregistered study of the infant-directed speech (IDS) preference. Our multilab approach will allow us to measure the developmental course of the IDS preference and its variation across cultures and languages. To learn more and get involved, please fill out this short form.

The Emerging Adulthood Measured at Multiple Institutions project invites researchers to contribute local samples (80 < N < 150) to an online survey that replicates and extends research questions about Emerging Adulthood. Instructors and their students could use this as course-based research. Contributors will have access to the data upon project completion and will be listed as authors on meta-project manuscript besides other authorship opportunities. Visit the EAMMi2 project page or long invitation.

Crowdsourced Prepublication Independent Replication (PPIR) Project Based in Methods Classes
The Pipeline Project 2 is recruiting graduate and undergraduate methods classes to conduct student replications of unpublished findings volunteered by the original authors. Course instructors and students will receive coauthors on the final project report. If interested, please see HERE.

ManyLabs 5
Many Labs 5 will test pre-data collection peer review as an intervention to improve reproducibility. The project will conduct multiple replications of studies from the Reproducibility Project: Psychology, comparing replication rates of studies that have gone through formal peer review to those that have not. Learn how to join HERE.

Other Research Opportunities

NSF Summer International-REU
Applicants are sought to participate in a cutting-edge research experience in the current mental health of Ukraine. Students will travel to Ukraine for 2 weeks, then spend 8 weeks at Dordt College (IA), where multidisciplinary groups of students will engage in research under the mentorship faculty.

Collaborative Replications and Education Project (CREP)
Contributors of the first five replications from each CREP selected study will be eligible for a CREP Research Award ranging from $300–$500 (sponsored by Psi Chi and the Center for Open Science, COS). To participate, please contact Jon Grahe at

The $1,000,000 Preregistration Challenge
Preregistration increases the credibility of hypothesis testing by confirming in advance what will be analyzed and reported. For the Preregistration Challenge, 1,000 researchers will win $1,000 each for publishing results of preregistered research. Watch the intro video, explore the background information, and click “Begin a Preregistration” to launch the guided tutorial to plan your next study!

Open Stats Lab is a new, free resource for the teaching of introductory statistics. Unlike the data sets that come included with textbooks, which are sometimes simplistic and uninteresting, OSL activities use the actual data sets from published research and allow students to reproduce the latest findings in psychological science.




Share a Research Opportunity

If you would like to advertise a research opportunity (either a resource or a study), please prepare two brief summaries.

The first summary should be around 250 words targeted at the Research Advisory Committee. Please detail your project or resource, who would benefit from it, any associated timelines, and anything else that may be germane.

Also, please prepare a summary with fewer than 50 words meant for inclusion on this Research Opportunities page and distribution via Psi Chi Digest.

E-mail both summaries HERE. Upon receipt, the opportunity will be reviewed by the Research Advisory Committee and either advertised or additional information will be sought.


Megan Irgens
NICE Chair

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