Psychology 4998 - Undergraduate Research
Want to get involved in undergraduate research and earn course credit towards your major? Explore this page to learn more!
What is Psychology 4998?
- You will be doing hands-on work with professors, graduate students, and other undergraduate students in a research laboratory. This is not a traditional class, and instead credit is given for time spent in the lab.
What are the pre-requisites for Psychology 4998?
- Permission of the instructor. Check out the psychology lab websites for specific requirements for each lab.
Is Psychology 4998 required for the Psychology major?
- It is not required for the Psychology major, but we strongly recommend that students get involved in research (take Psychology 4998), especially if they are interested in pursuing research-based graduate programs (e.g., Ph.D.) in psychology.
When should I take Psychology 4998?
- It is available throughout the year, including summer. However, some projects are only available during certain terms. Students interested in gaining a strong research background should begin taking Psychology 4998 as soon as possible after completing Psychology 1100.
How many credit hours is Psychology 4998?
- Credit hours are variable depending on the nature of the project and the time commitment of students. A maximum of 3 hours of Psychology 4998 can be applied towards the Psychology major. However, students can take additional hours of Psychology 4998 towards their overall general (non-psychology) electives. Typically, students take 2 to 4 credit hours of Psychology 4998 per semester.
How much time will I need to commit to Psychology 4998?
- You are expected to commit approximately 3 hours per week in the lab for every credit hour you earn for Psychology 4998. For example, taking Psychology 4998 for 3 credit hours will mean that you are expected to devote approximately 9 hours per week to the project.
How do I find out about the research projects being offered?
- Check out current psychology labs on this page.
- Listen in class for any announcements about Psychology 4998 and look for any posted flyers in the Psychology Building and Lazenby Hall.
- Visit your professors during Office Hours to talk more extensively about their research (after checking out their lab website) and express an interest in getting involved.
- Attend talks by faculty to learn more about their research (e.g., Psychology Enrichment Program).
Is there anything specific I need to do or say when communicating with the Psychology 4998 contact person?
- YES. Etiquette is very important. Do your homework before you shoot off an e-mail! You should know at least a little about the research the lab does. For instance, check out publications that the faculty member has before contacting the lab.
- DO NOT say…Hey, I’m interested in your project. Do you have any openings? Thanks. Your e-mail will most likely be ignored or at best not responded to quickly.
- DO say something like: Hello, Professor (his/her name): My name is (your name), and I am interested in your project on (name project). What interests me most about your research is (name a few items here you find interesting about this project and explain why you are interested in them). I have read some articles in your research area (cite names of relevant articles you have read on the subject) and so your research investigation really intrigues me. I would like to be able to contribute to your project in any way I can. I am in my (what year). I have taken (discuss coursework that is relevant to the lab, including statistics and research methods). I am hard-working, dependable, responsible, flexible, and willing to work (how many) terms in your lab if selected (if a multiple term commitment is preferred for that particular project). Would you be willing and able to meet with me and discuss your research further? I am available (name specific days and times you are available – give a range). I can be reached at (your phone and e-mail contacts). Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Iam A. Student.
Note: Use the above as a format but not word for word! Use this template as a guide and try to set yourself apart. Bring up your unique experiences and traits that can help you contribute to the lab.
- Often you will be invited for an interview before you are offered a 4998 position. If you are offered a position, you then negotiate your working hours and responsibilities directly with the person offering the position.
- Once you have accepted a 4998 position, you will need to have the instructor (i.e., the faculty member) sign a Course Enrollment Permission Form (you can pick up this form in the Psychology Advising Office or download it from the registrar's website). It’s a good idea to bring this form to the interview with you, just in case! Before asking the faculty member to sign it, fill out: your name, ID #, Sem/Yr, Dept, Course # (4998) # of credit hours, class number (this # is specific to each faculty member and changes each term—ask him/her to give you this #), and instructor (the faculty member). After the faculty member signs the form, bring it to the Psychology Advising Office to be added to the course.
The Buckeye Brain Aging Lab - Dr. Scott Hayes
Cardiopulmonary Behavioral Medicine – Dr. Charles Emery
Clinical Neuroscience – Dr. Ruchika Prakash
Depression Research - Dr. Daniel Strunk
Mood & Personality Studies – Dr. Jennifer Cheavens
Risk and Resilience in the Context of Childhood Cancer – Dr. Cynthia Gerhardt, Nationwide Children's Hospital (for Psych 4998 inquiries, contact post-bac research assistant Jessica Ralph)
Stress & Health – Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser
The Stress and Immunity Cancer Project – Dr. Barbara Andersen
Women's Behavioral Health - Dr. Kristen Carpenter
Cognition (Aging, Disorders, & Development) - Dr. Roger Ratcliff & Dr. Gail McKoon
Cognition in Motion - Dr. Richard Jagacinski
Cognitive Control – Dr. Andrew Leber
Language Perception – Dr. Mark Pitt
Model-Based Cognitive Neuroscience - Dr. Brandon Turner
Neuroeconomics - Dr. Ian Krajbich
Vision & Cognitive Neuroscience – Dr. Julie Golomb
Z-Lab: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience - Dr. Zeynep Saygin
Behavioral Genetics, Cognition, & Learning - Dr. Stephen Petrill
Children and Parents Lab - Dr. Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan
Cognitive Development - Dr. Vladimir Sloutsky
Developmental Language & Cognition – Dr. Laura Wagner
Social Development - Dr. John Gibbs
Z-Lab: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience - Dr. Zeynep Saygin
Attitudes & Persuasion –Dr. Richard Petty
Attitudes & Persuasion - Dr. Duane Wegener
Attitudes & Social Cognition - Dr. Russ Fazio
Cognitive & Affective Influences on Decision Making - Dr. Brittany Shoots-Reinhard
Motivation & Cognitive Science – Dr. Kentaro Fujita
Self & Social Motivation – Dr. Jennifer Crocker
Self, Stereotypes, & Social Norms – Dr. Steven Spencer
Social Affective and Immunology Lab – Dr. Baldwin Way
Social Cognitive Neuroscience – Dr. Dylan Wagner