Autumn Quarter 2023

Completing Honors in Psychology

Thursday, September 28, 6:00 pm, Beecher 101
All students interested in honors are welcome to attend this informational session but it is especially important for seniors planning on graduating with honors this year. To make sure you understand the process for completing the honors program in Psychology, we will go over what to expect from your research advisor and graduate student mentors involved, what your responsibilities are, and how to manage your project to be sure your thesis will be approved in time. Essentially, you will learn what you should be doing, when you should be doing it, and how to get it done.

Orientation to the Psychology Major
Monday, October 2, 6:00 pm in Stuart 105

If you are interested in psychology, attend our welcome reception and orientation to the major. Find out more about the field of psychology, our undergraduate program, getting involved in research, graduating with honors, double majors, our UG Psychology RSO, and plans for our new Collegiate Psychology Fellows program. There will be plenty of time for students to ask questions and meet the director of UG Studies, Anne Henly, and this year’s Psychology preceptor, Emily Silver.

Lab Night: Getting Involved in Research
Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 pm, Cox Lounge in Stuart Hall
Whatever your career interests, research experience is an invaluable way to strengthen your psychology education. Lab night is an annual fall quarter event to help match students looking to acquire research experience with research labs looking for assistants. Researchers from a wide variety of psychology-related labs across the university will be present to describe the research projects in their labs and the types of opportunities available to undergraduates. Representatives of labs in Psychology, Neurobiology, Psychiatry, Economics, Booth School of Business, Crown School of Social Work, and others will be present. Even if you aren't ready to start looking for a research position yet, come and learn about the many different kinds of psychology-related projects going on. 
Help us plan for refreshments by registering here but feel free to attend even if you didn’t register.

URIP Workshop: Applying to Graduate School
Thursday, October 5, Beecher 101

This workshop is especially important for students currently in the process of applying to graduate school but will be useful for any student who thinks they may eventually go to graduate school. We will discuss the admissions process and what admissions committees look for in applicants, as well as what you should look for in choosing programs to apply to. We'll share advice on contacting faculty in graduate programs, preparing personal statements, approaching letter writers, etc. Students considering applying for graduate school in future years are welcome to attend; learn what you should be doing now in order to be ready to apply in the future.
Help us plan for refreshments by registering here but feel free to attend even if you didn’t register:

Social Sciences Open House: Explore Undergraduate Programs

Wednesday, October 11, 1:00 - 3:00 pm on the Social Sciences Quadrangle

The Social Sciences Division is hosting a division wide Open House for all majors and minors offered in the Social Sciences.

URIP Workshop: Writing a Statement of Purpose
TBA with interested students
Hands-on writing workshop to help students currently preparing personal statements and CVs for their graduate school applications. If interested, please email Prof. O'Doherty,, to find a time convenient for all.

Putting Psychological Science to Work:  Changing Behavior and Policy
Monday, October 16, 6:30 pm, Social Sciences 122
Jordana Composto, a PhD Candidate in Psychology and Social Policy at Princeton University, will give a talk on practical implications for those who work on and volunteer their time for climate action. This talk is part of an ongoing free speaker series put on by 350 Chicago, a local grassroots environmental organization.

Undergraduate career path discussion with Catherine Hartley, Grabosky Lecturer
Friday, October 27, 11:30am - 12:15 pm
Catherine Hartley, Associate Professor in Psychology and Neural Science at New York University, will host an undergraduate career path discussion.  Register for lunch by Monday, October 23.  Dr. Hartley will give the Marylyn C. Grabosky Lecture in Psychology and Neuroscience on Thursday, October 26, 3:30 pm, "Causes and Consequences of Exploration Across Development."

Preparing for a Career in Mental Health
Tuesday, October 31, 6 PM, Beecher 101
Join the discussion in this quarterly workshop for students interested in clinical psychology or other mental health professions. This quarter we will discuss how to structure your undergraduate courses and activities for a future career in mental health. What is the right major? Do I need research experience? How do I get hands-on clinical experience? Why are there no clinical courses offered in psychology? What courses should I take?
Help us plan for refreshments by registering here but feel free to attend even if you didn’t register.

URIP Workshop: Research Roundtable
Tuesday, November 14, 6:00 PM, Beecher 101
Are you involved in research? Dozens of students are working in psychology-related research labs on campus doing everything from designing stimuli, programming experiments and running subjects to helping code video and analyze data. Join your fellow students to compare  notes, ask questions, and find out about others' research experiences.
Help us plan for refreshments by registering here but feel free to attend even if you didn’t register. https://formsgle/MKXyr9Q4eu3HKhC28

UC Psychology Club (UC PSYCH) RSO
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UC Psych’s weekly meetings will give students a chance to meet with other undergraduate students who are interested in psychology, regardless of whether or not they are majoring in it. At these meetings, members will take turns leading discussions about areas of psychology they are interested in, collaborate on a biannual UC Psych journal, and also get a chance to talk to upperclassmen about their experiences with classes and the major.

Winter Quarter 2024

Info Session:  Honors in Psychology & the Earl Franklin Fellowship        
Date TBA
Students interested in completing honors in Psychology and/or applying for the Earl R. Franklin Research Fellowship should attend this meeting. The director of UG Studies in Psychology will discuss the benefits of these programs and how to apply, and senior honors students and Earl Franklin recipients will be on hand to share their experiences. Light refreshments provided!

Preparing for Graduate School in Psychology
Date TBA

We aim to provide structured guidance for students who are considering applying to Psychology PhD programs in general and our Psychology PhD program in particular. We will offer insights into attributes of competitive applications, including advice on how to research and craft a successful candidate statement and communicate your valuable “hard” and “soft” skills. We will also discuss how to apply for reseach assistant positions.  Finally, the webinar will include a panel discussion with current PhD students, who can provide some first-person thoughts on transitioning to a PhD program. There will also be time set aside for Q&A.

Psychology as a Pre-Health Major:  Med School and Beyond
Date TBA

Speak with members of the Psychology Department along with the UChicago Careers in Health advising team to learn more about the relevance of a psychology major to careers in health and medicine. How does psychology connect to health professions, and why is learning about psychology so important to becoming a health professional? How well do psychology majors fare in applying to medical school, and what are some of the curricular and co-curricular choices that psychology majors can make to help prepare for a career in a health profession?

Getting Experience in the Mental Health Field: Post-BA Options
Date TBA

We’ve invited several recent alumni who are working in a variety of mental health-related fields to talk about their post-BA positions—what they do, how they found and obtained their positions, how the experience has informed their interests and career plans, and the relevance of their undergraduate training in psychology. Please join us to hear more about their experiences!

Health Careers Forum (sponsored by the Career Advancement Office)
Date TBA

Career Advancement will host 3 back-to-back panel discussions of the following topic areas with networking opportunities between panels. 

  • Society and Health: An Academic Perspective
    Sponsored by the Health and Society Minor Program
  • Serving Individuals: 1:1 Practice
  • Applications at Scale: Industry/Government Agencies

URIP Workshop: Proposal Writing for Fellowships and Grants
Date TBA

This workshop is targeted at students currently in the process of writing research or project proposals for applications to summer programs such as the Earl R. Franklin Fellowships, QUAD grants, or external programs.  Anyone who just wants to learn more about the summer grant writing process is also welcome to join! We will cover internal and external grant opportunities available to current students.

UC Psych UG RSO!  semi-weekly meetings

Spring Quarter 2024

Spring Lab Night: Getting Involved in Research

Are you looking for a summer research position in a psychology-related lab? If so, it is not too late! Please join us to hear from labs looking for research assistants over the summer months. Representatives from a variety of labs will talk about the projects and positions (including paid and part-time opportunities) they have available. Food (with gluten-free and vegetarian options) will be provided.

Diversity in Children's Media: Why It Matters
Why is it important for media programming to reflect diversity? Does the diversity of characters in children’s media affect kids’ attitudes and development? What factors (e.g., emotional outcomes, identity formation, social attitudes) should we consider when studying the effects of media “representation” on viewers? Join your fellow students in a discussion of these issues. We’ll watch clips of children's television shows and discuss how diversity in television programs might affect the viewers. Light dinner will be served.

Honors Day Symposium
Thursday, May 2, 3:30 pm

The Honors Day Symposium is a poster session for honors students to present their honors research projects and celebrate their accomplishments with department members as well as friends and family. All department members — majors, grad students, post-docs, and faculty — are invited to attend. This year, Honors Day will be held in person with live presentations of research posters.

UC Psych UG RSO!  semi-weekly meetings