Winter Quarter 2022
Center for Decision Research Coffee Chat
Wednesday, January 12, 12:30 pm, via Zoom; Register Here
Join us for a coffee chat with Rafael Batista, a student in the Behavioral Science program at the Booth School of Business. Prior to his graduate studies, Rafael co-founded the Behavioral Economics team within the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and served as Head of Behavioral Research. He has also worked at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, a research and advisory firm headquartered in East Africa, helping set up the advisory practice and expanding operations into Ethiopia. Through his work, he has advised and collaborated with large, international corporations as well as small tech startups on a variety of topics including health and sanitation, financial services, social policy, agriculture, information technology, and human resources.
Info Session: Honors in Psychology & the Earl Franklin Fellowship
Thursday, January 13, 6:00 pm via Zoom; Register here
Students interested in completing honors in Psychology should attend this informational meeting to learn about the honors program and the Earl R. Franklin Research Fellowship. Senior honors students and Earl Franklin recipients will be on hand to share their experiences.
Summer Plans: Internships and Research Opportunities
Tuesday, January 18, 6:00 pm, via Zoom; Register here
Learn about summer activities, internships, and programs, including educational programs at other universities, community service, business internships, research assistantships, etc. Although we distribute a handout of resources, websites, and common sources of information, the focus is on how to do the legwork to find the right position for you. A representative from Career Advancement will attend to talk about their resources and services.
Careers in Mental Health: An Insider’s View
Clinical Psychology and Mental Health Workshop; Date TBA
Are you interested in a career in the mental health field but unsure which advanced degree option may be the best path for you to pursue? Come and listen to our panel of professionals from a variety of mental health fields such as psychiatry (MD), clinical psychology (PhD or PsyD), clinical social work (MSW), and counseling (LCPC) talk about their career paths and answer questions about their work. Stay tuned for a date and time.
URIP Workshop: Research Round Table
Thursday, February 17, 6:00 pm; Register here
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 and find out about their research experiences. We HOPE by mid-February we can meet in person and get pizza or subs for dinner but if not we will send a Zoom invite.
UC Psych UG RSO! semi-weekly meetings
Spring Quarter 2022
Mini Lab Night
Wednesday, April 14, 6:00 pm
Are you looking for a summer research position in a psychology-related lab? If so, it is not too late! Please join us to learn which labs are looking for research assistants. Lab members will be on hand to talk about the projects and positions they have available.
Destress with Meditation
Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 pm
A representative from UChicago Compassion in Action, will be leading us through a short, guided meditation. Afterwards, we will have a discussion about mindfulness/meditation from a psychological perspective. Hopefully this can be a fun and informational way for you to destress!
Beyond Academia: Career Panel
Monday, May 3, 6:00 pm
What do psychology majors do with their degrees? How can you translate your research skills and knowledge of people’s behavior into a career outside of academia? What kinds of jobs exist and what fields are they in? We have invited panelists working in a wide variety of professions from industry and business (Google and Microsoft) to clinical positions and the public sector (National Opinion Research Center), to talk about their work, their career paths, and opportunities in their fields. Whether you are a first year just starting to think about your major or a fourth year making plans for your future, this event will help you think about options.
Honors Day Symposium
Thursday, May 12, 4:00 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 remotely with live presentations of research posters. Posters will be available to view prior to the event.
Faculty talk with Professor Monica Rosenberg
Thursday, May 26, 5:00 PM
Predicting Attention across Time and Contexts with Functional Brain Connectivity
Professor Rosenberg will be giving a talk about her research on attention and the brain.
UC Psych UG RSO! semi-weekly meetings
Autumn Quarter 2021
Completing Honors in Psychology
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6:00 pm via Zoom
Anyone interested in honors should 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 students 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.
URIP Workshop: Applying to Graduate School
Thursday, September 30, 6:00 pm via Zoom
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.
Orientation to the Psychology Major
Tuesday, October 5, 6:00 pm via Zoom
If you are interested in psychology, attend our virtual 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 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 preceptors, Jake Butts and Tess Fulcher.
Small Group Discussion with Alum Ellie Xu – Clinical Psychology PhD Student, NSF GRFP Award Recipient, and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Postbaccalaureate Fellow
Wednesday, October 6 at 12:30 pm via Zoom
Join us for a discussion with alum Ellie Xu (Psychology and Economics ’19) – Ellie will talk about her research experiences as an undergraduate at UChicago and her Postbaccalaureate IRTA Fellowship with the Section on Mood Dysregulation and Neuroscience (SMDN) at the National Institute of Mental Health. Ellie will also discuss applying to PhD programs in Clinical Psychology (she is currently attending the University of Southern California) and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
While at the University of Chicago, Ellie gained experience with the Infant Learning and Development Laboratory and the Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology Research Unit. Ellie also participated in the Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Join us to hear about Ellie’s career path and recommendations as you explore research and other potential future opportunities of interest!
Law and Behavioral Science: Lunch & Learn with Jonathan Cohen, AB/AM '89, PhD '97
Thursday, October 7 at 12:00 pm in East Lounge -- Ida Noyes Hall
Jonathan Cohen, a triple graduate of UChicago, also holds a law degree from UC Berkeley. Jonathan combines his PhD in behavioral science with his law degree to find creative solutions to assist his law firm clients. Join us for a fascinating session that should appeal to those students interested in law, behavioral science and the JD/PhD path. Jonathan is a partner in the Washington DC office of K&L Gates practicing insurance coverage, risk management, and appellate litigation. Lunch will be served.
Lab Night: Getting Involved in Research
Thursday, October 7, 6:00 pm via Zoom;
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, School of Social Service Administration, 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.
URIP Workshop: Writing a Statement of Purpose
Tuesday, October 26, 6:00 pm via Zoom
Hands-on writing workshop to help students preparing personal statements and CVs for their graduate school applications.
Intro to Library Resources for Psychology
October 13th at 3:30pm via Zoom.
This session will help you find the most recent full text research articles to support your assignments, literature reviews, and your own topics of interest in Psychology. You will also learn how to more effectively search databases beyond Google Scholar, such as PsychINFO and Web of Science, and you will learn how to easily create APA formatted reference lists.
Clinical Psychology and Mental Health Workshop: Preparing for a Career in Mental Health
Thursday, November 11, 6:00 pm via Zoom;
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?
UC Psychology Club (UC PSYCH) RSO
UC Psych’s semi-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 quarterly UC Psych journal, and also get a chance to talk to upperclassmen about their experiences with classes and the major.