Winter Quarter 2018

Honors and Earl R. Franklin Fellowship Info Session 
Wednesday, January 3, 5:00 pm, B 101

Sophomores and juniors interested in completing honors in Psychology please attend this informational meeting to learn about the honors program and the Earl R. Franklin Research Fellowship. First year students interested in psychology are of course welcome. Senior honors students and Earl Franklin recipients will be on hand to share their experience and provide advice.

Summer Plans: Internships and Opportunities 
Wednesday, January 10, 5:00 pm, B 101

This program invites students to share information on summer activities and programs they have been involved in, 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.

An Insider's View: Graduate Students on Grad School 
Wednesday, February 7, 5:30 pm, B 101

What is grad school like? How does it differ from college? What do graduate students wish they had known before they started their graduate training? We’ve invited graduate students from a variety of different types of graduate training programs to talk about their experiences as grad students. What should you expect in a basic science PhD program? How does it differ from a Clinical PhD, PsyD, or MA program? Whether you applied to graduate school this year or have just started thinking about it, come and hear what your future holds! And have a piece of pizza.

Workshop: Proposal Writing for Fellowships and Grants
Wednesday, February 21, 5:00 pm, B 101

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, PRISM grants, or external programs.

Psi Chi Psychology Club RSO
Mondays at 6 pm in REG 402

Spring Quarter 2018

Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS)

Field trip for students presenting posters or talks or simply wanting to attend the conference. Stay tuned for organizational email.

Honors Day Symposium
Thursday, May 17, 4:00 pm, B101

Poster session and reception for honors students to present their 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.

Graduate Programs Panel

Why might you want to go to graduate school? What kinds of programs are there and how do you decide which kind is right for you? What should you be doing now to prepare for applying in a year or two? Our panel of faculty from graduate programs in Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Neuroscience, Social Work, and Business will discuss training programs, careers in their fields, and their own career trajectories. A light dinner will be provided.

Autumn Quarter 2017

URIP Workshop: Applying to Graduate School
Tuesday, September 26, 5:00 pm, G 104

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.

URIP Workshop: Writing a Statement of Purpose
Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 pm, B 101

A hands-on writing workshop to help students preparing personal statements for their graduate school applications.

Reception and Orientation to the Psychology Major
Monday, Oct. 2, 6:00 pm, B101

If you are interested in psychology, stop by the Psychology Department for an informal orientation to the major. Find out more about the field of psychology, our undergraduate program, getting involved in research, graduating with honors, double majors, specialized programs of study, Psi Chi (our UG Psychology RSO), etc. There will be plenty of time for students to catch up over refreshments, ask questions, and meet the director of the UG Research Initiative (Anne Henly) and this year’s PRISM preceptor (Marjorie Schaeffer). 

Senior Honors Meeting
Wednesday, October 4, 12:30 pm, G104

Seniors planning on graduating with honors should attend this informational session 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. RSVP for this event by sending an email to

Getting Involved in Research: Lab Night 
Thursday, October 5, 6:30 pm, McCormick Lounge, Reynolds Club

Whatever your career interests may be, 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.

Clinical Psychology and Mental Health Workshop: Preparing for a Career in Mental Health
Wednesday, October 11, 6:00 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?

Psi Chi Psychology Club RSO
Mondays at 6 pm in REG 402