Autumn Quarter 2021

Completing Honors in Psychology
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6:00 pm via Zoom; Register here!

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; Register here!

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; Register here!

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 | Register Here

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 | Register Here

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;  Register here!

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; Register here!

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; Register here!

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.

Winter Quarter 2022

Honors and Earl R. Franklin Fellowship Info Session 
Open to all years

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 experience and provide advice.

Summer Plans: Internships and Opportunities 
Open to all years

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.

Taking the Next Step
Open to first year students

Attention all 1st year students!  This virtual conference-style event allows you to interact with and hear advice from College alumni across 25 different industries.  Participants include alumni working as behavioral scientists at Google and the RAND Corporation, counseling psychologists, clinical psychologists, behavior therapists, licensed clinical social workers, researchers, graduate students, music therapists, and more!

You’ll get the chance to attend two industry-specific panels to hear alumni talk about their career experiences and connect with two alumni in an industry of interest to you during small group networking breakouts. Don’t miss out on one of the hallmark events of every UChicago student’s 1st year and sign up today!  If you have any questions about the event or registration, please email

NIMH / NIH Virtual Info Session

Open to all years

Interested in learning more about opportunities that are available for you in the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) / NIH (National Institutes of Health) Intramural Research Program (IRP)? Join us for a virtual information session to learn about:

  • The NIH Summer, Postbaccalaureate, Graduate Partnerships, Postdoctoral and Clinical Fellowship Programs
  • The exciting research being done in the NIMH IRP Laboratories

Workshop: Proposal Writing for Fellowships and Grants
Date and Time 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, PRISM grants, or external programs.

UC Psychology Club (UC PSYCH) RSO

Spring Quarter 2022

Mini Lab Night

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.

Beyond Academia: Career Panel

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 to clinical positions and the public sector, 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

Honors Day is a poster session 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. This year, Honors Day will be held remotely with live presentations of research posters. Posters will be available to view prior to the event.