Students present research at a psychology conference

Psychology Research Opportunities

There are many ways for students to get involved with research projects at WSU.

Participate as a Subject

If students wish to serve as participants in research projects, opportunities are posted on a bulletin board outside room 219 in Phelps Hall.

Take a Class

Many classes give some background and experience in research. For example:
  • PSY 308 & 309 allows students to learn basic research skills
  • PSY 408 (Advanced Experimental) allows students to design and carry out an individual research project as part of a course
  • Many other courses (e.g., Neuroscience) have research or laboratory components

Work as a Research Assistant

Many faculty have active research programs and welcome students who are interested in working with them on their research projects.
  • Students can receive independent study credit (PSY 400) for these activities
  • If students are interested in working with a faculty member, they should talk to them during the advising / registration period prior to the semester they wish to work with them
  • Sometimes the answer will be “no” because faculty does not currently have projects or openings, or the criteria to participate has not been completed. But it never hurts to ask

Propose a Study

If students have their own research project or topic they are interested in pursuing, there are a couple of options:
  • Look into taking Advanced Experimental Psychology (PSY 408) and discuss the idea with the instructor
  • Approach a faculty member about sponsoring a student project as an Independent Study (PSY 400). Again, some faculty may not have the time or expertise to take students on and mentor them, but ask