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Experiential Learning: Research Opportunities

Research opportunities in psychology

Calvin professor conducting researchEvery full-time professor in the psychology department at Calvin is involved in some form of psychology research. Right now, professors are doing work with Alzheimer's disease, addictions, virtues (e.g. compassion), EEG studies, religious beliefs and child rearing, adolescent alcohol use and the interaction of visual and auditory information, especially in older adults.

Whenever possible, whether through coursework or through paid research fellowships, faculty members involve students in research. This experience is valuable especially if you are planning to do doctoral work in psychology.

McGregor Summer Research Fellowships

A number of psychology majors have been awarded McGregor Summer Research Fellowships in recent years. As a McGregor Summer Research Fellow, you will spend nine weeks doing full-time research with a professor in the psychology department and receive $3200 in compensation for your work.

Learn more about the fellowships and apply for a McGregor Summer Research Fellowship »

Research opportunities in psychology courses

As a psychology major, you will be required to take two basic statistics and research courses (Psychology 255 and 256) that are fundamental to grasping the scientific nature of psychology. If you plan on doing further work in psychology, you are strongly encouraged to take more advanced research courses (330, 333, 335 and 356) in which you will develop your own research project. Students who develop research projects in these courses often present their findings at regional and national conferences.