"Assisting faculty research (with Dr. Glidden, at Project Parenting) and taking on an ambitious SMP demanded a lot of energy and hard work, but proved to be some of the most fulfilling things I did while at SMCM. It's important to give research a try, especially if you're considering graduate studies."
- Joshua Chiapelli '04
Utsav Gyawali '14 received a Sigma Xi Grant of $1,000 in support of his SMP research, "Reversal of Compulsive Cocaine Seeking in Neonatal Ventral Hippocampal Lesion Model of Schizophrenia" (under the mentorship of Dr. Anne Marie Brady). He will present his findings at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C. in November 2014. Utsav was active in research in the Behavioral Neuroscience lab in both his junior and senior years. The grant also helped to cover some findings he presented at the 2013 SFN meeting.
Research opportunities are plentiful in the Psychology Department and getting involved in research is a great way to gain experience in problem solving techniques and the research process. Introduction to Psychology students have the option of participating in research in order to fulfill the Introduction to Psychology Research Requirement and some students have the opportunity to earn extra credit for courses by participating in research. For more details see the Research Participant Pool Information.
Research can lead to conference presentations and professional publications. Faculty members have a wide range of research interests in both human and animal behavior. Students and faculty collaborate on research projects, with students often becoming involved with ongoing projects in their sophomore or junior years.
More independent research occurs in their junior and senior years with opportunities both on- and off- campus. Off-campus experiences involve internships with local agencies. Students have also participated in directed research in The Gambia. On-campus experiences include volunteering (or taking directed research credits) on an ongoing research project, being employed as a research assistant, and conducting a St. Mary's Project.
If you are interested in collaborating with a faculty member on a research project, please see your advisor or a faculty member with similar interests as your own!
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