What kinds of projects have our SMP students done?

Katie Grein '13 presents her SMP

Check out the database of past PsycSMP abstracts

Prospective PsycSMPs: A past student may have suggested a path for future research that you would like to follow!

Students can visit the College Archives (Calvert 009-ground floor) to read or view past St. Mary's Projects Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (appointments recommended).

Access to a full SMP can depend on how a student completed a release form, but most SMPs can be read or viewed in the College Archives without restriction.

Electronic copies of SMPs are usually provided to faculty and staff upon request, but students are provided electronic copies of SMPs only with the permission of a faculty member.

SMP Spotlight

Christine Kodluboy '13 with her mentor, Dr. Scott Mirabile

42 students completed an SMP in psychology in AY12-13. Congratulations to them all!

At the end of each year, mentors select particularly outstanding SMPs to be featured in our PsycSMP Showcase. 12-13 Showcase projects were written by Katherine Grein, Christine Kodluboy, Lydia Martin, Heather Palacorolla, Liza Sitz, Emma Sullivan, and Abby Vandegrift.


PsycSMP Declaration of Intent

PsycSMP Declaration of Intent forms must be submitted to Angie Draheim, PsycSMP Coordinator (GH125), by the end of the advising period during the semester prior to beginning a SMP in Psychology.

Please Note: Along with your Declaration, you must attach: a more detailed description of your proposed project (approx 250 words).  In this description please include the following:  1) a more detailed explanation of your topic (more than a sentence or two), 2) your rationale for this proposed project (e.g., how you arrived at this idea, your guiding theory, etc.), and 3) an explanation of some existing support (including 2-3 references) for your idea.  Please note- this proposed topic may not end up being your final topic, but it is important that you put some thought into your idea before you begin your SMP.

PsycSMP Faculty Interest Sheets

On the PsycSMP Declaration of Intent form, you'll notice there is a space for you to indicate the number(s) of the Faculty Interest Sheet Topic(s) that may relate to your SMP idea. The sheets are posted here and are available to pick up in hard copy from the Psyc Student Information Center near GH127. Note that faculty members can and have supervised projects outside the topics on the sheets, but projects in the areas listed are ones he or she would be especially interested in mentoring and well qualified to supervise.

Download Faculty Interest Sheets (all sheets are in pdf format)

Other PsycSMP FAQs

How will you be assigned a mentor?

After you turn in your declaration form, the PsycSMP Coordinator will work with the Department Chair to pair you with an appropriate mentor. Based on the information you provide on the D.O.I. and available resources, you will be paired with a mentor on a "best-match" basis. This allows your SMP needs to be met properly (i.e. someone with expertise in clinical counseling would not necessarily be the best match for a neuroscience project).

When will you know who your mentor is?

You will receive notification via e-mail by end of the semester. This will give you a chance to meet with your assigned mentor at least maybe once before semester break to have a preliminary discussion about your ideas and "get to know you".

How do you register for the SMP?

You should register for PSYC493 during the registration period of the semester prior to actually starting your SMP. If the SMP will cause you to have an overload, go ahead and register for that course. The SMP will be added to your schedule when you submit your action plan during the next semester (i.e. you do not need to submit an ADD form). That being said, please note that PSYC493/494 is scheduled for Tuesdays, 12:00-1:50pm. You are expected to keep this time free. Mentors use this time block to meet with students individually or in a group. Also, we occasionally schedule mandatory group meetings and they are held at this time. To register for another course during this time, you must first seek the permission of the department chair and provide a compelling reason (e.g. it is required for your double major or minor).