Doing research is one of the most exciting and educational aspects of being a psychology student at Bucknell. The following information is designed to help you figure out how to obtain experience in research in the Department of Psychology. Involvement in research as an undergraduate is very important, especially if you want to pursue a career in psychology, and the earlier you start, the more experience you can get.
The best preparation for getting involved in research is to have taken PSYC 100 (General Psychology) and PSYC 215 (Psychological Statistics). PSYC 100 will give you an idea about the range of topics that psychologists investigate, and PSYC 215 will give you some of the technical tools used frequently in research. As a psychology major, you will take two laboratory courses, and these will also equip you with important skills in research methods. However, if you plan to pursue psychology at the graduate level, you are best advised to get involved in research over and above the two lab courses. In some cases, you could start as early as your sophomore year.
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