Faculty/Student Research

The psychology faculty encourages students to engage in research activities as part of their academic experience. This recommendation applies to students, independent of their particular interest areas and eventual career aspirations. Speak to your advisor or any psychology faculty about engaging in research activities. The University of Scranton Psychology Department provides at least three avenues for faculty-sponsored student research.  

1. All students may volunteer their time and resources as a research assistant without academic credit.

2. The Faculty/Student Research Program (FSRP) is a university-wide opportunity for all undergraduate students in good academic standing. Although the FSRP program is offered on a non-credit basis, students receive transcript recognition for their participation.  Students need to secure a faculty mentor and should expect to devote seven to eight hours per week on the research activity. Students can enroll in this program through the Office of Research Services.

3. Students may enroll in Undergraduate Research in Psychology (PSYC 493 and 494) which provides students both academic credit and transcript recognition. Students need to secure a faculty mentor and are expected to spend a minimum of three to four hours a week per credit on research activities throughout the semester. Students can take either PSYC 493 or 494 for one to three credits in a semester. Students can apply up to six credits of Undergraduate Research towards their degree. These credits are typically placed in the free elective and cannot be used as elective credits in the major. Prerequisites for Undergraduate Research are: junior or senior standing; PSYC 330; and a B or better in PSYC 330 lecture and the Psychology course most relevant to research topic. You must contact the chair to be enrolled in this course.