Psychology Research IMmersion Experience (PRIME)


Summer 2019 Psychology Research IMmersion Experience

Psychology majors are invited to submit an application* to participate in the Psychology Research IMmersion Experience (PRIME). PRIME provides psychology majors with an opportunity to get hands-on experience with psychological research. Students are expected to complete 240 hours of research-related activities (approx. 30 hours per week) between June 3rd- July 31st. This is a paid position with a $2,400 stipend. On-campus housing can also be provided. Students may not take courses or hold a work position that interferes with the required weekly schedule. Preference will be given to Sophomores who have completed a course in Research Methods, but all eligible students are welcome to apply. We also encourage minority persons, financial aid eligible students, first-generation college students, and persons with disabilities to apply.

What is PRIME?

The purpose of the Psychology Research IMmersion Experience (PRIME) is to immerse students in the behavioral sciences by conducting psychological research on the University of Scranton campus.  The program will “prime” undergraduates for graduate education and provide “a prime” opportunity to master critical analysis, writing, and methodological skills at an accelerated rate.  

PRIME participants will receive intensive individual mentoring from their respective faculty supervisors. Faculty will introduce students to the background literature, methods, and analyses relevant to their particular research projects.

Participating Faculty

  • Dr. Nolan’s Social/Conservation Psychology Lab focuses on how social psychological tools and principles can be used to understand and solve social and environmental problems. Her lab offers students training in on-line, lab and field-based settings. Students will be trained to program studies using SurveyMonkey, MediaLab, and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform.
  • Dr. Orr’s Biopsychology Lab focuses on developmental disorders and environmental influences on memory. His lab offers students training in both mouse and human models. Students will have access to a research room with computers, wet lab, and vivarium space.
  • Dr. Warker’s Cognitive Psychology Lab focuses on how and when adults learn auditory and visual sequencing information from recent experiences. Her lab offers students training in behavioral data collection and data processing including how to transcribe, code, and analyze the collected data. Students will also be trained to program experiments in E-prime.

* Please note that you must have a google account to complete the online application.  Those who do not have a google account can complete the prime application and email it to: Dr. Jessica Nolan at