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Research is important to your academic success! You learn how to work in a lab setting, learn valuable new skills (statistics, coding, etc), make connections with faculty, allows a chance for you to become published/present a poster, and opens a ton of doors for you. Research is vital for going on to graduate school, plus the professor who runs the lab can write you a glowing letter of recommendation!
How do I obtain research?
o Ask professors you know if there’s room in their lab.
o Ask around to see if there are lab openings from other students, TAs, other graduate students, and professors.
o Research the lab you’re trying to join: Go to their website to learn more about the lab and read articles that the professor has written.
o Try to become a part of a lab that interests you; don’t just join any lab.
o Email the professors and include transcript/CV. Write a thoughtful email and explain why you’re a great fit for their lab.
See "Obtaining Research Experience" PDF Below
o You can do the research voluntarily, for directed study credit, and sometimes even for money.
Great Organizations to Join:
The International Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi)
Psi Chi provides great resources for volunteering, hearing about research opportunities, and attending prospective graduate student workshops.
How To Join Psi Chi: Membership Requirements
o Minimum of 3.00 or higher overall GPA and 3.25 Psychology GPA
o Second semester sophomore ranking or higher
o Declared as Psychology major or minor
o Nine or more credits in psychology (PSY)
o $65 Membership Fee - checks made payable to Psi Chi
For more information and application go to:
Psychology Academic Support Services (PASS)
Psychology Mentors that tutor and know a lot of information on graduate school (like research experience and volunteering). It looks great on a CV.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)
For more information go to: http://www.nscs.org/
Active Minds, American Medical Association, AMSA, Pre-Professional Medical Society, Student Michigan Education Association, Student Nurse Association, The Detroit Youth Union, International Society on Infant Studies, Society for Research on Child Development
Curriculum Vitae (CV) Builder:
o List all your awards and accomplishments (including scholarships)
o All the labs you worked in, what the work was based on, and what your responsibilities were. This is the great time to really show what lab skills you have.
o List your publications/posters/ANYTHING with your name on it. Give a quick description of what you found/did.
o Volunteer work: crisis hotlines, HeadStart, Tutoring (Wayne State stresses heavily on research that involves community revitalization of Detroit or working with Detroit’s youth)
o Any other experience you have
o Relevant Classes: statistics, research methods, and any upper level classes you did well in.
For more information on elements to put on CV, see below
Graduate School Tips:
o Talk to faculty!
A lot of the Professors know what the university is looking for in a prospective graduate student; some are even involved in reviewing applicants.
o Talk to graduate students!
They all know what you’re going through, are willing to help, and can give you specific advice.
o Talk to your advisor!
Make sure you’re staying on the right track.
o Ask questions! (About everything and anything)
The more you’re informed, the more you’ll be ready to make an informed decision about graduate school.
o Do your research!
Look into the graduate programs you’re considering to see what they stress (lab experience, volunteer work) and also to see where your GPA/GRE score falls.
o Don’t miss deadlines!
Make sure you turn in applications on time and have your letters of recommendation, your personal statement, CV, and GRE completed in advance.
Applications: most graduate programs start in the fall semester. Make sure you’re checking to see when deadlines are.
Letters of Recommendation: You want a great professional relationship with your professors in order for them to get to know you and write you a STRONG letter of recommendation. Have them write to your commitment, writing ability, and if you work in their lab, how valuable you are as a research assistant.
Personal statement and CV: Don’t sell yourself short! Explain everything that YOU did. Make sure someone reviews both of these before you turn them in; you want to make sure they sound okay.
More information? See powerpoint below
GRE: Start studying at least two semesters before you take the exam, and give yourself enough time to take it (and retake it) before you submit your graduate school application. Yes, it is okay to retake it if you do poorly! For preparation buy GRE prep books or attend a class (such as Kaplan).
Interested in Infant Mental Health? Take:
o PSY 3430: Infant Development
Development of the infant from conception through the toddler years Physical, motor, perceptual, cognitive, language, social and emotional development. Current findings and their implications for parenting, programming and care
o ELE 6090: Introduction to Infant Mental Health Theory and Practice Concepts of infant mental health theory and practice as a developmental framework for the observation, assessment and understanding of infant-parent behaviors and interactions as indicators of strengths and risks in the security of the attachment relationship
Think about Infant Health Duel Title Program:
go to: http://mpsi.wayne.edu/training/infant-health.php
Interested in Child Development? Take:
o PSY 2400: Developmental Psychology
Facts, principles, theories of psychological development throughout the lifespan. Development of intellectual, emotional, perceptual, linguistic, and social behavior. Developmental trends.
o PSY 4310: Psychological Disorders of Children
Points of view, methods of study and research findings regarding psychopathology in children.
o PSY 3440: Psychology of Child Behavior and Development
Developmental processes in childhood; language acquisition, cognitive development, development of peer-peer interactions
o PSY 3480: Parent-Child Interaction Across the Lifespan
Theory and research on interactions between parents and children. Focus on normal developmental concerns, infancy through adulthood: discipline, sibling rivalry, sex-role identification, parental support
Attend Conference Workshops and Colloquium:
go to: http://mpsi.wayne.edu/training/conference-workshops.php?audience_+%26+Students
Think about Undergraduate Training or Graduate training at MPSI:
go to: http://mpsi.wayne.edu/training/programs.php
Merrill Palmer-Skillman Institute
“Works to improve the development, health and well-being of infants, children, youth, and their families across the lifespan, through research, education and outreach.”
go to: http://mpsi.wayne.edu/training/programs.php
More information? SEE: http://mpsi.wayne.edu/
Infant Mental Health Dual Title Program
o “Infant Mental Health (IMH) is a multi-disciplinary field focused on the optimal development of infants and young children within the context of complex emotions and secure and nurturing relationships. IMH specialists work across various settings and disciplines, such as social work, psychology, early childhood education, special education, social policy, nursing, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. ”
o “Students working toward advanced degrees in Social Work, Nursing and Education are eligible, however graduate students in departments that do not offer this degree are welcome to take courses to increase their expertise in Infant Mental Health.”
Organizations to Join:
Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Graduate Student Organization
“The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Graduate Student Organization (MPSI GSO) is for MPSI pre-doctoral trainees and other graduate students affiliated with MPSI. The organization is multidisciplinary. Members share a common interest in research on child development and are contributing towards cutting edge research in child development. Members are also involved in community services directed towards children and families.”
Clinical Psychology Graduate Student Organization (CPGSO)
“The mission of the CPGSO is to facilitate the growth of Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students by keeping up on the diverse and fast growing professional roles of clinical psychologists and trainees. This group aims to enhance professional development, promote friendship, and provide service to the community. ”
Graduate Programs to Consider for Child Development:
*Duel with Infant Mental Health
-Child Clinical Psychology
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (GC/MSN)
*Social Work (MSW/PhD)
Other Graduate Programs: