Research

UConn psychological sciences students can gain research experience through faculty labs and independent study. These experiences can help you explore career paths and prepare for graduate school. You’ll also build relationships with your peers and professors—and learn more about yourself in the process.


By enrolling in our PSYC 3889. Undergraduate Research course, psychological sciences majors can gain hands-on research experience alongside faculty and graduate students actively engaged in research. Students in this course typically assist faculty members with an established research project.

UConn also offers a variety of programs and awards that support undergraduate researchers. In most cases, students gain funding for their work and are guided by faculty mentors. They also get practice presenting their research through events on campus and at conferences across the country.

Psychological sciences students are strongly encouraged to incorporate research into their academic plan. The sophomore/junior year is a great time to think about getting involved with research on campus.

Finding Research Opportunities

Students are expected to find their own research opportunities. We encourage students interested in research to contact their professors to ask about opportunities as early as possible in their undergraduate careers. They can also find opportunities through the Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Advising Office and the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Earning Course Credit for Research

Psych students interested in participating in research for credit can enroll in PSYC 3889. Undergraduate Research or PSYC 3899 (honors students only) with permission from the instructor.

How to Enroll in PSYC 3889/3899

After securing a research position with a faculty member, students can enroll into PSYC 3889/3899 by taking the following steps:

  1. Before the end of add/drop: Use a permission number for the faculty member's section of PSYC 3889/3899. Coordinate with your faculty member to obtain the permission number.
  2. After add/drop: Complete the Student Enrollment Request Form. Students can list Jessica Groves as the psychological sciences department head for this form.

Funding Opportunities

Undergraduate students engaged in research are encouraged to apply for funding to support their endeavors.

Internal Opportunities

OUR Supply Award

Administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research

OUR Supply Awards fund the consumable supplies students need to complete their research or creative projects. Awards of up to $500 may cover laboratory consumables, art supplies, research participant incentives, and fees for time on shared equipment; this award may not be used for the purchase of durable equipment.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and awards are made until funds are exhausted.

Please note: Students eligible to apply for the PCLB Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Research Grant Program are typically not awarded OUR Supply Awards.

Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience (SHARE) Awards

Administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research

The SHARE program supports undergraduate research projects in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. SHARE is designed especially for students in the earlier stages of their college careers to introduce them to research in their chosen field and develop the skills they will need for further research projects. Student apprentices receive a $1,500 stipend and their faculty mentors receive a $500 professional development stipend.

Applications are accepted in the fall semester; awards are made for the spring semester.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) Awards

Administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research

SURF awards support students engaged in summer research or creative projects under the supervision of a UConn faculty member. The maximum total amount awarded for SURF awards is $4,000 ($3,500 stipend for the student researcher and up to $500 for consumables associated with the project).

Applications are due early in the spring semester; awards are made for the summer.

UConn IDEA Grant

Administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research

UConn IDEA Grants support self-designed individual and small group projects. Grants of $4,000 may fund artistic products, community service initiatives, entrepreneurial ventures, creative endeavors and research projects.

Applications are due in the fall semester for summer funding and in the spring semester for academic year funding.

OUR Travel Award

Administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research

OUR Travel Awards are for students who must travel off-campus to conduct their research (Travel to Conduct Research Awards) or to present at a professional conference (Travel to Present Research Awards). Awards of up to $500 may be used to pay for conference registration, food, travel, parking, and lodging while away from UConn.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and awards are made until funds are exhausted.

External Opportunities

Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grants

Administered by the Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology

Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grants are for members conducting an original research project in psychology or a related field under the supervision of a faculty member. Awards of up to $1,500 may be used to cover equipment, consumable supplies, travel to conduct research, and participant incentives; this award may not be used for travel to present research or salary.

Applications are due on November 1 and February 1, or the closest weekday.

Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowships

Administered by the American Psychological Society

The UGREF from the American Physiological Society is open to full-time undergraduate students who are looking to continue working in the lab of an established investigator. This Fellowship is awarded to up to 6 students and includes a $4,000 stipend, $1,300 experimental biology travel support, and a $300 grant to the research host. Both students and research hosts much be members of the APS in good standing.

Applications are due on February 1st.

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships

Administered by the American Psychological Society

The UGSEF from the American Physiological Society is open to full-time undergraduate students who are looking to begin work in the lab of an established investigator over the summer. This Fellowship is awarded to up to 24 students and includes a $4,000 stipend, $1,300 experimental biology travel support, and a $300 grant to the research host. Research hosts much be members of the APS in good standing.

Applications are due on February 1.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid

Administered by the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research programs is available to undergraduate and graduate students from all areas of science and engineering. Grants are awarded up to $1,000 and are used for travel or purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary for a specific research project. Students are not required to be a member of Sigma Xi, although about 75% of the funds will go to dues paying student members. Students from any country are eligible for these grants.

Applications are due March 15 for fall funding or October 15 for spring funding.

Pivot

Administered by UConn Libraries

Pivot is a UConn run search engine for grant funding opportunities. It allows researchers in the sciences, social sciences and humanities to identify potential funding resources, share opportunities with other researchers, and identify potential collaborators within UConn and at other universities.