1) Earn Research or Practicum Hours

Please check this list of possible practicum sites for available opportunities and their respective details. Please contact the psychology department to ensure that you will receive credit when applicable.

2) Join the Psychology Club and Psi Chi

Psychology Club members

All interested students are encouraged to join the Psychology Club.

2014 Psychology Club Officers:
President: Jessica Coker
Vice President: Callie Smithson
Secretary: Chad Armstrong
Treasurer: Lawrence Haddow

Applications for Psi Chi, the national student honors society in psychology, are accepted at the beginning of the fall semester here at FLC. A call for applications will be sent to psychology majors, which will contain information regarding eligibility, where the application is available, where it should be submitted, and the application deadline.

You do not need to be in Psi Chi in order to participate actively in Psychology Club.

2012 Psychology Club members

Fall 2012 Psychology Club Officers
Fall 2011 Psychology Club Officers
2010-2011 Psychology Club Officers
2009-2010 Psychology Club Officers

3) Attend the Rocky Mountain Psychology Conference

If you are interested in presenting a research poster at the Rocky Mountain Psychology Conference, you need to apply by the end of FALL SEMESTER. You can present any research you are doing this semester (or have already completed) in Research Methods, Senior Seminar, Social Psychology, or an independent project. Please let your faculty sponsor (the person who supervised your research) know if you plan to apply so that they can help edit your submission. Submission deadlines are early Januaryand can be made through here. You can simply check off that you will be a member by conference-time (it’s included in the registration fees); and check off either “poster” or “oral presentation” (10-15 minutes) or both under type of submission.

Visit the conference website for more information about this wonderful opportunity to attend a professional psychology conference, meet other psych students and professors, and potentially open doors to grad school. If you want funding for your trip to RMPA, you should apply for an NBS student research/travel grant (see #3 below), which could reimburse 100% of your expenses. If you do not receive an NBS grant, it is likely that you can still get reimbursed for about 30% of your expenses (e.g., registration fee and partial lodging) through the psychology club if you are involved in club activities (see #1 above).

4) Apply for a student research grant

The School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to announce funding for student research projects and scholarly and creative activities. Click here for the guidelines for preparation of proposals including the proposal due dates. Click here for the individual application form, here for the group application form, and here for the proposed budget template. In order for the review committee to fairly assess each application, please prepare a concise and clear description of the project and adhere strictly to the page limits. A detailed, itemized budget that follows Fort Lewis College reimbursement and personnel policies (e.g., mileage and per diem rates) must accompany the application. In addition, proposals must be signed by an appropriate faculty mentor and the relevant department chair or director. We look forward to seeing your applications.

Maureen Brandon, Dean
School of Arts & Sciences
170 Berndt Hall

The deadlines for research projects and professional travel will follow the calendar described below. If there is a different date for a particular year, it will be indicated in red.

Fall term Call for applications First day of classes
  Applications due First Monday in November
  Award notification Third Friday in November
  Award period Late fall semester professional travel; upcoming winter semester research projects and professional travel
Winter term Call for applications First day of classes
  Applications due Monday, March 17
  Award notification Third Friday in April
  Award period Late winter semester professional travel; summer session or upcoming fall semester (as requested in application) research projects or professional travel

5) Be a teaching or research assistant for one of your professors

An excellent to earn course credits while bolstering your resume for graduate school or future employment is to work as an RA or TA for one of your faculty members. Students generally earn either academic credit or work-study money (if you are eligible). For more information on how to be a TA or an RA, check our Special Programs.

6) Submit a paper to Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis is the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges' journal of undergraduate research. If you are interested, talk to your instructor to find out if they recommend submitting your research project for publication in Metamorphosis.