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NSF REU Site: Advancing Psychological Research with Technology

WKU National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program
May 30, 2016 - August 6, 2016

Site Theme: Advancing Psychological Research with Technology

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation

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What is the REU program?

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program provides undergraduate students enrolled in colleges and universities where there are limited research opportunities with a unique opportunity to gain hands-on research experience on a topic related to the program theme, which focuses on the utilization or examination of technology as a means of advancing psychological research. Students will spend 10 weeks (May 30, 2016 - August 6, 2015) working closely with a faculty mentor on research utilizing technological advances in the areas of clinical, cognitive, developmental, educational, industrial/organizational, and/or social psychology. Students will also participate in developmental workshops and activities related to topics such as ethics, research methods, statistics, computer software, and presentation skills. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their findings at a mini research conference to university faculty and staff. See the REU Activities page for more details.

What is the overarching purpose of the program?

This program will provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience while furthering our understanding of human behavior and cognition. All students will be expected to disseminate their research findings at a national or international conference following completion of the program, and students will be strongly encouraged to submit their research findings for publication. Our goal is to have participants develop strong skills as psychological researchers, thereby increasing the likelihood that program participants will pursue graduate degrees and/or careers in psychology.

The theme of the REU site, which is focused on the integration of modern technology into psychological research, will not only allow students to gain exposure to working with cutting-edge technology not available in a number of psychology departments, but to also learn about research topics that are highly relevant to today’s society. As such, the program will provide participants with both a strong set of research skills and a better understanding of modern issues being addressed in the field of psychology.

What are the benefits of participating?

The primary benefit of participating will be gaining hands-on research experience, thereby further developing your skills as a psychological researcher. Other tangible benefits include:

    • A $5,000 stipend (i.e., compensation for 10 40-hour work weeks)
    • Free on-campus housing
    • Reimbursement for travel to/from WKU
    • Financial support for travel to a national or international conference

Am I eligible to participate?

Students meeting the following criteria are eligible to participate: 

    1. Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or a permanent resident of the United States
    2. Must be currently enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate 
      degree, with a graduation date of Fall 2016 or later
      Students who are (a) in the process of transferring from one college or university to another or 
      (b) h
      igh school graduates who have been accepted at an undergraduate institution but who have not yet 
      started their undergraduate study are eligible to participate.
      - Students who have received their bachelor's degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are 
      generally not eligible to participate.
    3. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)

Priority will be given to students who are (a) qualified, first-generation college students, (b) qualified, racial minorities, or 
(c) qualified students with one or more disabilities. However, all students meeting the eligibility requirements are encouraged 
to apply.

Note that students participating in the REU program will not be allowed to take summer classes or hold a part-time job while the
program is in session.

What do I do if I'm interested in this program?

  1. Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements listed above and that you are available from May 30, 2016 through August 6, 2016. Program dates will not be modified for any participant.
  2. Review the Summer 2016 project descriptions to determine which of the projects is most relevant to your interests. Note that you can select a maximum of 2 projects in your application.
  3. Gather all of your application materials. (See the application requirements page for more details.)
  4. Apply to be a program participant! The deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 1, 2016.

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