Faculty within the department of psychology maintain active research programs and students are involved at all levels. Hands on experiences allow students to ask their own research questions, develop hypotheses and design studies to test those hypotheses. Students have choices and ownership of their work. They collaborate with one another and with faculty to improve their ideas. There is a great deal of critical thought involved as the student progresses from idea to implementation to analysis. High expectations coupled with positive support from faculty improve motivation and confidence. The effects of such an experience have been widely studied. ‘Undergraduate researchers learn tolerance for obstacles, how knowledge is constructed, independence, increased self-confidence, and a readiness for more demanding work. These benefits are an advantage in any career path.’ Importantly, these experiences make them better students, thus increasing student persistence and retention. Research conducted by the National office of Psi Chi (Psychology Honorary) also suggests that the independent research experience is the critical factor that sets students apart on graduate school applications.
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is designed to support collaborations between UM-Flint undergraduate students and faculty researchers. UROP allows students to earn paid (or volunteer), hands-on research experiences working along faculty on cutting-edge projects. Additionally, faculty are afforded the opportunity to mentor enthusiastic and talented students.
Arkum Eidelsafy's (BS, 2017) UROP experience involved a collaboration with department chair, Dr. Jeannette Stein. Their work was presented at the annual meetings of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago.
Because of the diverse nature of the research conducted at UM-Flint, undergraduate students at any level and from any academic discipline can participate in UROP. Sign up today!
PEERRS (the Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship) is a web-based tutorial and certification program for all University of Michigan faculty, staff, or students involved in research. PEERRS is designed to improve your knowledge and awareness of responsible research practices. Each module in the tutorial consists of approximately 20-30 web pages of core material, case studies with questions, and pop-ups with additional information to provide greater depth and elaboration. At the end of each module a brief examination is given to test your knowledge in that particular section.
Certification in PEERRS is required to submit eResearch applications, apply for Office of Research funding opportunities, or to participate in UROP.
To access the PEERRS module, please click on the following link: http://my.research.umich.edu/peerrs/ (opens in a new window). Select the module you plan to take and click the "Register" button in My LINC. Click the "Start" button to begin the module.
* Note: To access the modules, you will need your Ann Arbor "Kerberos" password. If you forgot your Kerberos password or need to create one, you can create it through your SIS (click here for instructions) or contact the ITS Helpdesk.