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Tips for Summer Research Opportunities

Professors have information about the summer research opportunities on campus.  They can also advise students on which programs at other institutions offer quality research experiences, and they may have connections with the University or know more about specific professors' research projects.

Tips for Summer Research Opportunities

Use the Internet

  • The National Science Foundation: Every year the NSF sponsors many Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs, approximately five  of which are psychology-related. Search the Social, Behavioral, Economic Research, and Biological Sciences headings.
  • The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University: The CNBC sponsors a highly selective summer research program.
  • Look up colleges and universities to see if they have any research positions open over the summer. Even if the position is not a paid position, it may still be well worth the learning experience.

Don't hesitate to keep in close contact with program directors and make sure the directors know of your continued interest. Keep in mind that you may have to pay for your own travel to the program.