Why is research experience is valuable?
- skill development e.g., applying knowledge that you learn in the classroom. See Psychology Majors develop distinctive marketable skills.
- assessing your interest and potential for doing research.
- assessing your educational and career choices. For example:
- might you seek employment where you would conduct research in educational, business, government, industry, or hospital/treatment settings?
- will you pursue further studies? Will it be in psychology or not? Will it be a research oriented program or not? Will it be at the college or university level?
- networking – get better known by faculty members:
- who will be potential supervisors for a Directed Studies course (PSYCH 480-486) or an Honours Thesis projects (PSYCH 499A/B/C).
- for whom a volunteer or part-time research position could lead to a full-time research position for you in the future.
- who could be potential writers of recommendation letters regarding your potential for graduate studies or future employment, worthiness for scholarships for future study, etc.
Tips for obtaining research experience
It is important to cultivate research experience inside and outside the classroom beginning as early as year two. Not only is the research experience itself valuable, but it can help you make connections with faculty members who can later write you good reference letters for jobs or graduate studies.
Last updated April 19, 2017