"Assisting faculty research (with Dr. Glidden, at Project Parenting) and taking on an ambitious SMP demanded a lot of energy and hard work, but proved to be some of the most fulfilling things I did while at SMCM. It's important to give research a try, especially if you're considering graduate studies."
- Joshua Chiapelli '04
Utsav Gyawali '14 received a Sigma Xi Grant of $1,000 in support of his SMP research, "Reversal of Compulsive Cocaine Seeking in Neonatal Ventral Hippocampal Lesion Model of Schizophrenia" (under the mentorship of Dr. Anne Marie Brady). He will present his findings at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C. in November 2014. Utsav was active in research in the Behavioral Neuroscience lab in both his junior and senior years. The grant also helped to cover some findings he presented at the 2013 SFN meeting.
The Psychology Research Fund
Research opportunities are plentiful in the Psychology Department and getting involved in research is a great way for students to gain experience in problem solving techniques and the research process. Students and faculty collaborate on various research projects, with students often becoming involved with ongoing projects in their sophomore or junior years. Often such research leads to conference presentations and/or professional publications.
The Psychology Research Fund was established by (now Emeritus) Professor Roy Hopkins in the early 1990s to support student research efforts in psychology, especially travel to present at conferences (e.g. Annual Meeting of the EPA in March, Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in IDD in March, Posters on the Hill in D.C. in April, L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference at the University of Virginia in April, and the Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Psychology Conference in PA in April).
In order to ensure the continued support of research efforts by SMCM psychology students, please visit https://www.smcm.edu/giveto/donate.html (the College's official and secure site for online giving) and, once you get to the second page, specify the Psychology Research Fund under "other".
The Department thanks you so much!
Applying for support from the Psychology Research Fund
There is a limited amount of money currently available in the fund. Note that grants from this fund typically do not exceed $200. Current SMCM psychology students wishing to apply for support should complete the Research Fund Application Form. Applications should be sent via email to: Angie Draheim at firstname.lastname@example.org.