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.
48 students completed an SMP in psychology in AY13-14. Congratulations to them all!
At the end of each year, mentors select particularly outstanding SMPs to be featured in our PsycSMP Showcase. 13-14 Showcase projects were written by Stephania D'Ambrosio, Nicole DeAngeli, Allison Herrington, Michelle Klima, Meshan Lehmann, Heather Pribut, and Ciara Willett.+ VIEW Showcase Project Details
What kinds of research have our SMP students done?
- When Love Hurts: The Development of A Domestic Violence Intervention in the Immigrant Hispanic Community
- Strategic Self-Presentation and Sexuality in Gay, Straight, and Bisexual Online Dating Profiles
- The Effect of Emotion on Memory
- Modeling Impaired Decision Making: Impulsivity and Risk Taking in the Neonatal Ventral Hippocampal Rat Model of Schizophrenia
- Talking to Children about Death and Dying: Communication in Families Facing Pediatric Cancer
Funding a St. Mary's Project in Psychology
As for any coursework, students are expected to bear reasonable costs associated with St. Mary's Projects. The College has determined that it is reasonable for students to be responsible for $200 of the project expenses (based on $100 per 4 credits). College funds are available for additional support. Submission of a budget, approved by the mentor, in excess of $200 serves as an application of support. The department chair and the SMP Coordinator, Angie Draheim, will review all applications and notify students of their awards. The average award is not expected to exceed $200 (though it may be considerably more $ for certain projects). Students who do not anticipate that their project expenses will exceed $200, and are therefore not requesting funds, do not need to submit an itemized budget.
Students requesting funds for their SMPs must prepare a comprehensive budget indicating all anticipated costs associated with the project. Potential categories of expense include travel (e.g. to remote data collection sites), contractual services (e.g. photocopying), supplies, equipment, postage and telephone (more detailed guidelines/suggestions available on Blackboard). The budget must be approved by the mentor and the request form (available via Blackboard) submitted to the SMP Coordinator in late October* (fall493s). Students will have a chance to submit /resubmit budget requests in early March* (first submission date for spring493s); it is better, however, to submit earlier rather than later.
*Current students should refer to their Departmental PsycSMP Syllabus or the online calendar of events for the specific AY due dates and to the SMP Blackboard site for all budget related forms/examples).
Students must maintain accurate records, including receipts, of project expenses. Before students may receive any reimbursement funds from a grant for their project, they must submit a summary of their expenses (using the final expense report form available via Blackboard) and the original receipts to their mentor for review, who will forward them to the SMP coordinator. The SMP coordinator will receive final approval for all reimbursements from the department chair.
Any reasonable expense that is directly related to a St. Mary's Project is, in principle, supportable. Where possible, however, students are encouraged to conduct the project (and the research for it) in ways that do not require outside support.
Funds for conference travel
Travel grants are also available from the Psychology Department for students presenting at professional meetings. To apply for a travel grant, submit a conference intent form (available on Blackboard) to the SMP Coordinator when budget forms are due.
Be aware that there are other ways to obtain funding, such as applying for a Sigma Xi grant for undergraduate research. Please see your mentor for assistance in applying for outside grants.