As a psychology major, you are encouraged to take advantage of beyond the classroom opportunities. You may choose to participate in special projects within the major, such as directed research, internships, cross-disciplinary study programs; or to take courses in related areas, such as educational studies, sociology, or biology.
Independent research opportunities are available both on and off campus, in conjunction with the college or with local agencies. You can also help your fellow students with their research projects by participating in their studies. The Department of Psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland has an active research participant pool website for those who are interested. Here, psychology students can earn course credit, extra credit, or enter raffles to win prizes as well. Students planning research projects can also use the website to find participants.
Internships are a great way to add to your graduate school application, some even require them of their applicants.
“Research experience and internships are key for being successful post-graduation, no matter what field of psychology you are interested in.” – Colleen Hughes ’13, postdoctoral researcher at The Montreal Neurological Institute
“Take advantage of the opportunity to do a research SMP! Working with Dr. Bailey wasn’t only a lot of fun but it helped ensure my success in completing my thesis in grad school- I had such a wonderful background in research from SMCM!” – Kimmie Konka ’10, senior clinical research coordinator at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia