Research Lab Questions

Q: If I am accepted into the program, how do I get assigned to a research lab?

A: Within the program application, you are asked to list faculty members with whom you have interest in working. Information about faculty research interests can be found on the faculty tabs on the Psychology Department’s web page link. Based on availability, we will do our best to place you into one of your top lab choices.


Q: How many hours will I spend in my lab each week?

A: We expect that you will work in the research lab approximately 10 hours each week. This will not only provide you with a rich research experience, but also serve as an example of graduate student life. 


Q: Do I have to conduct my own project in my lab right away?

A: No. Psychological research is a collaborative enterprise and you will join a research team. Students will work under close mentorship and direction when they start their internships. We expect your responsibilities will increase during your time in the program.


Q: Who will I work with in my lab?

A: This will vary from lab to lab. While our labs are directed by full-time faculty, day-to-day supervision may be provided by a graduate student mentor or post-doctoral fellow.


Q: Do I need to work in my lab over the summer?

A: Summer lab work is not a requirement of the program. Any summer research work will be arranged on an individual basis by the post-bac student and hosting lab.