At UC Berkeley, undergraduates thrive when they creatively blend academic coursework with a wide range of co-curricular opportunities to immerse in their passions and discover their purpose. Within the Psychology department, there are many options worth exploring to allow students to gain a deeper understanding of a topic they may be fascinated with or want to explore.
Research refers to the process of conducting studies into different aspects of a determined subject, with the aim of developing a more in-depth knowledge of the topic and/or search for possible solutions or answers to determined issues. You do not need to be an expert in the topic that you are passionate about, just motivated enough to look for the right opportunities to enter the research world while at Cal.
Psychology opportunities available to you during your academic journey:
The Psychology Honors Program offers an opportunity for declared students that meet all the requirements to create their own research program with staff mentorship. Students immerse themselves in a special curriculum that culminates with them submitting their thesis. Besides enriching their journey and opening doors for research careers, students can earn the title of ‘Highest Honors’ in their B.A degree.
Research Assistant/Independent Study (Specifically Psych 199)
If selected for a research assistant position, you can earn units for your work. This a great way to explore a career in research and immerse yourself in a Psychology lab.
Research Participation Program (RPP)
If you are interested in participating in different research projects, the Research Participation Program allows qualifying students to take part and answer questions about Psychology. Many Psychology courses require that you participate in RPP as part of your grade, but you are welcome to join RPP studies even if not required for class participation.
Discover campus-wide opportunities:
Office of Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research is a great opportunity to learn and discover all the research resources available to you as an undergrad at Cal. Each program may have different timelines and application requirements, so make sure to check in advance for opportunities you may be interested in. Some of these programs include:
Undergraduate Laboratory at Berkeley (ULAB) - Psychology & Cognitive Science Division
The Psych & CogSci Lab has a vision of offering an experience that benefits all undergraduates in the research community. Experienced researchers can attain leadership roles within this lab setting while facilitating the training and growth of aspiring researchers so that each group is primed for more advanced research opportunities.
Research Experience Pathways in Psychology (REP)
REP provides an early opportunities in research, hands-on experience, and one-on-one mentoring to UC Berkeley underrepresented undergraduate students to increase diversity and inclusion in research and academia.
Discovery Psychology Opportunities to Enrich your Time at UC Berkeley
Psych Student Kristen Wehara at Singapore Psych Student Kuba Piotrowski at France
Besides research, there are other resources that you can utilize to learn, discover, and grow in diverse areas of your academic experience. Below are some of the many resources that you can apply to and continue to expand your knowledge:
Study Abroad as a Psychology Major
The Psychology department encourages its students to add an international dimension to their education by participating in Berkeley Study Abroad (BSA). Exposure to various cultures and diverse human experience prepare students for the complex challenges faced by professionals in the field of Psychology.
Facilitate a DeCal (Psych 198)
DeCals are a great opportunity to discover how much you want to learn and explore a topic while learning in a small group led by student-facilitator, all while earning units toward your degree!
Internships and Field-Study (Psych 197)
Students may volunteer or intern with an organization whose program relates to the discipline of Psychology. Students engaged in an internship may receive either Psychology 197 units, compensation if the agency is willing to do so out of their funds, or both.
Through the Weekly Opportunities, you can learn about research, internships, employment, and course information and how to get into any of them.
Discovery Opportunities Outside of the Psychology Department
In addition to all the previous resources, UC Berkeley offers multiple programs and opportunities to students to provide support, growth, and academic enrichment during their time at Cal. The UC Berkeley Discovery initiative can help you explore and connect with whatever area you may be looking for. Here are just some of the centers on campus that can help you to connect, explore, and immerse yourself in self-discovery during your time at Cal.
Public Service Center
The Public Service Center works with students, faculty, and the community to ensure society’s educational, economic, and social resources are accessible to all.
BEGIN features Berkeley innovation and entrepreneurship resources, opportunities, events, and news to help you connect with the Berkeley ecosystem and take the next step in your entrepreneurial journey.
The LEAD (Leadership, Engagement, Advising, & Development) Center is UC Berkeley’s hub for student involvement, leadership development, and co-curricular advising as they explore their interests and pursue their passions at Cal.
The Career Center works to advance equity and access to career resources for every Cal student, current and recent alumnus. This is a great place to get connected to internships, externships, and other opportunities to prepare for your transition to the career world.
Berkeley Connect is a mentoring program that matches graduate student mentors with a small group of peers who share academic interests.
UC Berkeley offers multiple academic, employment, and course STEM opportunities to students wanting to expand their curriculums and experiences.
Data Science Discovery
The Data Science Discovery Program connects undergraduates with hands-on, team-based opportunities in data research projects at UC Berkeley, government agencies, community groups, and entrepreneurial ventures.
Transfer Student Center
The Transfer Student Center provides services to current Cal transfer students from other colleges and universities with navigating the academic and cultural landscape of one of the top research universities in the world.