Undergraduate Programs

Research Related Activities

Undergraduate Research and the Psychology Major.  The requirements for the major in the Department of Psychology involve coursework in the diverse content areas of psychology.  Through completing this coursework, you will gain exposure to the many contributions of researchers in psychology to current understanding of behavior.  To better understand how these understandings have been derived, we urge all students to consider participation in research under the direction of the faculty.  Many students see this as a place to get to know faculty better and to get some hands-on experience with the field to know if it really is the career they want to pursue.

Independent Study (PSY 177, 277, 377, 477).  The Department of Psychology encourages its students to gain as much experience as possible with the how, when, where, and why of Psychological research.  It is therefore suggested that they become actively engaged in the process of research through enrollment in PSY 177, 277, 377, or 477 (Independent Study).  Enrollment in these courses requires the sponsorship of a faculty member in the department.  Students can pick up information about faculty research interests in 100 Psychology Building, and then should approach a faculty member whose interests are compatible with their own.  The signatures of both the faculty sponsor and department chair are required on the Independent Study Permit form which can be picked up in the main office, Room 100 Psychology Building and the form must be completed prior to registration. Note, PSY 177, 277, 377, and 477 are credit/no-credit courses. As a result, the hours taken through these courses do not count toward the required minimum of 36 psychology hours and grades in these courses do not affect students’ overall or psychology GPAs.

Other Activities

Psi Chi.  The purpose of Psi Chi is to advance the science of psychology, and to encourage, stimulate, and maintain the scholarship of the individual member in all fields, particularly psychology.  The requirements for membership are 9 hours of credit completed in psychology, a 3.25 overall grade point average, a 3.25 psychology grade point average, ranking in the top 1/3 of your class and some research experience.  More information can be found on the organization's website.

Nu Rho Psi. The purpose of Nu Rho Psi is to: encourage professional interest and excellence in scholarship, particularly in neuroscience;  award recognition to students who have achieved such excellence in scholarship;  advance the discipline of neuroscience; encourage intellectual and social interaction between students, faculty, and professionals in neuroscience and related fields;  promote career development in neuroscience and related fields;  increase public awareness of neuroscience and its benefits for the individual and society; and encourage service to the community. More information can be found on their website.

Psychology Clinic.  The Department of Psychology operates a mental health clinic as part of its doctoral training program in clinical psychology.  Services are provided to students who may seek help for a wide variety of emotional and interpersonal problems (depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, family conflicts, etc.).  The therapists are advanced graduate students in clinical psychology working under the direct supervision of licensed psychology faculty members.  The therapists offer several types of services including short and long‑term psychotherapy for individuals, groups, couples, and families; psychological evaluation and assessment; and consultation.  All records are confidential.  Telephone and walk‑in appointments are accepted.  Referrals are not required and intake interviews may be arranged at any time during the school year.  There is a small hourly fee for Psychology Clinic services.  The Psychology Clinic office is located in Room 039 Psychology Building.  Hours are 8:00 am ‑5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  The phone number is 529‑2423.

Teaching Related Activities

Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Fellows (DUGTF’s).  The Department of Psychology has opportunities for the most talented and advanced psychology majors interested in the position of DUGTF.  The responsibilities of the DUGTF’s include assisting faculty in various aspects of undergraduate education.  These responsibilities may include tutoring, checking homework assignments, assisting in laboratory sections in lower division courses, helping check schedules and regulations during preregistration.  DUGTF’s will receive independent study credit and may receive financial compensation for grading assignments.  More importantly, students will be officially recognized for having been chosen for this honor, and thus can list participation in the program on job or graduate school applications. DUGTF’s are sponsored by a faculty member.  Applicants should contact the Departmental Program Associate, 513-529-2400, psychology@miamioh.edu.

Center for Psychological Inquiry (CPI). The Center for Psychological Inquiry is located in room 130 Psychology Building and will facilitate student engagement in psychology in a range of ways. The Center is intended to provide students with a focal point for learning about the practice of psychology, as well as provide students with an opportunity to develop a sense of community within the department.

Tutoring.  Students interested in providing tutorial assistance to others should register with the secretary in the Bernard B. Rinella Jr. Learning Assistance Center, 14 Campus Avenue Building.  Tutoring is a responsible job for which students will receive both payment and valuable experience.  Students seeking tutorial assistance should consult with their course instructors.  The course instructors will then examine the register of available tutors, and will make appropriate recommendations.  The actual contract between the tutor and student will be arranged through the Learning Assistance Center.

Undergraduate Awards.  The Patten Prize is named in honor of Everett F. Patten, Chair of the Department of Psychology  from 1943 to 1961.  The Patten Prize is awarded to senior psychology majors who best typify excellence in general academics as well as devotion to and accomplishment within the field of psychology.  This award, accompanied by a cash gift, is officially presented at the University’s Sigma Xi banquet in the spring of each year.

Undergraduate Scholarships.  All Miami University undergraduates are encouraged to apply for Alumni Merit Scholarships.  These scholarships are monetary awards larger than $100 which are made to Miami students in recognition of high personal and academic merit.  Applications should be filed with the Office of Student Financial Aid on or before February 1 of each year.