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Undergraduate Research

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.

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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,


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.