Research Participation Requirement

Empirical research is the cornerstone of psychology. As such, you will be required to earn research participation credits this semester. (Note: Psych 101 courses and 200-level elective courses require different numbers of credits. Your course instructor will inform you of this number as the semester progresses.) To earn credit, you must participate in research studies outside of class time. There will be department research opportunities later in the semester announced via email or sign-up sheets on the bulletin board outside of WEY318. Typically, experimental participation begins mid-semester.

You will receive your research participation credit after completing a study; typically 30 minutes of time is required for one participation credit. You must complete and submit evidence of having completed your research participation requirement one week before the last day of classes.

If you do not wish to participate in research or do not earn enough research credit from the experimental participation, you can complete alternative writing assignments. The number of research participation credits each writing assignment is worth will be communicated later in the term. Writing assignment instructions can be picked up from Nancy Beers in the Psychology main office (WEY307) and must be returned to her with the completed writing assignment. Writing assignments are also due one week before the last day of classes and will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Only passing writing assignments will earn research participation credit. Failure to meet the research participation requirement will result in your final course grade being reduced by one level on the grading scale (e.g., B to B-).