The Department of Psychology encourages its students to enrich their academic pursuits through participation in research. Undergraduate students may pursue their interests through independent study, or as a research assistant in a faculty member's lab.

See Tools and Links for important information about conducting research with human or animals participants. Students should review the Ethical Guidelines for conducting research and become familiar with the requirements of the University's Institutional Review Board. Graduate students will find information about thesis and dissertation research, use of the department's College Student Research Participant Pool, and Milner Library Psychology Resources. Questions about research conducted by faculty or students in the department should be addressed to the department's Research Committee.

Research Participants

Occasionally, department faculty or students may contact individuals to solicit participation in research projects. In such cases, the research would have been approved by the University’s Institutional Review Board, and the researcher must clearly identify himself or herself as a faculty member or student in the Department of Psychology.

If you question being contacted by someone requesting your participation in a psychology research project, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Research Ethics and Compliance at (309) 438-2520.

University Research Symposium

The annual University Research Symposium offers Illinois State's students an opportunity to exhibit their research efforts in front of a large audience in a professional setting. Participation in this event provides valuable research experience and makes an excellent addition to any résumé or graduate school application. The University Research Symposium is held during the spring semester.