Department of Psychology at Illinois State University
The Department of Psychology encourages its students' to enrich their academic pursuits through participation in research. Undergraduate students may pursue their interests though independent study or as a research assistant in a faculty member's lab. Under the For Researchers link, there is important information about research with human participants or with animals. Students should review information about 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.
The Faculty Research Interests provides a current list of department faculty research interests. Students should review this list before soliciting a faculty member's assistance with an independent study or research project or if they are considering applying for a research assistantship.
Department faculty maintain a strong commitment to undergraduate instruction and mentoring. Every semester, approximately 100 undergraduate psychology students work with faculty, either on an individual basis or in small teams, on psychological research.
Occasionally, department faculty or students may contact people for research recruitment or participation. In such cases, the research would have been approved by the University’s Institutional Review Board, and the researcher would clearly identify himself or herself as a faculty member or student in the Department of Psychology at Illinois State.
If you question being contacted by someone requesting your participation in a study that was identified with the Department of Psychology, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Research Ethics and Compliance at (309) 438-2520.