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The ENERGIZE Psychology Research Initiative helps connect students with meaningful research lab experience during their undergraduate career. We hope to ENERGIZE your interest in scientific psychology. Also, participating Psychology labs are committed to ENERGIZING their research by recruiting lab members who will bring new experiences, backgrounds, and ideas to the research programs. The labs are specifically looking for students who are under-represented in the sciences. This includes:
Why should you consider becoming a member of a lab?
Read about the participating labs by clicking on the 'Participating Labs' tab above. To apply to become a member of an ENERGIZE lab, click on the 'Apply to ENERGIZE' tab and fill out the form.
Important: By submitting this application you consent to provide this information to the Department of Psychology Advising, Faculty, and Graduate Student ENERGIZE mentors
Please note that the lab(s) you have applied to may not be currently recruiting new RAs. Your information will be shared with the lab and you will be contacted when the lab begins recruitment for the following semester
These are the laboratories currently participating in the ENERGIZE program. Each lab has agreed to hold open at least one position for an ENERGIZE student (but that position might already be filled). In addition, the lab has agreed to be flexible in considering student preparation (e.g., GPA, courses taken), hours that a student might commit to the lab, and the times during the day and week that a student is available to work in the lab. Finally, the lab director is committed to some direct contact and mentoring (e.g., in research and the graduate school application process). This mentoring commitment may require that you attend high-level lab meetings.
You can find out more about each lab by clicking on the links to go to the lab websites.
After you have chosen one or more labs, fill out the form on the “Apply” tab. ENERGIZE program staff will try to arrange for you to meet with a student in the lab for an interview, and you may also be interviewed by the lab director. Be sure to prepare for this interview by reading scientific papers produced by the lab (you can find these papers at the lab websites). Be ready to talk about the papers, why you are interested in the lab, what you can contribute, and when you are available.
Conrad, Behavioral Neuroscience Research in Stress, The lab uses rodent models to understand neural mechanisms of depression and anxiety.
The Jenessa Shapiro Undergraduate Research Scholarship
To learn about Professor Shapiro, please click here.
The Department of Psychology is committed to ensuring opportunity in psychology research for undergraduates from groups underrepresented in scientific psychology. Toward this end, the Department created the ENERGIZE program through which students from under-represented groups are paired with potential research laboratories to both energize the student’s interest in scientific psychology and to energize the laboratory’s research by considering new perspectives.
The Jenessa Shapiro Undergraduate Research Scholarship was created with the awareness that ENERGIZE students may face financial challenges that preclude their ability to take advantage of research opportunities. The Scholarship is thus dedicated to supporting annually 1-2 ENERGIZE students with documented financial need and demonstrated potential in psychology research with funding of up to $5000. Funding will allow students financial and time flexibility to devote substantial effort to research endeavors and create a pathway for mentorship relationships with faculty that ultimately support further engagement with the major and profession of psychology. All students who meet the application criteria will receive consideration for the Jenessa Shapiro Undergraduate Research Scholarship without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Application Criteria and Expectations: Students wishing to apply for the Jenessa Shapiro Undergraduate Research Scholarship must meet the following criteria to be considered:
Application and Project Timeline
NOTE: For the Academic Year 20/21 the application process will be adjusted to account for campus disruption due to COVID-19. First, there will be two application deadlines, each for one scholarship. The first deadline will be July 18, 2020, with an award announced by July 30. The second deadline will be September 15, 2020, with an award announced by September 30, 2020. The purpose of the second deadline is to accommodate faculty and students who are new to the ENERGIZE program. Scholarship applications should be sent to the Psychology Advising Office (email@example.com ). Second, the faculty letter of endorsement should include information about how the student’s lab experience may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions.
Receipt of the second payment distribution is contingent upon the Committee’s determination that sufficient effort and progress have been demonstrated.