What it is that we do
Why you might want research experience
Research experience is valuable for students for many reason. First, research is how the "business" of psychology gets done. Anything you have ever read about or discussed in any your psychology classes has its roots in someone's research lab. Collaborating on research projects will give you the opportunity to be a part of the business of psychology. Along these lines, some students have the opportunity to present their research findings at local, regional, national, or even international conferences. Below, Carlie Shepard and Colin Klabisch present their research findings at the 2014 ISU Undergraduate and Graduate Research Symposia.
Second, collaborating on research allows for the practical application of the skills you have developed as a psychology major including critical thinking, research design, data analysis, writing, and presentation skills.
Third, research experience is one the most important skills considered by graduate programs in psychology or other sciences. In addition to demonstrating interest, aptitude, and conscientiousness, collaborating on research with a faculty member will enable them to write a more complete letter of recommendation on your behalf.
If you are interested in collaborating on research in the Perception-Action Lab, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org