Summer Research Opportunities


 SPUR Announcement to Potential Undergraduate Applicants


Feb 17, 2016 10:02 AM

Samantha Waldman

We are delighted to announce that applications are now being considered for the 2016 SPSP Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).

SPUR is a full-time, 8-week summer internship program that allows talented, graduate-school-bound undergraduates and recent graduates from under-represented ethnic groups to gain hands-on research experience working closely with a social-personality psychology faculty mentor at the mentor’s university. Applicants ideally should be intending to apply to graduate school in social or personality psychology within one or two years. 

Interested applicants should complete the application materials located on the application website.  As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to identify up to five potential faculty mentors from the list of participating faculty. The list contains a brief description of potential mentors’ research programs to facilitate applicants’ identification of potential mentors.

Applicants who are selected for the internship will receive up to $500 to support travel to and from the mentor’s location, and a summer stipend of $5,000 to support housing and living expenses.

Application materials are due by 3/11/2016.

If you have questions concerning the application process, please

Apply now!

Samantha Waldman | Membership and Awards Coordinator
Society for Personality and Social Psychology |

O: (202) 524-6543 | F: (202) 204-5284

Research Opportunities

Departmental Honors Research. A limited number of majors will engage in honors research under the direction of a faculty member during their senior year. Honors research involves credit for three courses (usually one course credit during the fall and two credits during the spring semester) and culminates in a thesis. The thesis usually involves both a review of the previous literature pertinent to the selected area of inquiry and a report of the methods and results of a study conducted by the student. Any student interested in pursuing honors research in psychology should discuss possible topics with appropriate faculty before preregistration in the second semester of the junior year.

Special Topics. This course is open to qualified students who desire to engage in independent reading on selected topics or conduct research projects. Preference will be given to those students who have done good work in one or more departmental courses beyond the introductory level. A full course or a half course. Open to Juniors and Seniors with consent of the instructor. First and second semesters.

Research Assistantships. Opportunities are available in some laboratories. Consult with individual faculty.  Funding for summer research opportunities may be available through the Amherst College summer SURF program.