Research Participation

We believe that students cannot learn about psychological research without opportunities to experience all aspects of the research process from participation to design and analysis. Student volunteers can serve as participants in research studies and may have opportunities to assist faculty with their research. There also are opportunities to present and publish research with department faculty members.

Smith RASmith Participants

Research participation provides an important first-hand view of psychological science. If you are interested in participating, current projects are listed below. PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN EACH PROJECT JUST ONCE.

Focus Group Opportunity

Research Opportunities with Bengson Lab Group

Project 1. Did the T.A. cross the line? Evaluate a student complaint

We are studying gender differences in students' perceptions of undergraduate teaching assistants. This is a particularly important issue because of recent and future changes in the use of upper division undergraduates in these mentoring roles. Our goal is to get a clearer picture of how gender differences influence students' attitudes toward potentially problematic student mentor relationships. We plan to compare male students with female students. The central part of this study requires you to read a brief description of a student complaint and then answer a set of questions about your reactions. 


If you identify as a female CSU student, please go to the internet address below:

Undergraduate Mentor Relationships - Female Students

If you identify as a male CSU student, please go to the internet address below:

Undergraduate Mentor Relationships - Male Students

Thank you for volunteering your time to further our research.

Research Assistant

Many university graduate programs require students to have experience in conducting psychological research, as well as in analyzing data and writing up the results. To find out more about possible research assistant opportunities, students should consult with individual full time faculty members.

Summer Research Internship Opportunities

Many universities offer summer research opportunities. Check out the program at the University of Maryland here:
More information about possible summer research opportunities also is available here: