Research Teams

What is Research Team?

Research teams make the psychology curriculum at Ithaca College unique, offering students the opportunity to work with a professor and a small group of students in the creation of original research. Research team is unlike any other course. The experience spans three semesters with the same team and provides exposure to opportunities to learn both about the research process and about a field of interest to the student.

Three semesters of research team are required for students in the Psychology BA program and are an option for students in the Applied Psychology BS program. 

Our students regularly present the results of their research at psychology conferences, including the

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Society
  • Eastern Psychological Association
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • New York State Psychological Association
  • National Council for Undergraduate Research
  • Eastern Colleges Science Conference

Students have also won awards for their research work from the

  • Eastern Psychological Association (Psi Chi Regional Research Awards)
  • New York State Psychological Association
  • Eastern Colleges Science Conference

How Do You Sign Up for a Research Team?

In order to be part of most teams, you need to have completed Statistics in Psychology. In addition, you must either have completed Research Methods or be enrolled in it during your first semester on the team. If you have questions about this for a specific team, you should talk to the professor of that team.

In addition to the course prerequisite for Research Team, you also must have the permission of the professor leading the team to enroll. There are numerous research teams, so most students can find a team that fits their interests. To increase the chances that you can get onto the team that most interests you, it is best to begin learning about the options for team during sophomore year. You can find information about each team on the department website. Before registering for your first semester of Team, you MUST meet with each faculty member who leads a team you are interested in joining. You and the professor will discuss what his or her team does, your interests, and the fit between the two. AFTER you have talked with all of the professors whose teams you are interested in joining, you must rank order your preferences for teams in this form. You must rank order every team, even though you won’t meet with every professor. After the deadline for submitting this form, you will get permission to enroll for a team. The department tries to place students into their first choice team, but there is no guarantee you will get that team so you should talk to at least three professors.

Once you have been selected to join a team, you register for it as you would for any class. The course number is PSYC-30200. The section number is the same as the team number; it appears in the description of each team to the left. Judy Smith will provide you with login and password information via e-mail prior to making your selection.


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