Mentored research experiences with nationally known scholars advance our knowledge of human behavior and help our students develop research and analysis skills.

Every year approximately 60 undergraduate students work with faculty mentors on research projects. Many present their work at UMKC, and some have even presented their findings overseas.

Students in PSYCH 490/491 work independently under the supervision of a research mentor and participate as research assistants on research projects. These courses can be taken for one to three credit hours during the 16-week semester. Generally, students are expected to work three hours per week for each credit in which they are enrolled.

  • PSYCH 490 students work with a faculty mentor in one of the research laboratories or on a field-based project.
  • PSYCH 491 students work on research projects at one of our community partner sites such as Children’s Mercy Hospital and KU Medical Center. They are directly supervised by  Ph.D- or M.D.-level researchers at those locations.

Students who participate in a faculty research project may have the opportunity to present the outcome of their work at local, regional or national conferences. All PSYCH 490/491 students are encouraged to present their projects at the annual UMKC Symposium of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship held each spring.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Psychology 490/491 application (PDF). Include a clear explanation of your research interest in relation to the research mentor’s area of expertise.
  2. Leave your application in the mailbox of the faculty mentor with whom you would like to work. Faculty mentor mailboxes are located on the third floor of Cherry Hall, Room 356.  Or, if you complete the application electronically, you can email it to your prospective faculty mentor.

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The faculty mentor must approve of your enrollment before you can add the course in Pathway.

The Psychology Advising Office sends externship opportunities to the student listserv. Contact the Psychology Advising Office for more information.