Undergraduate Psychology - Seattle Pacific University

Undergraduate Psychology
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Ave. W., Ste. 107
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206-281-2918


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Joining a Research Team and Independent Research


SPU offers two distinct research experiences. To enroll for 2361 or 4970, see the descriptions below, speak with a faculty research advisor, complete the document Undergraduate Research Contract with your faculty research advisor and turn the contract in to Dr. Baine Craft.

Research Experience in Psychology 2361:
Students typically start out as research team members by taking Research Experience in Psychology 2361 credits (1 credit equals three hour per week commitment). Most researchers require that students commit to taking 3 credits and commit to two or more quarters. Research team tasks vary from project to project. Tasks include: library literature reviews, data entry, coding of participant behavior, conducting experiments, data analysis, and more. These valuable experiences are a good resume builder and also give students a window on a potential future career in psychology.

Independent Research 4970:
The Psychology Department at SPU encourages students not only to participate and assist in the research of faculty members, but also to engage in their own independent research projects.

A special course designation (PSY 4970) has been set aside for this purpose. The prerequisites are PSY 1180, PSY 2360 or equivalent, and PSY 3588. In independent research, the student carries out empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member and synthesizes the findings in a written research report. The objective is to apply skills in research methods and data analysis. Course credit is variable up to a maximum of three per term, and it may be repeated for up to nine credits. This opportunity is open to juniors and senior psychology majors.

Independent research is a highly valuable experience for undergraduates. Optimally, the students’ findings will be presented as posters at local or national research conferences in psychology.

For more information on any of these opportunities, please contact faculty directly or the Director of Undergraduate Research, as soon as possible at craftb@spu.edu or 206-281-2182.


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