Research Opportunities

Current Students

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities to become involved in conducting psychological research in our department. While you’ll get experience in research in a number of courses, PSYC 672 and PYSC 691/692 allow students to do research for course credit. Some students have non-credit positions in a psychology lab, sometimes associated with a graduate assistantship.

Marietta College also provides funding to support student research conducted under the guidance of members of our faculty. These include both research and travel grants through the Graduate Council. While every student is required to complete a research thesis (PSYC 691/692), additional research is typically very helpful in finding the student’s niche in psychology, and helps with getting material to present at conferences or publish, which is very important when applying to doctoral programs.

Research for Course Credit

A great way to hone your research skills is to become actively involved through PSYC 672-Practicum in Directed Research. Typically, a student enrolling in this course will choose a faculty member to work with for the project, which can be a student-driven or faculty-driven project. The student taking the course should be significantly involved in the research project, which can be related to the student’s main research thesis project, but should be separate from it.

A requirement of all graduate students in the program is to complete a research thesis. During this research project, students enroll in PSYC 691 and PSYC 692, typically during the first and second semesters of the second year in the program. The project topic should be of the student’s choosing, and is conducted under the mentorship of a thesis committee and thesis chair. The result of the project is a scientific paper with conclusions drawn about original hypotheses, and defended in front of the thesis committee.

Graduate students working with Marietta College faculty members have been authors and co-authors of research papers presented their work at professional psychology conferences, including the annual meetings of the Eastern Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science Annual Meeting, and the Midwestern Psychological Association.

Research Labs

A great way to get involved in research as a grad student is to become part of a research lab. Below are our current active faculty research labs in the Department of Psychology:

Social-Cognition Lab
The Social-Cognition Lab (or So-Cog Lab) is a group of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students interested in research in the domain of social-cognition. Questions about how our beliefs affect us, about unconscious cognition, and more are researched by groups within the lab, The Social-Cognition Lab is headed up by Dr. Mark Sibicky and Dr. Christopher Klein. Graduate students and undergraduate students interested in working in the Social-Cognition Lab should visit the So-Cog Lab Webpage.

Graduate Council Grants

The graduate student grant program is designed to foster a sense of learning and commitment between students and a community of scholars. Grants (typically $500 maximum per student per project) enable students to attend, present or display their projects at state, regional or national conference (s) in an academic field or to defray costs for research.

The Graduate Council reviews all applications. Students presenting at conferences will be prioritized for funding over those simply attending conferences. All interested students are encouraged to apply for funding; however, because funding is limited, some qualified students may receive only partial funding, or no funding at all.

For approved requests, expenses will be reimbursed after the costs are incurred. Students are reminded of the need to retain receipts for reimbursement. Receipts should be submitted to Tina Perdue, Registrar.

Student Application Criteria

  1. In good standing within the graduate program.
  2. Sponsorship by the graduate program.
  3. Open to all graduate Marietta College students wishing to make a presentation or attend a conference in an academic, professional, or interdisciplinary program or requesting support for out-of-pocket research expenses. The presentation should be identical to what a professional in the particular field would give, and should be based on the student’s own work.
  4. The committee will consider grant applications three times during the academic year. Students should submit an electronic copy of the grant application to the Chair of the Graduate Council by one of the three published deadlines (see below) during the academic year.
  5. A group of students co-presenting, or wishing to travel together to attend the same conference should apply individually; all students with whom you are sharing travel costs should be listed below as indicated and all should submit grant requests for the same deadline. Please make an effort to share expenses (transportation, hotel rooms, etc. as appropriate).