Student Research Opportunities


One of the outstanding features of Southeastern's program is that it provides students with an opportunity to do real research under the guidance of our faculty. This is a wonderful learning experience for two reasons: first, it permits faculty and students to get to know one another in a working relationship, and second, it provides students experience in critical thinking, improving skills in ability to define terms, refine questions, search for evidence and draw conclusions that can stand the test of scrutiny and evaluation by others.


All Psychology majors take either Psyc 335 - Research Design and Analysis or Psyc 365 - Advanced Research Design and Analysis. Students in teams work on research that has been designed by the faculty member teaching the course. After this introduction to conducting research students have the skills necessary for the greater involvement in the research process required in Psyc 449 - Individual Research in Psychology. Students with the goal of going on to graduate school in Psychology are strongly encouraged to take Psyc 449 with a faculty member conducting research in an area that is of interest.


In addition, all psychology majors are encouraged to join our departmental research group RIPS (Research Incubator for Psychology Students). The aim of RIPS is to provide students an opportunity to generate research ideas and to work together under the supervision of faculty to design and complete research projects. Psychology major Scout Savoy recently presented a RIPS research project at the annual convention of the Louisiana Psychology Association and was awarded the best undergraduate research poster. Students interested in learning more should email Dr. Varnado at or Dr. Coats at scoats@selu.


Finally, all major are invited to attend our annual end of year celebration of student conducted research we call SPRS (Southeastern's Psychology Research Showcase). This end of the year event is held in April and is a great opportunity to learn about research conducted by psychology students throughout the year. Students are also encouraged to attend the convention of the Louisiana Psychology Association that takes place June of each year.