Research for Course Credit
Supervised Research (PSY 509)
Supervised research involves conducting research under the direct mentorship of a faculty member. Projects are typically conducted in the faculty’s primary area of research and students collaborate with the faculty member to develop a unique research experience. Students can enroll in PSY 509 for either two or four credits per semester. The specific tasks the student must complete to receive PSY 509 credit for his/her specific project will be decided by the student and supervising faculty member. To learn more, check out the PSY 509 Supervised Research Guidelines
. To sign up for the course, complete the Individualized Instruction Form
and the PSY 509 Supervised Research Contract
with your supervising faculty member.
Thesis (PSY 510)
Students who wish to conduct an independent research project may complete a thesis for their capstone experience. The thesis requires students to complete all phases of the research process under the supervision of a faculty member. Unlike the PSY 509 course, the thesis process is student-driven. Students should expect the process to take an entire year to complete. For more information, take a look at the PSY 510 Thesis Guidelines.
Each summer, about 20 psychology students conduct research projects on Furman’s campus under the guidance of a faculty member. Other students complete off-campus research during the summer. Former students have conducted research in labs at Duke, Emory, and Harvard; others have gone abroad and worked at institutions such as Ryerson (Toronto, Canada), Cambridge (U.K.), and Uppsala (Sweden)! We encourage students to apply for a Furman Advantage Fellowship to support their research no matter whether it’s on or off campus. Furman Advantage is one of the few programs in the United States that directly funds student research and internships each summer, providing competitive fellowships for students who would otherwise receive little or no payment for their work. Applications for Furman Advantage funding are typically due at the end of January for on-campus research and at the end of February for off-campus opportunities. For additional information and forms, visit the Furman Advantage Program page.
Some students choose to see what research is all about by volunteering in a lab during the semester. If you are interested in volunteering, talk to a faculty member!