Research Participation

As an undergraduate psychology student, it’s possible to get hands on experience with a working academic in the school of Psychology. Doing research experience allows you to ‘stand out from the crowd’ and build skills and foster relationships with academics outside of the lecture theatre.


In the past, the PSA has offered a research internship program, but the decision has been made to discontinue this program. The idea is that students are better off pursuing research experience on their own accord. This gives you a direct line of communication and enables you to pursue experience that is related to your interests.


How to do it:


  1. Find a researcher whose work interests you. This is crucial. Academics can smell disinterest and students who are just trying to ‘make connections’.  Here is the link to a list of current UQ Psychology academics.


  1. Familiarise yourself with their work and think about how it relates to your personal interests. You can find a list of their published papers under ‘publications’ in their profile.


  1. Make contact. Send an email introducing yourself or talk to them face to face if they are your lecturer. Let them know what interests you about their research, your own interests in the field, and set up a meeting to discuss these interests and any possibility of volunteering as a research assistant. Be concise: academics receive massive amounts of emails.


For second-year students the school also offers PSYC2991 & PSYC2992, which are research experience subjects and worth 1 credit each (core and elective courses are worth 2).


If you would like to discuss this process or you are having trouble finding a researcher or writing the email, feel free to email or speak to Guy or Joel (emails and office hours below), who are both honours students and very happy to help.


Guy:, office hours 12-2 Wednesdays room 24A-205 (PSA Office in the Psychology building)

Joel:, office hours 11-12 Thursday room 24A-205