Due Friday, 10/20/17: Psi Chi Applications

Join Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology!

Application Instructions

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements:
    • Major or minor in psychology or a psychology-related program
    • Completed at least 3 semesters or equivalent of full-time college coursework (36 credits)
    • Completed at least 9 credits of PSYC courses
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • PSYC GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • 2/3 affirmative vote of those present at a regular meeting of the chapter
  2. Complete the online Psi Chi application (Local Chapter: University of Connecticut) by Friday, October 20th, 11:59PM.
  3. Submit a PDF of your advisement report by Friday, October 20th, 11:59PM.
    1. Log into Student Admin and navigate to your “Student Center”
    2. Click “My Academics”
    3. Click “View my advisement report”
    4. Click the green button labeled “view report as pdf”
    5. Save the file in the following format: LastName_FirstName_PsiChi
    6. Send the email to uconnpsichichapter@gmail.com with “Psi Chi Application” as the subject line

Note: If you are a transfer student with a question about credits within your major, please provide a copy of your unofficial transcript from your previous university/college in order for the executive board to calculate your GPA.

  1. We will notify you of your acceptance status and send further instructions regarding payment for dues after all applications have been reviewed.
  2. Attend the Induction Ceremony, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at 7:00pm.

Please direct any questions or concerns to the president of Psi Chi, Elizabeth Collin at uconnpsichichapter@gmail.com.

M 10/30: Drop Deadline

Courses can be dropped with a W by using the Schedule Revision Request form. Paper copies are available outside the Undergraduate Program Office.

  1. Complete the form, as shown below.
  2. Obtain your advisor’s signature. (If this is second or more drop with W this semester, you will also need the CLAS Dean’s signature from the CLAS Academic Services Center.)
  3. Submit the form to the registrar’s office in the Wilbur Cross Building (or registration services at regional campuses).

Forms are due to the registrar’s office by Monday, October 30, 2017 at 5:00pm. This is also the last day to take a class off Pass/Fail. (The deadline to put a class on Pass/Fail was September 11, 2017.)
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M 10/9: Fall Frontiers Application Deadline

Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Fall Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:00pm-7:00 pm
Wilbur Cross South Reading Room

Any undergraduate student may apply to showcase his or her research project or creative activity.

A brief application to present must be submitted by October 9, 2017.

Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) website for the application and additional information.

McNair Scholorship Opportunity

Apply to be a McNair Scholar!

In addition to 1-on-1 mentoring to navigate your pursuit of undergraduate research and graduate school, being a McNair Scholar provides you with the tools to:

  • Foster strong faculty mentor connections in order to pursue, present, and publish a STEM undergraduate research project conducted during the academic year and summer
  • Travel to research symposia and network with researchers of your field of study
  • Excel on the GRE by providing a free GRE summer course
  • Compile a professional portfolio so you will be competitively considered for your top choice graduate school (M.S. and/or Ph.D.) programs

The application (http://cap.uconn.edu/msp/apply/) is due Monday, October 16, by 4pm, and two letters of recommendation by Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Please review the eligibility guidelines on page 2 before proceeding, and the application checklist (pages 3 & 4).

Do not hesitate to ask any questions via email or stop by the McNair office!

If you intend to apply, please reply with a short message to renee.gilberti@uconn.edu so I can add you to the “expected McNair Scholar applicants” list.

Featured Alumni of the Week

This weeks featured alumni is…

Steve Rumery, Ph.D.

Steve graduated from UConn in 1994 as a Psychology major, specifically interested in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He also graduated from UConn with his Masters in 1997, and his Ph.D. in 2003.

What are you doing now?

On the professional side, I help manage a small global research-based consulting firm (try to say that five times fast). I work with some of the most amazing people, both inside my firm and in the many companies I serve. My work tends to focus on making leaders more effective and employees more excited about their work. On the personal side, I am quite busy helping to support my family, including my wife Cynthia (class of ’95) and my three kids India, Toula and Everett.

How has your UConn degree helped prepare you for what you’re doing now?

My undergraduate degree at UConn really helped to prepare me for graduate school. As an undergraduate, I discovered what I was passionate about (I/O Psychology) and I learned some of the fundamental skills needed to be successful in graduate school.

What do you hope to be doing 5 years from now?

In many ways, doing what I’m doing now. I love helping people and organizations become more effective versions of themselves. If anything, I hope to travel more and step up my volunteer activities.

What was one of your favorite things about UConn?

Meeting my future lovely wife in the Buckley dorm cafeteria. That was pretty cool.

What’s a piece of advice you would give to current students in our program?

I think some students struggle with finding their path. This is normal. It’s important to take the opportunity now to explore what you like and what you are passionate about. It’s been my experience that when you find something you love to do, you can find a way to succeed.


To view past Featured Alumni, click on the “Featured Alumni” tag at the bottom of the page.

Summer 2018: UConn Brain and Behavior in Tel Aviv

Summer in Tel Aviv: Take a Psych course for credit while living in Tel Aviv, Israel!Brain and Bheavior zin Tel Aviv, Israel Info Sheet

UConn Brain and Behavior in Tel Aviv, Israel is a new summer study abroad program that gives students a chance to pursue their studies in Psychology/Cognitive Science/Neuroscience. This 5 week program is led by Dr. Etan Markus (UConn Psychological Sciences) together with colleagues at Tel Aviv University.  Participants will take a UConn class supplemented with a second class focused on regional history and/or culture, as well as, partake in organized activities and tours.

Applications are due by February 20th, 2018

More information can be found on the Education Abroad website.

UConn IDEA Grant Applications

Applications for UConn IDEA Grant summer funding are now open.

The IDEA Grant awards funding of up to $4000 per student to support student-designed projects including:idea-grant-logo

  • Artistic and creative endeavors
  • Entrepreneurial ventures and prototype development
  • Original research projects
  • Service initiatives
  • Other innovative, student-driven projects

Undergraduates in all majors at all campuses can apply. Applications are accepted from individuals and from small groups of students who want to work collaboratively on a project.

Summer Funding Application Deadline: Monday, December 18, 2016. Academic year funding applications will open in February 2018.

Students can also schedule an advising appointment with program coordinator Melissa Berkey through email (Melissa.berkey@uconn.edu) for proposal reviews and to discuss project ideas. Skype and phone appointments are available for students at the regional campuses and those studying abroad.

Click here to learn more about the UConn IDEA Grant program.

For more information, contact: Melissa Berkey at melissa.berkey@uconn.edu

Featured Alumni of the Week

This weeks featured alumni is…

Valerie J. Morganson

Valerie graduated from UConn is 2004 with a BA, double majoring in Psychology and French

What are you doing now? Why did you choose to go into this field? 

I went on to earn my MS in experimental psychology and my doctorate in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology. I’m an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for Applied Psychology at the University of West Florida. I teach courses to undergraduate and graduate students including Research Methods, Industrial Psychology, Advanced Organizational Psychology, and Workforce Diversity. I also conduct research on two major topic areas: (1) multiple role involvement such as work-family and work-school conflict and (2) gender barriers in the workplace. As the director of the Center for Applied Psychology, I do consulting work in the field of I/O and have an administrative role.

How has your UConn degree helped prepare you for what you’re doing now?

At UConn, I went to the career center and took career surveys. That’s where I learned about I/O first. They connected me to Janet Barnes-Farrell. I found community working in her lab and soon connected with several mentors. I began taking classes related to I/O such as Organizational Behavior and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. The content knowledge I gained proved very useful in graduate school. There are great people in the Psych program who genuinely care a great deal about students. I’m not sure this is true of other large schools who have a high research focus.

What was one of your favorite things about UConn?

I loved getting coffee and a bagel in the morning at the library. I can remember the smell of coffee as I strolled into the café area with a bag full of notecards to start a relatively relaxing day of study.

What’s a piece of advice you would give to current students in our program?

My biggest piece of advice is to be an active agent in your career. The career-related self-development activities in which I was involved had a bigger impact than the coursework, e.g., going to the career center, job shadowing, internship, working outside of school (which made me appreciate I/O), talking to professors outside of class, speaking with graduate students, volunteering for research experience, and submitting to a conference.

Undergraduate Research Poster Competition

This competition allows undergraduate students to compete against others from all over the country! The nations best will come to Atlanta to learn, share and grow from the competition.

The competition is part of the 5th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference, October 26-28, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Atlanta Hotel.  Abstracts may be submitted by sophomores, juniors and seniors (as of Fall 2017) from all racial backgrounds and on any topic. Previous accepted abstracts came from the fields of education, energy & environment, STEM, business, sociology, and health to name a few.

Why Should You Participate?

  • ·  If you are interested in pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree, the poster session offers you a great opportunity to meet students and faculty from graduate programs across the country as they view (and potentially judge) your poster
  • ·  Gain experience in presenting scientific papers
  • ·  Develop skills in effective communication for an academic audience

For more information on the conference visit: blackphdnetwork.wildapricot.org/2017conference

TO SUBMIT A POSTER ABSTRACT:  https://blackphdnetwork.submittable.com/submit

UConn Urban Semester Spring 2018

Looking for a unique Study Away experience? Since 1968, the UConn Urban Semester program has offered a semester-long intensive internship and study away opportunity in the City of Hartford. Three and a half days a week Urban Semester students intern in a Hartford-based non-profit or government organization. The program offers a wide variety of internship opportunities to meet the unique academic and career goals of students from diverse majors. UConn grants 9 semester credit hours for the internship (INTD 3590 or possibly internship credits within the major, e.g., PSYC, HDFS, POLS, HIST, etc.).

In addition to the internship, Urban Semester students are enrolled in two 3 credit hour courses. In INTD 3584 (Seminar on Urban Problems) students study the problems faced by cities and how programs and policies seek to address those problems. INTD 3594/W (Urban Semester Field Work Seminar) allows students to explore organizational functioning and how the larger social order impacts the capacity for individual organizations to solve urban problems. Throughout the semester, students link their internship experiences with social science theories.

Hartford is a small city with big cities issues. Its scale allows students to make a significant difference and as the capital of Connecticut, it provides students direct access to local and state policy advocates and policy makers. To provide a complete urban experience, students live together in downtown Hartford [www.templestreettownhouses.com]. Developed specifically for students engaged in internships in the city, the secure units are close to downtown amenities, state and city government offices, and public transportation. Weekends and evenings, Urban Semester students can take advantage of the many arts and entertainment venues in Hartford, including free admission to the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the oldest public art museum in the US.

Additional information about Urban Semester and applications are available on the UConn Education Abroad website:[http://abroad.uconn.edu/program/urban-semester/] and on the Urban and Community Studies website [http://urban.uconn.edu/urban-semester-program/ ].

We would love to talk with you further about the program.  You can visit the Urban and Community Studies office in Storrs Tuesdays, 2-4pm, Montieth #118  or Hartford, Wednesdays 11am-1pm, HTB #502. Or email us at urbansemester@uconn.edu.

For more information, please contact Urban and Community Studies @ urbansemester@uconn.edu