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Most students are involved in research throughout the course of the Psychology program. All of these research experiences strengthen a student’s graduate school or professional applications.
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Office of Experiential Learning
Undergraduate research is central to Trinity University's values. The Office of Experiential Learning provides a place for students to gain information about internships, community service and service-learning opportunities, beyond the classroom course projects, and undergraduate research opportunities.
As part of the psychology student experience, students are eligible for fellowships through the McNair Scholars Program. Students may also participate in honor societies and often earn awards for their achievements in the department and in our greater world.
Today, cross-cultural understanding is as much a practical necessity as an educational standard. Study abroad is an embodiment of the liberal arts ideals and a sign of the initiative and breadth often looked for by employers.
Psychology students are encouraged to study abroad. Many choose to take courses in psychology while studying abroad and some have even contributed to research while abroad.
Experiential and service-learning initiatives help students grasp the critical thinking skills necessary for a psychology career while gaining real-world experience.
Field Practicum Course
Psychology majors earn course credit and explore clinical settings or off-campus research topics through hands-on field experience. Placements vary and are arranged in consultation with professor Carolyn Becker. Recent placements include the Rape Crisis Center; Juvenile Probation; Child Safe, which provides advocacy for child sexual abuse survivors; the United Way Helpline; American Sunrise, which provides after school educational support to underserved children; San Antonio State Hospital; and a variety of research positions at the Health Science Center.
Some ALE internships focus on psychology-related placements such as at Connections Individual and Family Services, the Battered Women’s shelter, Stone Oak Therapy center and autism sites.
The Psychology Club is a student-led group for any students, majors or non-majors, interested in psychology. Students get together periodically to learn more about psychology and get to know each other and faculty better in informal settings. The club and the department sponsor a fall picnic, a field trip (e.g., the state hospital), dinner out with the faculty, a brown bag interdisciplinary talk, and an end-of-the-year party.
Lecture Series and Events
Trinity’s psychology department hosts an outside speaker each semester.
Student Research Presentations
Students involved in Supervised Research can also present their findings to the department. These are terrific opportunities for students performing research in the department to learn how to present their findings in a professional manner.
Stay up to date with news and events for the department.
Spaces and Facilities
Center for the Sciences and Innovation
Teaching and research labs in the Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI) are hubs for hands-on experiential learning, placing undergraduates at the exciting forefront of interdisciplinary research. Learn more about CSI.
Student Awards and Recognition
Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award
This award is given annually to recognize a senior student who has demonstrated excellence in their study of Psychology.