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What clubs are relevant to the Psychology major, and how can I get involved?

Psychology Student Alliance:  The Psychology Student Alliance (PSA) devotes itself to providing opportunities for our members to follow their interests related to psychology. Our goal is to provide a fun and educational environment in which members may grow as student leaders, develop close friendships with fellow students, and gain priceless experience to prepare you for your future in academia as well as with your career. Our mission statement of “Building Research, Advocacy, Diversity, and Networking” truly captures the essence of this organization.  Throughout the year, P.S.A. will provide our members with opportunities to learn what research is taking place on the Stony Brook campus as well as throughout the world. We have long been concerned with struggling demographics and our role in supporting efforts toward a fairer world. P.S.A. will provide our students with many opportunities throughout the year for advocacy.  P.S.A., formerly “Minorities in Psychology”, has a long history of encouraging diversity, educating our community on this topic, as well as providing an environment in which all students feel comfortable and welcome.  Last, it is our goal to provide our members with networking opportunities. Anyone may join.  For more information please contact us at  stonypsa@gmail.com and be sure to check out our website:  https://you.stonybrook.edu/psychologystudentalliance/.

Advisors:
Dr. Stacey Scott, Social & Health Psychology

psa Psi Chi:   Psi Chi is the National  Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging,  stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the  science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and  women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and  who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of  College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological  Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS). Psi Chi’s  sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for  community and junior colleges.   Psi Chi functions as a federation of chapters  located at 1,000 senior colleges and universities in the USA. The National Office is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

A National Council, composed of psychologists who are Psi Chi members and who are elected by the chapters, guides the affairs of the organization and sets policy with the approval of the chapters.  Psi Chi is restricted to Psychology majors who meet the minimum GPA requirements (3.0 overall and 3.3 in Psychology), who have completed 9 credits in Psychology, and who submit a complete application by the membership deadline.  For more information, see https://you.stonybrook.edu/psichi/ or contact sbupsichi@gmail.com.

Advisor:
Dr. Brady Nelson

Neuroscience Axis:  Our mission is to facilitate interactions between undergraduate students from all disciplines in neuroscience.  We provide extracurricular opportunities for neuroscience education on and off the Stony Brook campus.  We provide professional development opportunities related to neuroscience.  Yearly activities include neuroanatomy night, guidance for getting involved in research, brain awareness week activities in local schools, hosted club and campus wide lectures, electrophysiology night and many other activities.  Anyone interested in neuroscience may join.  For more information, please see  https://www.facebook.com/sbuneuroscienceaxis or https://you.stonybrook.edu/neuroscienceaxis/ or email neuroscienceaxis@gmail.com

Advisors:
Dr. Brenda Anderson – Integrative Neuroscience , Brenda.Anderson@stonybrook.edu  
Dr. Craig Evinger – Neurobiology and Behavior , leslie.evinger@stonybrook.edu

For other clubs and organizations, see https://stonybrook.campuslabs.com/engage/organizations  

How can I get involved in research?

Review the Department website to learn about faculty members’ research. Keep in mind that the number of students who can participate in research with a given faculty member is limited, and a faculty member may not have openings at a particular time. Note that you can earn academic credit for your research involvement such as through PSY 273.  PSY 273 involves working as a Research Assistant with a Professor (sometimes in collaboration with a graduate student in his/her laboratory) in the Psychology Department.  Students must receive approval to work in the laboratory of a Professor in the Psychology Department. PSY 273 is not a course for which students simply sign up. Faculty and graduate students who are recruiting undergraduates to become involved in their research may post announcements around the Department as well as on the Department website (see below) If you see an opportunity of interest, you can contact the investigator to see if they need any more help.   

For RESEARCH COURSES, visit  https://you.stonybrook.edu/psychologyresearch/ 

At this website, you will see the description of PSY 273. To view current opportunities, Click on the link that reads “View current research assistant openings”  

How can I get involved in community service? 

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How do I find an internship? 

Consult with the Internship Office in the Career Center, in Melville Library, W-0550. The Internship Office will provide you with a list of pre-approved psychology internships as well as a list of requirements for obtaining credit. Note that you must have a faculty sponsor within the Psychology Department for the internship. Therefore, if you wish to do an internship, you should start making plans at least one semester in advance, to arrange for a sponsor. If you wish to carry out an internship not on the pre-approved list, you need the permission of both the internship office and Psychology’s Director of Undergraduate Studies (Visit the Undergraduate Psychology Advisors page).

See also:  https://you.stonybrook.edu/psychologyresearch

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