School of Psychology Washington University Program
The Washington University Program at The University of Queensland encourages and supports Psychology majors at Wash U with an opportunity to enrich their education in psychology by studying at UQ.
- Most of the classes at The University of Queensland are listed as 2 units: 2 hours of lecture per week plus 2 hours of lab/discussion.
- The general Washington University policy is to grant 3 units of WU credit for each appropriate and successfully completed 2-unit class at UQ.
- Students in the Psychology Study Abroad Program must enrol in 10 units of UQ courses (successful completion of which will earn 15 WU units).
- Of the 10 UQ units, 6 must be in psychology courses and 4 in non-psychology courses. Of the 4 units of non-psychology courses, at least 2 units must be in an approved course that is directly related to Australia.
- Of the 6 units of psychology courses, 2 of these units are for the required Research Practicum (PSYC3991).
Research Practicum (PSYC3991)
In Research Practicum (PSYC3991), students are provided with hands-on experience in experimental design and implementation. They are made active participants in the ongoing program of a leading researcher, with the latter encouraged to engage in a mentoring role. This puts students in a position to discover what research is really all about.
Students are expected to devote ten hours per week for at least 12 weeks to the various aspects of a small research project. In order to fulfil the educational goals of the program, it is important that students be exposed to a variety of activities. In many cases, it is not appropriate for the students to be directly involved in all aspects of the research process (e.g., in testing or interviewing participants and in conducting data analyses). However, our goal is that they should at least be familiarised with most aspects of the research endeavour. For instance, they may be taken through the procedure, perhaps by serving as a pseudo-participant, as a pseudo-experimenter, and/or having the procedure and its rationale explained to them. A series of readings will be provided by the supervisor in order to familiarise students with the area of research.
Each student should meet with their supervisor at the beginning of the semester to discuss their project. Expectations regarding assessment of the student’s performance should be outlined at the beginning of the semester according to the content on this webpage.
- Students are expected to devote ten hours per week for at least 12 weeks to the various aspects of a small research project. This can include working in the supervisor’s laboratory, attending laboratory meetings, meeting with the supervisor, and reading materials related to the project.
- A requirement of the PSYC3991 Research Practicum is for students to keep a diary of their involvement in their particular research project. Students are expected to keep a log of when they were involved in their project (i.e., days and hours) and exactly what it was they were doing. The supervisor should meet with the student to discuss the reflective log or report for at least one 30-minute session per fortnight. In this way, the supervisor can easily monitor the quality and variety of the student's exposure to research-related activities. The reflective log can include brief summaries and commentaries on background reading and/or library activities. In situations where the student has not met the supervisor’s expectations, a note must be made of how this is to be addressed. The diary is not graded. However, failure to adequately complete the diary will result in a fail being awarded for this course.
- Students also are expected to write a literature review/research report in APA format. This report is to be turned in to the supervisor (who will provide feedback) and both the UQ program co-ordinator and the Wash U program co-ordinator. Details of the report are up to the supervisor and will obviously depend on the nature of the work. For example, if the student is involved primarily in a literature search, then a review paper would be appropriate. If they spend their time running experiments and collecting data, then an empirical paper would be appropriate. (For details of the requirements for the report to be turned in to the Wash U program co-ordinator see the Wash U Psychology Department Undergraduate Website
- The research report is due to the supervisor exactly two weeks before the classes for the semester end (see the UQ Academic Calendar for precise dates for when the First or Second Semester classes end). Supervisors are then expected to provide feedback to the student on these drafts within the next week, and the final draft is to be turned in to the UQ program co-ordinator on the last day of the classes for the semester (and to the Wash U program co-ordinator at the beginning of the next semester back at Wash U). Under exceptional circumstances, supervisors may negotiate an extension with a student, although this should not go beyond an additional week and the UQ program co-ordinator must be informed. It is acceptable for reports to be sent to the program co-ordinators electronically. Failure to adequately complete the report will result in a fail being awarded for this course.
School of Psychology Wash U Mentorship Program
The School of Psychology also offers an informal Mentorship Program for Wash U students in the Psychology Study Abroad Program. The program allows Wash U students to nominate particular faculty in the School with whom they would like to meet. Each student can list their research interests, nominate up to three mentors, and provide a brief biography.
Then the UQ program co-ordinator will put each student in touch with their mentors so they can meet informally, discuss research, and perhaps get involved in some of the projects and events in the School that are directly relevant to the student’s interests.
To enrol in the mentorship program:
The UQ program co-ordinator will provide each faculty member a list of interested Wash U students, and they will contact you to arrange a meeting, coffee, a lab tour, lunch, or whatever is suitable.