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The Macalester Psychology Department offers many opportunities for collaborative student-faculty research. Here, Professor Brooke Lea works with research assistants in a study of text processing.

Research is a fundamental aspect of the Psychology Department. All faculty maintain active research programs, and students play a crucial role as collaborators and research assistants.

All Psychology majors conduct their own independent empirical projects through the Directed Research in Psychology course, and some students opt to conduct even more intensive research through our Honors program.

In addition, students can apply for additional research opportunities both on- and off-campus.

If you are interested in participating in research at Macalester, please be sure to look at our research policies and procedures.

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In recent years, more than 35 students have co-authored presentations at national professional meetings and more than 10 students have co-authored publications in top psychology journals.

Alexander Ropes'16(Pella, IA) worked with Professor Steve Guglielmo on studies of morality as the department Parchem Research Fellow during the Fall of 2014.

Emily Sanford '17 (Seattle, WA) was the 2015 Parchem Fellow and did research about animal cognition with Professor Julia Manor during the summer of 2015.

Lydia Craig '16 (Suttons Bay, MI) was accepted to the APA's Summer Science Fellowship.

Jessica Pham '16 (Hanoi, Vietnam) was awarded a summer fellowship at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute in the Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Minnesota.

Faculty member Joan Ostrove's research group presented a poster at the 2015 Midwest Psychological Association conference in Chicago. The poster won an award from Psi Chi, an international honors society in psychology. The group included P.J. Murphy '15 (Chesterland, OH), Leah Beckmann '16 (Sayville, NY), Maddie Kornfeld '16 (Denver, CO), Marium Ibrahim '16 (Karachi, Pakistan) and Elena Torry-Schrag '17 (Forest Grove, OR).

Heather Renetzky '15 (Tarzana, CA) presented a poster at the 2015 Midwest Psychological Association conference in Chicago based on her honors project on guilt and moral compensation.

Shaina Davis '13 (Pala Alto, CA) and Professor Lea worked on a Student-Faculty Summer Research-funded (SFSR) project studying the question, "How do we mentally represent our relationships with people?"

Micah Mumper '13 (Kailua, Hawaii) was the statewide awardee of the Donald G. Paterson Award, given by the Minnesota Psychological Association to the most promising senior in Minnesota Planning a career in psychology He is now a graduate student in cognitive psychology at SUNY Stonybrook.

Professor Kendrick Brown and his research assistants Nkayo Drepaul ’12 (Minneapolis, Minn.), Hannah Johnson ’10 (Two Harbors, Minn.), Jade Johnson ’12 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Carolyn Klingensmith ’10 (New York, N.Y.) presented a poster on their research at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference held in Las Vegas in January 2010.

Faith Kwon ’11 (Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif.) worked with Rachel Lucas-Thompson on a student-faculty summer research collaboration investigating the effects of marital conflict exposure on the physiological and emotional stress responses of adolescents between the ages of 10 and 18.