Summer Research

Summer Research Opportunities

Summer Science Fellowship

  • This expenses-paid, intensive summer training program places talented students in the psychology laboratories of some of the most outstanding researchers in the Washington, DC area for approximately 6 weeks.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

  • NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Applications to these programs are handled through the particular REU site. See the website for up-to-date information on which universities will host REU programs this summer.
  • The Center for Cognitive Sciences at the University of Minnesota often hosts an REU program. This program is appropriate for students interested in cognitive science who would like to remain in the Twin Cities for the summer.

Psi Chi The International Honors Society in Psychology

  • Psi Chi sponsors summer research for undergraduates in psychology through a number of different awards.

College funds to support travel to conferences

Summer Research at Macalester

Research Labs

  • Learning Lab
  • Cognition Lab
  • iLab (Eye Tracking Lab)
  • Development Lab
  • Behavioral Neuroscience Lab
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
  • Computer Lab

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Over the past three years, 35 students have co-authored presentations at national professional meetings and 10 students have co-authored publications in top psychology journals.

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.

Ann Baltzer ’10 (Bismarck, N.D.) received the American Psychological Association Division 34’s award for outstanding undergraduate research paper for her project entitled “The Effect of Green Priming on Environmental Concern.”

Sara Gottlieb ’10 (Woodbridge, Conn.) presented her research “The concept of the ‘biological clock’ pressures women to accelerate important life choices” at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference held in Las Vegas in January 2010.

Chelsea Voskuilen ’10 (Bothell, Wash.) worked with Prof. Brooke Lea on a student-faculty summer research collaboration investigating memory and rhyme in poetry comprehension in which she compared experts in rhyme (rap artists, poets, and English professors) with novices.

Lisa Weinberg ’10 (Bethesda, Md.) was one of eight undergraduates nationwide to receive an APA summer science fellowship, an intensive summer training program where students work with outstanding researchers for up to seven weeks.

Amanda Wenzel ’10 (Green Bay, Wis.) worked with Dr. Ann Masten at the University of Minnesota as part of the summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

Krista Yank ’09 (St. Paul, Minn.) presented her research “Beyond Orgasm: The Effects of Males’ Exposure to Pornography on Sexual Objectification and Motives for Sex” at the Association for Psychological Science annual convention held in San Francisco in May 2009.

Thirty-one students accompanied Professor Eric Wiertelak on a January term trip to Australia to explore the evolutionary roots of animal behavior.