Mentored Research (aka Independent Study) fulfills the research requirement in the Psychology major. Students may pursue a one-semester project or a or two-semester project. Each semester earns one CU, and only one CU is required in the major. Only two PSYC399 credits can count toward your Psychology Major. Any additional PSYC399 credits will count as electives in the College. Please read all relevant information on these web pages before proceeding with the application:
- Guidelines and tips on how to arrange and register for your PSYC 399
- Descriptions of PSYC 399 options/faculty mentored research
- Overview of the PSYC 399 structure and deadlines
To learn more about undergraduate mentored research in our department, please see our PSYC399 Canvas site here. This site is available to all Penn users.
PSYC 399 Independent Study (aka Mentored Research) Application:
Here is the Mentored Research application:
The links above contain a PDF of all the questions in the application; students should bring this PDF with them when they meet with prospective PSYC399 faculty mentors to facilitate the application process. You should identify if you will complete a one- or two-semester Mentored Research project. Two-semester PSYC399s can run Fall to Spring (one academic year), or Spring to Fall (starting one academic year and finishing the next). Chose one of two application dates if you are starting your project in Fall 2021: either May 10, 2021 or first week of Sept. 2021, date TBA. (Applications are not reviewed in June and July).
Mentored Research Progress Report (only for two-semester PSYC399s)
Here is the Independent Study Progress Report:
This progress report is for research started in the Spring 2021 semester that will be completed in the Fall 2021 semester. This is for students currently enrolled in a 2-semester independent study (PSYC399). Your PSYC399 will not appear on your worksheet or transcript without completion of this report. Chose one of two application dates to submit your progress report if you are continuing your project in Fall 2021: either May 10, 2021 or first week of Sept. 2021, date TBA. (Applications are not reviewed in June and July).