Faculty Mentoring in SPC Research.
We will build a rich variety of laboratory-based research experiences and didactic instruction in SPC research from our diverse and talented Psychological Sciences Department faculty mentors. Students will develop and propose their own focused research projects in close collaboration with their mentor, including a review of the literature, development of testable hypotheses and methodologies, preparation of an expedited IRB proposal, data collection, processing, and analysis, and preparation of a professional REU poster and oral presentation and submission to the appropriate presentation/publication outlets. Faculty and Mentee development of research ideas and preparation of any required IRB proposals will begin the Spring semester prior to the Summer internship via phone and email contact so that students may begin their research immediately on arriving at NAU. (The Psychology Department enjoys a very comfortable and collegial working relationship with our IRB and the IRB Director presents a Professional Development Seminar to the interns; consequently, expedited reviews of IRB proposals are quite commonplace.) Although the projects have to be the student’s own, developed in consultation with their mentor, they may use a mentor’s pre-existing data, as long as the research question is original to the student intern. Projects will be designed to be completed within the 8-week session, and every effort will be undertaken to do so in order to give the student an overall sense of the gestalt of social science research, but should an experiment not be completed, the mentor and intern will continue to collaborate over the succeeding semester(s) toward completion of the project.Faculty research programs
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