To prepare for the networking event:

Due to the timing of this event (beginning of spring semester), most faculty are not currently accepting new research assistants (RAs). However, they may be accepting new RAs for the summer or fall. If you are interested in working with a faculty member who is not currently taking RAs, ask them about this! During the networking event, you are encouraged to talk to all faculty regardless of whether or not they are taking new research assistants at this time. Faculty will be available to talk about their research, what it is like to do research in their lab, about graduate school and the application process, and anything else they can offer advice or information about! To prepare for the event:

  • Read about faculty research and identify up to 3 faculty doing research you are interested in (see link below). At this event we will also have a clinical psychologist available to talk about clinical training (i.e. therapy) in graduate school. 
  • Prepare questions for faculty about their research and how you could potentially get involved with projects in their lab, as well as more general questions about graduate school in psychology and advice on the application process. Here are some suggestions:
    • What are the responsibilities of undergraduates in your lab?
    • What are your current projects?
    • Are there opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct their own research project and present a poster (at PURC)?
    • What do you look for in students applying to be research assistants in your lab?
    • What is the process of applying to work in your lab? When do you recommend starting this process?
    • (If they are not currently taking new research assistants): When do you anticipate having another opening for a new research assistant? When would be a good time to reach out about this?
    • What do you look for in graduate student applications?
    • What is a common mistake people make on their applications to graduate school?
    • What made you want to go to graduate school in psychology?
    • What advice do you have for students thinking about graduate school in psychology?
    • What advice do you have for students preparing their application for graduate school in psychology?
  • Prepare questions for psychology graduate students
  • Dress in business casual clothes (e.g. what you would wear on a picture day–this is not a suit and tie/black dress affair).
  • If you have any other questions about the event, please email us at STEP@gsu.edu

Learn about participating GSU psychology faculty and their research here

Have questions or want to join the STEP listerv? Email us at STEP@gsu.edu