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CPSY 4994 - Directed Research

During directed research, a student works as a Research Assistant (RA) for a lab within the Institute of Child Development. Depending on the lab, RAs do various tasks; such as: coding and tabulating data; making telephone calls to schedule and confirm appointments; sitting with siblings during research experiments; performing library research; helping with or running research participant interviews; participating in research meetings; and/or assisting in planning and carrying out studies. Students are responsible for securing a placement in a lab.

Who should take this course?

Students who are interested in gaining first-hand experience conducting research. Students who wish to gain a better understanding of all of the elements involved in conducting research and building a relationship with a faculty member.

Students who are interested in completing an Honors thesis with a Child Psychology faculty member. Students who are interested in pursuing research interests in a graduate program or career.

What degree requirements might this class fulfill?
Child Psychology B.A.
Child Psychology B.S.
Psychology B.A. (with additional approved Psychology Dept contract)
Psychology B.S. (with additional approved Psychology Dept contract)

For official information about how this class would fulfill major requirements or college requirements, please consult your college adviser and your APAS. Access to your APAS report can be found under the Academics tab on MyU.

Prerequisites:
4 credits in Child Psychology and instructor consent

Grading Basis:
A-F, S/N or audit (must be taken A-F to fulfill major requirements)

Credits:
1-4 (each credit should represent 45 hours of lab experience)

Terms this class is typically offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer

Instructors who teach this class:
Varies upon arrangement

Sample contract:
Link to PDF

Registration instructions:
See the registration instructions page

Have additional questions about this class? Contact Meghan Eliason, Child Psychology Adviser, at alle0335@umn.edu