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  • Limited funds are available for Psychology majors, minors and Cognitive–Neuroscience Individualized majors to help cover the costs of expenses for research projects. The activities are defined as:

    Student original intellectual or creative contributions to the discipline of Psychology carried out in conjunction with a faculty mentor, culminating with the aim to have the project undergo formal review through presentations, exhibitions, and/or publications.

    The work students wish to have funded must meet all aspects of this definition. Thus, it must be work undertaken with a Psychology faculty mentor on a project appropriate the discipline of psychology. Internships are not considered appropriate unless they can be shown to meet the criteria above.

    Award Amount

    Award amounts are limited to $500.00 per student per year unless more funds become available. Project/Research Grants can be used for data collection surveys/instruments, materials needed for creation of Psychology specific project, or lab equipment. The Project/Research grants are not to be used for stipends.

    Funds can be applied for prior to beginning the project. However, the documentation below is required before funds will be distributed. Prior CUHSR approval is required of all research projects involving human participants. The faculty mentor should assist the student with completion of this application. Preference will be given to those applications with a clear outcome goal (presentation at a specific conference, publication or exhibition).

    Money will be reserved on a first-come basis, until funds are depleted. Students applying after all money has been committed will be placed on a wait list pending the availability of new funding sources. All funds must be used before the end of the fiscal year. These grants are competitive in nature and submission does not guarantee funding.

    Application Procedure

    Please follow the guidelines below to insure a successful application is submitted:

    1. Type and print out the following application completely and accurately.
    2. Where appropriate, submit verification of CUHSR approval.
    3. Complete the application budget.
    4. Provide supporting documentation of all costs listed in the budget. If they are unavailable at the time of application, please indicate that they are an estimate.
    5. Submit 1 hard copy of the forms and all documentation and email an electronic version of the forms with supporting documents to James Diller (dillerj@easternct.edu).

    If you have questions, please contact James Diller, Ph.D. (dillerj@easternct.edu) or 860-465-0214.

    Download the PDF document to apply

  • Limited travel funds are available for Psychology majors, minors, and Cognitive-Neuroscience Individualized majors to present their research at a professional forum. At Eastern, these activities are defined as:

    Original intellectual or creative contributions to the discipline of Psychology carried out in conjunction with a faculty mentor, culminating in formal review of that work through presentations, exhibitions, and/or publications.

    The work students wish to present must meet all aspects of this definition. Thus, it must be work undertaken with an Eastern faculty mentor on a project appropriate to Psychology. Internships are not considered appropriate unless they can be shown to meet the criteria above. Students who wish to attend a conference without presenting, are ineligible for these funds and should work with department clubs to secure funding.

    Award Amount

    Award amounts are limited to $1,000 per student/year, unless more funds become available. The award request should not exceed the cost of travel. As with all state travel, applicants must document that flying is necessary and more cost-effective than driving.

    An application for funding must be submitted after having a presentation accepted by conference conveners. All documentation below is required before funds will be distributed. The faculty mentor should assist the student with completion of this application and the State Travel Authorization Form.

    Money will be reserved on a first-come basis, until funds are depleted. Students applying after all money has been committed will be placed on a wait list, pending availability of new funding sources. All funds must be used before the end of the fiscal year. These grants are competitive in nature and submission does not guarantee funding.

    Application Procedure

    Please follow the guidelines below to insure a successful application is submitted:

    1. Type and print out the following application completely and accurately.
    2. Provide documentation of the conference name, dates, and location. For example, a printout of the conference’s homepage or an event announcement is ideal.
    3. Complete the application budget.
    4. Provide documentation of all costs listed in the budget. If they are unavailable at the time of application, please indicate that they are an estimate.
    5. Prior to travel, please provide documentation of your presentation. This can be a printout of the conference schedule or program from the conference’s website that lists your presentation/exhibition.
    6. A State Travel Authorization Form must be completed and submitted at least 4 weeks prior to travel.
    7. Submit 1 hard copy of the forms including the State Travel Authorization Form with all appropriate signatures, all other documentation and email an electronic version of the forms with supporting documents to James Diller (dillerj@easternct.edu).

    If you have questions, please contact James Diller, Ph.D. (dillerj@easternct.edu) or 860-465-0214.

    Download the PDF document to apply
  • Students planning (or even thinking about) applying to graduate school will find this information helpful. Remember that this information is discussed in PSY 101 and PSY 390. Links to these resources appear under Web Links below.

    Freshman & Sophomore Years

    • Learn about careers in psychology and graduate program offerings from PSY 101.
    • Discuss your interests and strengths with career counselors at Career Services and/or faculty members.
    • Speak with your advisor about your interest in attending graduate school to learn about GPA requirements and expected coursework and experiences.
    • Begin researching graduate program requirements.
    • Get to know your professors and make sure they know you. You will need letters of recommendation.

    Junior Year

    • Prepare for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Take the mock GRE, sponsored by Psi Chi, and visit the GRE website to learn about the test and find a free practice book.
    • Determine whether you need to complete the psychology subject GRE. Most graduate programs do not require this, but if your intended program does, you should prepare for this as well.
    • Get the experiences that will strengthen your graduate school application. These may include research assistantships (particularly if you are applying to Ph.D. programs), internships in settings appropriate for the subject area you plan to pursue, and/or independent studies relevant to the area you want to study.

    Summer before senior Year

    • Take the general GRE and prepare to take the fall Psych GRE, if applicable.
    • Start making a list of the graduate programs you will apply to and their application requirements. Make sure you are selecting programs wisely based on your academic interests and GRE performance.
    • Begin to draft a general personal statement and a resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Career Services can help with a resume, and see your advisor or other faculty member for help with a curriculum vita (CV).

    Senior Year

    • Finalize the list of graduate programs you will apply to and their deadlines. Keep in mind that some elements need some lead time (i.e., GRE score reports, transcripts, letters of recommendation).
    • Ask faculty to write letters of recommendation for you. Give your recommenders 4-6 weeks of lead time to write these letters. It is helpful to include a copy of your personal statement and CV. Make sure that you also provide them with crystal-clear instructions:
      • The type of program it is (i.e., Masters in School Psychology)
      • What is the deadline for the application?
      • Will the letter be submitted electronically or as a hard copy?
      • If the letter will be submitted as a hard copy, are there any forms that need to go with it and where does it need to go (i.e., Does it need to be returned to you? Or mailed directly to the graduate program?). Make sure that you give them any form supplied by the program and a stamped, addressed envelop if applicable.
      • Any other special instructions (i.e., “Seal the envelope and sign it across the flap”).
    • Ask your faculty mentor(s) to look over your CV and personal statement(s).
    • Submit application materials to programs ahead of their deadlines. Almost all Psy.D. and Ph.D. programs have Fall deadlines; masters programs generally have Winter, Spring, or rolling deadlines.
    • You may be asked to attend interviews; be prepared to go on these interviews in the Winter and Spring.
    • Don't forget to follow instructions from the program for accepting the offer, accepting an assistantship, or declining an acceptance if you decide not to attend the program.
    • Write a thank-you letter to your recommendation writers with your results (acceptances, rejections).
    • If you were accepted and will be attending a graduate program, send an email to Dr. Lanagan-Leitzel at lanaganleitzell@easternct.edu with the type of program (Ph.D., Psy.D., M.A., M.S., or other), the name of the university, the name of the program at the university, and when you will begin your studies.