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Special Undergraduate Research Programs

 

The COR Program

(Career Opportunities in Research and Education)

The Departments of Psychology, Anthropology and Sociology jointly offer a program called COR (Career Opportunities in Research and Education). This interdisciplinary research training program for academically talented minority juniors and seniors is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Participants receive a monthly stipend, tuition and fee remission. They take a special curriculum and get individualized research training in a variety of areas under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The program has several levels of participation, and underrepresented minority students - especially sophomores - intending to pursue a research-related career in the participating disciplines are urged to apply to the program. Additional details and descriptive literature are available from the COR program manager, Judith Diaz (uddiaz@hunter.cuny.edu, 772-4562, Room 632 HN).

 

The MIDARP Program 

(Minority Institutional Drug Abuse Research Development Program)

The overall goal of MIDARP is to develop the capacity at Hunter College to support drug abuse research through the following objectives:

  1. Provide underrepresented minority faculty with drug abuse research knowledge and skill development through the conduct of research projects and other professional development activities. 
  2. Encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue drug abuse research careers by providing them with educational enrichment and research experiences.
  3. Strengthen the underlying institutional infrastructure needed to support drug abuse research. Undergraduate students supported by MIDARP are highly qualified students from underrepresented populations. They must be interested in pursing careers in drug abuse research and working in the laboratory of a MIDARP investigator.

 

Field Placement Program

Offered for one semester or as a 2-semester sequence, Psychological Services I and II (PSYCH 306 and 307) give enrolled students practical supervised career experience one day per week in an approved mental health or community service setting in conjunction with a class that meets once each week. Students may also do course work in conjunction with field placement in Independent Study (PSYCH 201) with a faculty sponsor; in this situation, the student generally finds his/her own placement, contingent on faculty approval. Peer Advising in Psychology (PSYCH 295) also combines working with people with academic course content. PSYCH 295 and PSYCH 306 require an interview, and all three of these courses require faculty permission.

Often, students volunteer in the field without a connection to course work. While course work can provide a valuable framework for field experience, there are times when the demands of academic work and other areas of life preclude the commitments of a field-placement course. Students often find volunteer field experiences through the Career Development Services office.

 

Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration

The Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration within psychology provides interdisciplinary training for students preparing for academic or professional careers in areas related to neuroscience. The concentration brings together students from psychology and biology in a set of core courses and offers mentored research experience in faculty laboratories, opportunities for student research presentations and talks by distinguished visiting neuro-scientists. The neuroscience concentration is a particularly good option for students who plan to do graduate study in neuroscience or neuroscience-related fields or attend medical school for neurology, neurosurgery, or psychiatry specialties. Students in the Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration will complete a research project, will be enrolled in the Department Honors Program and will graduate with Departmental Honors. Admission is by application at the end of sophomore year. A list of recommended laboratories can be downloaded here.