Prospective Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students will typically participate through enrollment in directed research (PSY 5993)


  • Must be an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota.
  • Must have at least a 3.5 GPA.
  • Must have taken or be concurrently enrolled in the following courses as prerequisites: PSY 1001, PSY 3001W, and PSY 3604.

Research Tasks:

  • Complete assigned readings
  • Participate in lab meetings with faculty mentor
  • Participate in lab meetings with supervisor
  • Recruit participants
  • Collect data
  • Debrief participants
  • Code data
  • Enter data
  • Analyze data

Student Responsibilities:

Attend weekly lab meetings, attend and present in bi-weekly journal club meetings, work about 9 hours per week (3 hours per credit) to include the above responsibilities.

Contact and Course Registration Information:

Students interested in registering for Research Laboratory in Psychology must first contact Dr. Angus MacDonald to express their interest in TRiCAM.

Directions for Completing the PSY 5993 Undergraduate Research Contract:

 Project Description:

(Doubtless your project will become more concrete as the semester goes on, however this will provide a sufficient, preliminary description.)

"To explore one aspect of the cognitive and affective mechanisms that are relevant to healthy functioning as well as psychopathology. These mechanisms are also a means to understand how genes and neural pathways relate to everyday life and symptoms."


Check B - Alternative project: "Lead a journal club presentation and write an APA-style 6-8 page lab report summarizing my project."