Both research and practical experience are vital for graduate school and most careers. The psychology program at Randolph College offers collaborative research opportunities with other students and faculty. The senior seminar is an opportunity to explore a topic in depth and to present your findings. Recent student research projects include "Examining the Effects of Birth Order and Parental Control on Self-Esteem and Social Group Affiliation," "The Mozart Effect," and "Flashbulb Memories: A Longitudinal Study of the O.J. Simpson Murder Trial Verdict."
Psychology majors enjoy the use of a contemporary laboratory to conduct research projects or collaborative research with faculty. A recent National Science Foundation grant allowed further enhancement of the facility and paved the way for a computer-based multimedia laboratory.
A Chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, was chartered in April 1993. Founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology, Psi Chi is open to graduates and undergraduates who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests. Psi Chi is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.
For the senior capstone course, seniors present their original research at the Virginia Psychological Association (VPA) along with undergraduates and graduate students from other Virginia colleges. For six out of the last ten years, Randolph College has placed first in the competition for best paper.