Both research and practical experience are vital preparation 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 an empirical topic of your own interest in depth and then to present your findings. Recent student research projects include Misperception of Nonverbal Friendly Cues: The Smile, Do Tattoos Increase or Decrease Attractivness and Romantic Interest? The Effect of Cell Phone Use on Perceived Empathy. And The Effect of Winning on Empathy and Unethical Behavior.
Psychology majors enjoy the use of a contemporary laboratory to conduct research projects or collaborative research with faculty. A 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 international honor society in psychology, was chartered at Randolph in April 1993. The honor society was 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 Association for Psychological Science.
Most of our students who participate in the summer research program or a Research Problems course during a semester present that work either at a national conference or in a publication. Recent examples of those presentations can be found in the news about Psychology section of this web page. As part of the senior capstone course, all seniors present the results of original research at the Virginia Association for Psychological Science or another regional conference along with undergraduates and graduate students from other colleges and universities.