The Psychology Department believes in giving its students experiences beyond the classroom, to apply what they’ve learned and put it into practice. Many opportunities exist for students to explore psychology in an active, applied way, including internships, student research and being involved in psychology-focused campus organizations.
Students can work with faculty on research projects or a senior thesis in preparation for graduate school. Examples of recent projects include research on:
- false memories
- energy drinks and links with anxiety
- therapeutic teleconferencing for social anxiety
- analysis of the causes and consequences of sexual harassment
- evolution of the brain's dopamine system
Many of our students at all levels (from freshmen in general psychology to seniors in upper-level courses) present research at the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education Undergraduate Research Conference. This conference, which began with the psychology department and expanded college-wide, showcases student research in a fun, exciting environment. Held each spring semester, students show how they took interesting concepts and theories from class and applied their psychology knowledge in research projects.
Psychology students can benefit greatly from working in their specific areas of interest. For qualified students, internships are available with local organizations and businesses. These have included the following:
- Florida Institute of Mental Health
- Hillsborough Crisis Center
- Glazer Children’s Museum
- Project Return
- Children’s Crisis Center
- Pepin Academy
- The Pyramid (art therapy)
- Straz Center for the Performing Arts
- TECO Energy
The UT Psychology Department has several opportunities for students to engage in service learning, which involves students in community service activities and applies the experience to personal and academic development. Service learning balances learning goals with meeting real community needs, and deepens the educational experience of our students.
Psychology majors are encouraged to become members of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology, as well as the Psychology Club. The campus Psi Chi chapter and the Psychology club are student-led organizations. Psi Chi hosts educational and social events throughout the year, including guest speakers, tours of community health facilities and social outings. The Psychology Club is dedicated to bringing together students interested in the field of psychology (regardless of their major); the club serves to educate and enrich fellow students’ knowledge about psychology, as well as assist with their academic development and participate in community service and other outreach opportunities. Both organizations allow for a friendly, informal sharing of experiences among students, faculty and professionals.