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Student Experience

Psychology majors at Loras College will be active in their educational experience. In Developmental Psychology students raise a virtual child, in Abnormal Psychology students produce video role-plays on various disorders, in Social Psychology students design and conduct original research into group behavior, and in Physiological Psychology students host brain awareness activities for local school children. Faculty utilize video clips, demonstrations, technology, guest speakers, research projects, and current news to further deepen understanding and critical discussion of class material.

Internship Opportunities and Field Placement

My most memorable moment from my undergrad psychology days was my internship at the Hillcrest Mental Health Clinic, because I gained so much real world experience. You should do as many internships as you can to help guide you in the development of your career path. The hands on experience you receive is  invaluable!
--Alyssa Micek (’12)
completed a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a 
Second  Language at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA
and is now serving in the Peace Corps, teaching English. 

The Loras College Department of Psychology offers its majors and minors the opportunity to have supervised training within area mental health and human service agencies.  Students may choose from approximately 20 training sites, which deal with a wide range of clientele. Possible sites include hospitals, schools, mental health centers, and other human service agencies.

Research Opportunities

The privilege of attending and presenting at the MPA Conference for three years of my college career gave me a greater appreciation for the field of Psychology and a broader understanding of the amazing things that other undergraduate, graduate and professionals in the field are working on. The long process of conducting a research study turned into an extremely rewarding opportunity when I was able to share what I had learned and discovered with others attending the conference.  
--Lauren Byrne '14, currently working as a Community Support Worker at an agency serving persons with disabilities in Madison

Students interested in gaining hands-on research experience have three different labs to choose from. In these labs students work together in small groups to design and conduct original research. The process begins with developing the initial ideas, then continues with conducting the literature search, forming hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, and finally presenting at conferences.Loras Psychology students have the opportunity to present at the local Tri-state Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference (which is hosted by Loras every four years) in the fall and have been very successful in being accepted to present at the Midwest Psychological Association conference in Chicago each spring.

Psi Chi National Honor Society

Psi Chi is an important networking tool that allowed fostering of relationships between fellow students and faculty outside of the classroom. It also allowed me the chance to be a student leader. I was able to plan and organize events, lead organization meetings, and help promote psychology on campus. --Nick Neibergall '14, currently a student in UW-Madison's Counseling Psychology master's program

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualification requirements.

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