Psychology Special Opportunities

Undergraduate Research

The Psychology Research. Suite include rooms with one-way mirror observation deck and adjoining conference room, student lounge and meeting room (with psychology journals, Psi Chi newsletters, graduate-school brochures and books, GRE practice tests, refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, etc.). The Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory includes an animal colony, Pavlovian conditioning chambers, stereotaxic surgery equipment, and BIOPAC esources for research involving physiological measures, including EEG, GSR, heart rate.

Psychology students conducting research follow informed consent practices.  Our Sample Informed Consent Form helps guide students through their projects.

Sample Informed Consent Form


J Term courses

The Department of Psychology provides opportunities for students to explore the world during January Term. Recent courses include:

  • Psychology of World War II in Europe
  • Psychology of Creativity in Hawaii
  • Psychology and Culture in Hong Kong

PSI CHI & Psychology Club

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 with over 400 chapters at accredited colleges and universities across the nation. Psi Chi’s purposes are to encourage, stimulate, and maintain scholarship of members and to advance the science of psychology. The minimum qualifications for membership in Hartwick’s Psi Chi Chapter include: 3.50 psychology GPA, 3.25 cumulative GPA, and 12 completed Hartwick Psychology credits. Sample activities from Hartwick’s chapter include attendance and presentations at regional and national psychological conferences, sponsoring of guest speakers, and admissions recruitment activities.

Psychology Club is established by students to provide a venue for all students at Hartwick to learn about and celebrate around important issues related to psychology.


Student-Faculty Collaborative Cognitive Science Projects

Conference Presentations:

Allison Fitzsimmons ’21, Kelsea Royce ’21, Alyssa Jasewicz ’21, Maximillion Mastroianni ’21: Political polarization in a pandemic: Political views and mental health; Eastern Psychological Association, March 2021. Assistant Professor William Kowalczyk, Sanborn-Overby, U. A.

Justyna Cage ’22 and Jacqueline Gerstenberger ’23: Maternal Stress Increases Anxiety-Like Behavior of Rodent Infant Offspring; Society for Neuroscience Conference, January 2021; Assistant Professor Heidi Rivera

Olivia Roth ’20, Abigail White ’20, Lauren Gifford ’20, Abigail Schwartz ’21:The effect of mental health and expectancy of drinking outcomes on college drinking behaviors. Poster presented at the 92nd annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, June 2020; Assistant Professor William Kowalczyk

Jennifer M. Darasz ’20: Implicit gender stereotypes of aggressive vs. nonaggressive car “faces”; Eastern Psychological Association, March 2020; Professor Lisa Onorato

Award-winning Projects:

  • Freedman Prize: Vanessa T Morgan ’19: The construction of a reusable ecological momentary assessment application; Assistant Professor William Kowalczyk
  • Freedman Prize: Olivia Austin ’18: The effects of the color red on risk taking; Assistant Professor William Kowalczyk
  • Freedman Prize: Lauren Rosenberg ’17: The Effect of Personal Appearance on Test Scores; Professor Lisa Onorato
  • Freedman Prize: Teresa Kim ’17: The Effects of Computer Literacy and Note Taking Method on Delayed Recall; Professor KinHo Chan
  • Freedman Prize: Gwen Bennis ’16: The Effects of Tattoos on Stereotypical Perceptions Using a Lexical Decision Task; Professor Lisa Onorato
  • Freedman Prize: Natashe Pelletier ’16: Catching lighting with a bottle: Pessimism, goal-pursuit and object priming; Associate Professor Justin Wellman
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