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.

Freedman Prize for Student-Faculty Collaborative Cognitive Science Projects

Drs. Allan and Judy Freedman have generously donated to Hartwick College in support of student-faculty collaborative research and projects. Psychology students have competed and won the majority of the Freedman Prizes in recent years. Some of the award-winning projects include:

  • Gwen Bennis ’16: The Effects of Tattoos on Stereotypical Perceptions Using a Lexical Decision Task; Professor Lisa Onorato
  • Teresa Kim ’17: The Effects of Computer Literacy and Note Taking Method on Delayed Recall (will present at Student Showcase 2017); Professor KinHo Chan
  • Natashe Pelletier ’16: Catching lighting with a bottle: Pessimism, goal-pursuit and object priming ; Associate Professor Justin Wellman
  • Lauren Rosenberg ’17: The Effect of Personal Appearance on Test Scores; Professor Lisa Onorato
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