The Developmental Research Experiences and Mentorship (DREAM) at Colorado State University is an 8-week full-time immersion program for undergraduates interested in working closely with faculty mentors to gain hands-on experience with many procedural phases of the psychological research process. Throughout this program, students will be involved in the development of research questions and hypotheses, study design, data collection, statistical analysis, data interpretation, and research dissemination.
Student research experiences will vary depending upon each student’s individual research goals, the stage of the research project(s) they are involved in, and their mentor match. Examples of research activities include:
- Data collection: assisting with recruiting and scheduling research participants; interviewing participants in individual or focus group settings; collecting experimental lab data; collecting data via ecological momentary assessments and/or ambulatory physiological assessments; administering tablet, interactive or survey assessments or questionnaires, online or in person, to children, adolescents, and/or adults.
- Data analysis and dissemination: learning to enter, clean, and analyze data with statistical software programs such as SPSS, GraphPad/Prism, SAS, or R; learning to interpret basic statistical analyses with respect to the relevant research question(s); creating research posters for presentation, and learning to professionally discuss research findings with other research team members and colleagues.
Moreover, undergraduate students selected for this program not only will work closely with their faculty mentors and other lab members but also will participate in program activities with other program participants to better learn both the conceptual and procedural aspects of scientific research and to be better prepared for graduate studies in psychology.
The program will also include social excursions and activities for participants. It culminates in a research presentation with other program participants, students, and faculty. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to provide students with opportunities to be involved in innovative research projects and prepare them for graduate studies on these topics.
DREAM is funded by the American Psychological Association Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience Grants.
The program will run from June 15 – August 7, 2020. The program will continue contingent on the COVID-19 situation and availability of funding. Deadline has been extended to Friday, May 1 at 11:59 pm EST
During this 8-week program, undergraduates will work closely with faculty mentors on the research activities described above. They will attend lab meetings with their faculty mentors to learn the more procedural aspects of conducting research and to get more fully integrated into their labs.
Moreover, undergraduates selected to be part of this summer research program will receive training in core conceptual foundations and applications of research with weekly group meetings including all program participants. During these meetings, faculty mentors will facilitate seminar discussions on basic and applied psychology research methods, lead journal clubs on cutting edge research in the field, and feature different research talks to allow students to have greater exposure to various psychology research methods and theories.
Applicants must be a current undergraduate student at any accredited U.S. institution who will not have graduated by August 2020.
A finalized application will include:
- a complete online application form
- Unofficial undergraduate transcripts
- Resume or CV
- Research statement (2 pages max) – describe your educational and career goals, and how participating in DREAM at CSU and working with your proposed faculty mentor(s) will help you achieve these aims.
- Diversity statement (1 page max) – CSU values diversity, equity and inclusion. As such, priority for the DREAM program will be given to applicants who are underrepresented in science, such as (but not limited to), those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or first generation students (students who are the first in their family to attend a 4-year college). Please describe how your past and/or potential contributions, or your background (e.g., underrepresented group status) might serve to advance CSU’s commitment to training people from a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstances
- Letter of recommendation to be sent directly to the reviewers
Students will earn $4800 for their program participation over the 8-week period. In addition, they will gain invaluable research experiences working closely with faculty mentors, which will prepare them for graduate studies.
Housing is not included as part of the program but on-campus guest housing is relatively affordable and can include a meal plan. Students may also opt to live off-campus, if they choose. In addition, all students who are part of the DREAM program will receive an ID card that will allow them to use the local bus transportation for free for the duration of the summer program.
Deadline has been extended to Friday, May 1 at 11:59 pm EST.