A comprehensive listing of various opportunities that may be of interest to department majors and minors.
- Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC)
The Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference was created in 1992 by Dr. Elizabeth Bjork with the objective of creating opportunities for undergraduate research assistants to develop their presentation skills and share their research efforts with their peers and colleagues.
- Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference
- University of Virginia – Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference
Graduate School Preparation:
UCLA Career Center
The UCLA Career Center offers personal assistance and programs on the graduate and professional school application process, including program selection, the personal essay, faculty recommendations, admissions tests, and financial assistance. In the Fall quarter, the Career Center hosts the annual UCLA Graduate and Professional School Fair. This fair attracts representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities who showcase their university programs and offer admission information.
Learn Psychology recently published an in-depth resource for current and future psychology students. The new guide to School Psychology provides a comprehensive profile of the field, as well as detailed information on degree levels and courses, popular careers, scholarships, internships and student resources. You can view the guide and the homepage at the following location: www.learnpsychology.org
Getting into Clinical Psychology Grad School
The Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) has assembled the most useful links and resources on the web to guide you through the process of choosing and applying to graduate school. Check out our detailed sections on five key topics:
1) Wondering if this is the right path for you? Considering alternatives, or getting more experience first? Check out our section Clinical Ph.D or not?
2) Want to know more about costs, acceptance rates, and other details about clinical psychology graduate school? Read About Clinical Programs.
3) Looking for Accredited Programs? Check out our complete list!
4) Set on applying, and in search of guidance? Find out how program directors will be evaluating your applications in our Application Tips! Other helpful advice can be found through the links on our Resources page.
5) Looking for a Post-Baccalaureate Position to get some clinical psychology experience before applying to graduate school? Download our regularly updated position listings!
Research, Fellowships, & Publications:
UCLA Undergraduate Research Journal in the Social Sciences and Humanities (ALEPH)
Join Aleph—UCLA’s enduring and revelatory undergraduate journal for the humanities and social sciences. Ever wanted to know what it’s like to review, edit, and publish? Curious to peer behind the curtain of the publication process? Hope to make a contribution to scholarship offered to the public? Need Honors credit or something intriguing on your CV/résumé?
Aleph meets once a week, same time and place, and is registered under Honors 101C, Seminar 2. Any and all questions will be answered; any and all willing and dedicated can enroll in the course for an invaluable experience. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions
Modern Psychological Studies
Modern Psychological Studies (MPS) is a psychological journal devoted exclusively to publishing manuscripts by undergraduate students. We are continuously seeking quality manuscripts for publication, and will consider manuscripts in any area of psychology. Although MPS primarily focuses on results from experimental research, there are also publication opportunities for theoretical papers, literature reviews and book reviews.
MPS is edited and reviewed by undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. We strive to make the journal submission process a learning experience and to encourage quality research. By placing the journal in the hands of undergraduates, the editorial staff at MPS wishes to emphasize to fellow undergraduates: meaningful, quality work, and communicating that work to interested students and professionals. The journal is published twice a year and the annual subscription rate is $30.
UCLA Opportunities/ Resources:
The Writing Success Program (WSP)
The WSP offers to UCLA undergraduate students. WSP is the longest running writing service on campus, and is the only student-initiated, student-run academic service of its kind.
Other Research-Related Opportunities
- The URC-Sciences Travel Grant program – Reimburse your students up to $300 for attending and presenting at professional conferences.
- The UCLA Undergraduate Science Journal – Did your 199 student submit a terrific thesis in June? If so, encourage them to submit their paper for publication in the UCLA Undergraduate Science Journal.
UCLA Student Groups:
PSI CHI, The International Honor Society In Psychology: UCLA Chapter
All students in the Psychology, Psychobiology, Cognitive Science, and their pre- majors are invited to attend the general meetings of the local chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology! Active participation and membership in your local chapter and the Society can be included beneficially in your résumés/CVs and applications to make them well-rounded. For more information about our chapter, you may visit our website at www.uclapsichi.org
Cognitive Science Student Association (CSSA)
Do you have an interest in psychology, artificial intelligence, anthropology, linguistics, user interface, education, or philosophy? The Cognitive Science Student Association looks to bring together everyone who has an interest in these areas. CSSA facilitates you getting the most out of your education at UCLA through research, publishing, discussion, networks, peer mentorship and more. But not only are we here for intellectually and academic stimulation, we are also about building friendships and social connections with those at our large school who have the same interests as you! Our website is at www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/cogsci
Pre-Health Student Groups
Pre-Dental Student Outreach Program (PDSOP)
PDSOP is the largest pre-dental student group on campus with opportunities and access to community service, social and networking events, membership awards, dental students, professors, and even admissions officers.
Pre-Pharmacy Society at UCLA
Interested in a career in pharmacy, but don't know where to begin?
The Pre-Pharmacy Society at UCLA is now accepting membership applications! Through various speakers, field trips, peer mentorship, and informational meetings, we strive to keep our members informed on issues that concern them as future healthcare practitioners. Furthermore, we make every effort to develop UCLA’s students into future leaders in the field of pharmacy.
Other UCLA Opportunities
Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. The UCLA chapter works with more than 300 other university groups around the world to deliver and implement nine skill based programs that benefit more than 130,000 community members in Honduras, Ghana, Panama, and Nicaragua. Global Medical/Dental Brigades develops sustainable health initiatives and provides relief where there is limited access to healthcare. Our current emphasis is in the country of Honduras, where we have provided sustainable health care to over 57 villages and aid to more than 40,000 patients in past years.
A medical/dental brigade consists of student volunteers and medical/dental professionals to provide health care to in-need communities. The group functions as a mobile medical unit, setting up small clinics to diagnose and treat patients at no cost. From in-take, to triage, to medical/dental consultations, to filling of prescriptions, the volunteers experience the many realms of the medical profession under the guidance of licensed medical professionals.
The myUCLAhealth Ambassadors program offers prospective volunteers meaningful patient experience and exposure in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics clinics at Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Volunteers are trained to be experts on myUCLAhealth, a new online web-portal that allows patients to view their medical records, communicate with their physician, and schedule appointments. Volunteers work 1-on-1 with patients and clinical staff to sign-up and train interested patients.
Our program is student-directed foremost and led by physician and healthcare administrators. Some of the many benefits we offer include volunteer hours signed off by Volunteer Services, Letter of Recommendation by Co-Chair of Geriatric Medicine, Clinical Research experience through SRP 99 and 199, and 1-on-1 Scribing with a physician at UCLA Health for dedicated members.
Please go to http://uclahealthamb.weebly.com for more information.
Mental Health Initiative
Mental Health Initiative is a campus organization that seeks to eradicate the stigma of mental health issues and provide support to the LA community via education, community service, and licensed provider referrals. We visit grade schools, colleges, libraries, nursing homes, health events, and more to spread awareness and promote mental wellness. MHI additionally offers workshops for members who wish to take charge of their own mental health.
Interested in working with youth? Excited about attending talks from physicians and other health professionals? Want to help raise awareness for HIV/AIDS?
Thinking globally and acting locally, the AIDS Ambassadors focuses on peer education, empowerment, and providing accessible, anonymous HIV/AIDS testing to UCLA and its surrounding community.
The AIDS Ambassadors at UCLA make presentations on the risks, symptoms, and prevention of HIV/AIDS and teach this information using unconventionally interactive (and FUN) methods to ensure retainment of our information. Right now, pledging to protect yourself and spreading knowledge is the only prevention and the only cure.
Our goal is to spread knowledge and awareness not only to the community outside of UCLA but also to students on campus; therefore, we participate in health fairs and invite health professionals to speak at our meetings, so we can educate the UCLA community and keep ourselves at the forefront of knowledge.