Summer Research Programs

The following summer research programs are administered through the Department of Psychology.  If you have any questions about these or other summer research opportunities, please contact UASP at 305-284-3303.

PRIME Summer Research Scholarship

Psychology Research Initiatives Mentorship Experience (PRIME) began as part of a nationwide effort to increase minority participation in the psycho-biomedical sciences; however, it was later expanded to include students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds.  The PRIME program is a 10 week summer research program designed for students who intend to apply to Ph.D. programs.  Throughout this program, students are required to work 20 hours per week on psychological research under the direction of a psychology faculty member.  PRIME students are also required to attend weekly seminars where they discuss their research projects, research ethics and protocol, post-graduation plans, guidelines for poster presentations, and several other topics, and they must showcase their research projects at an end-of-the-summer poster presentation.  These students are also expected to present their findings at the UM Research, Creativity, and Innovation Forum, which is held during the following spring semester (i.e., students must have at least two more semesters before graduation).

Dates:Monday, May 19, 2014, to Friday, July 25, 2014
Application Deadline:Friday, February 28, 2014
Eligibility:You must be a University of Miami undergraduate student and have a minimum of 30 completed UM credits, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a minimum psychology GPA of 3.0.  You must also have successfully completed (i.e., with a C or higher) PSY 110, PSY 290, PSY 291, and PSY 390 (or PSY 204 and PSY 316). Even though previous research experience is not required, it is highly recommended.
Note:Students who receive and accept PRIME funding may not accept additional funding from any other source.
Application:PRIME application

JUMPSTART Summer Research Scholarship

Just for University of Miami Psychology Students to Accelerate Research Training (JUMPSTART) is an off-shoot of PRIMEJUMPSTART also began as part of a nationwide effort to increase minority participation in the psycho-biomedical sciences; however, it too was later expanded to include students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds.  Like PRIME, JUMPSTART is a 10 week summer research program designed for students who intend to apply to Ph.D. programs.  Throughout this program, students are required to work 20 hours per week on psychological research under the direction of a psychology faculty member.  JUMPSTART students are also required to attend weekly seminars where they discuss their research projects, research ethics and protocol, post-graduation plans, guidelines for poster presentations, and several other topics, and they must showcase their research projects at an end-of-the-summer poster presentation.

This program is different from PRIME because it has fewer eligibility requirements and participants receive slightly less funding.  JUMPSTART is ideal for students who want to get involved in research but have not completed PSY 390, Intermediate Research Methods & Biobehavioral Statistics (or PSY 316, Experimental Psychology).

Dates:Monday, May 19, 2014, to Friday, July 25, 2014
Application Deadline:Friday, February 28, 2014
Eligibility:You must be a University of Miami undergraduate student and have a minimum of 30 completed UM credits, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a minimum psychology GPA of 3.0.  You must also have successfully completed (i.e., with a C or higher) PSY 110, PSY 290, and PSY 291 (or PSY 204 and PSY 290).  Even though previous research experience is not required, it is highly recommended.
Note:Students who receive and accept JUMPSTART funding may not accept additional funding from any other source.
Application:JUMPSTART application

Lois Pope Neuroscience Summer Research Scholarship

A generous endowment made to the University of Miami (UM) by our Trustee, Lois Pope, allows undergraduate neuroscience majors to participate in summer neuroscience research projects at UM.  Participants are required to work 40 hours per week for at least 10 weeks on neuroscience research, and they are expected to present their findings at the UM Research, Creativity, and Innovation Forum, which is held during the following spring semester (i.e., students must have at least two more semesters before graduation).  Lois Pope participants may also participate in the PRIME program as PRIME Adjuncts, and they may be invited to attend special activities related to other summer research programs, such as the Dean's Women and Minority Research Program and the Honors Research Program.

Dates:Monday, May 19, 2014, to Friday, July 25, 2014
Application Deadline:Friday, February 28th, 2014
Eligibility:You must be a University of Miami undergraduate neuroscience major and have a minimum of 30 completed UM credits, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum science GPA of 3.0, and a minimum major GPA of 3.0.  Even though previous research experience is not required, it is highly recommended.
Note:Students who receive and accept Lois Pope funding may not accept additional funding from any other source.
Application:Lois Pope application
University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology