Psi Chi Honor Society
Department of Psychological
& Brain Sciences:
Experiential Learning: PBS Research & Teaching Opportunities
Experiential learning is learning through reflection on doing. Experiential learning starts with acquiring new ideas from readings or group discussions just like in a typical classroom. In experiential learning, you'll then get a chance to apply what you've learned in a real-world setting and reflect on how your experience deepended your understanding. Through direct experience and focused reflection, experiential learning offers students the opportunity to increase knowledge, help develop skills, and even clarify their personal goals and values.
We encourage students to explore experiential learning opportunities in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences (research and teaching); in our community (service-learning and field experience courses and internships); and in the wider world through Overseas Study.
If you work as a research assistant in a faculty member's lab you'll help collect data that will be published in scientific journals and earn Supervised Research course credit.
You'll benefit from a personal mentoring relationship with a faculty member and interaction with other highly motivated psychology majors and graduate students.
Students who want to earn an Honors Degree are encouraged to enroll in Supervised Research courses in their sophomore year if possible or - at the latest - at the start of their junior year.
Are you interested in learning what goes on "behind the scenes" as professors plan courses and develop tests and assignments? Are you considering teaching as a career?
As a P356 student, you will serve as an Undergraduate Teaching Intern, receiving supervised experience assisting in an undergraduate course. You will also attend a weekly discussion of good teaching practices and complete a project related to the aims of the course in which you are assisting.
To be eligible to enroll in P356, you must be an undergraduate psychology or neuroscience major with a minimum GPA of 3.5 (both overall and in psychology) and permission of the instructor.
You can learn more about what teaching interns do and how you might benefit from the experience by talking with your professors and academic advisors. P356 is taught by Dr. James Craig and Irene Vlachos-Weber. You can also email questions to Irene Vlachos-Weber (vlachosi [at] indiana.edu) or drop by her office (PY A300A).