Getting into grad school: Research experience, a letter and an essay
This page is about gaining research experience with a professor, your professor's letter of recommendation and your biogrpahical essay.
- Volunteer to work with a professor on the professor's research. When I do this, I ask for the student to volunteer about 3 hours per week.
- Register for independent study credit. Students usually reigster for 3 hours (the same amount as most of our classes). I give my students three options:
- Write a literature review - during the semester the student writes a literature review, usually on a topic they are interested in. I'll encourage the student to submit the paper to the York Scholar (our student journal) for publication.
- Work as a research assistant -- I'll train you in research techniques in social psychology and you'll then run experiments on my research project.
- Independent research -- The student will develop a research idea and collect and analyze data on a topic of their choosing (either totaly independent of my research or based upon an offshoot of my research). This will take 2 semesters of independent study. I'll encourage the student to submit an abstract to a conference or a paper for publication.
Letters of Recommendation
Most grad schools require three letters of recommendation from your profoessors.
Most grad programs require that you write a biographical essay about your past and reasons for applying to grad school.