In order to enhance our MA students’ opportunities to conduct meaningful and rigorous research as a terminal experience in the Department of Psychology, we offer an additional option for that terminal experience. That is the Terminal Research Project. This can be accomplished by our students completing a minimum of 6 hours of PSY 6917 Supervised Research, according to the guidelines below. This option allows the student to design and complete an independent empirical study under the supervision of a two member faculty supervisory committee with the committee head being a tenure track faculty member from the Department of Psychology. It is expected that the rigor of these projects will be equivalent to a traditional thesis. The terminal experience for students who choose this option will consist of three elements:
First, the student will complete an empirical study and have an initial defense before the TeRP committee.
The second activity involves making an oral presentation to the students and faculty of the Department and invited guests.
The third is the preparation of a manuscript intended for publication in a refereed academic journal.
This accomplishes several goals that exceed the thesis process. First, it enables our students to have a terminal experience that better prepares them for publishing in the field of psychology. By preparing a manuscript to be submitted to a refereed journal in our field following APA manuscript style, the student has a more authentic sample of academic behavior typically experienced in the field of psychology. Second, the oral presentation to faculty, students and invited guests allows a better assessment of oral communication skills that fit within our ALC’s for graduate students.
Process for Completing the TeRP: