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Mary E Larimer
PSYCH 499
Seattle Campus

Undergraduate Research

Design and completion of individual research projects. An overall maximum of 18 credits in PSYCH 496, PSYCH 497, PSYCH 498, and PSYCH 499 may apply toward a baccalaureate degree.

Class description

To offer undergraduate students a multifaceted research experience that includes participation in varied research tasks, developing an understanding of pertinent issues involved in developing and implementing of secondary prevention programs for college students, learning about recently published addictive behaviors studies pertinent to our work, and joining a large research team. Although there are a number of projects ongoing at our lab, much of our work has implications for the development of prevention programs. More specifically, though, we aim: to document changes in alcohol consumption, eating behaviors, and gambling and associated problems experiences by different populations (i.e., college students, adolescents); to determine the course of drinking practices in these populations; to test the efficacy of brief interventions; to extend these programs to individuals and groups within the aforementioned populations; and to better understand those who abstain from alcohol consumption and other addictive behaviors.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Attendance at weekly undergraduate research assistant meetings is required. Duties will include recruiting participants, interviewing participants, data collection, library research, database management, data entry and data cleaning. Members of our undergraduate research team are also encouraged to attend lab meetings and brown bag lectures to further their knowledge and understanding of the research process. In addition, undergraduate research assistants will have the opportunity to be trained in the provision of Alcohol Skills Training Programs. Copies of all grants and reprints of publications on the projects will be provided.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Psychology- Number of Credits: Undergraduate research assistants can sign up for 1-3 credits. For each credit a student registers for, 3 hours must be put in each week on the projects (e.g., 1 credit =3 hours per week, 2 credits = 6 hours per week, 3 credits = 9 hours per week). Any work not completed on a given week must be made up by the end of the quarter for credit to be received.

Grading will be based on the following criteria: 1)Attendance and participation at weekly 499 meetings 2)Completion of all assigned tasks, on time and accurately 3)Completion of weekly log sheets summarizing your work on the project 4)Responding within 24 hours to email or telephone correspondence requesting assistance with a task


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Last Update by Mary E Larimer
Date: 03/31/2004