Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Application Instructions


 ~ Please access the application here ~

     Applications are due March 1, 2022

Application Components

  • Contact information / Background / Demographics
  • Current Resume / CV
  • List of research topics of interest (you can find topics here)
  • Personal statements on background, motivations, and goals
  • A letter of recommendation from a reference who can speak to your academic and research capabilities

Personal Statements

These are the personal and background essays that will be found on the application. Each response should about 150-250 words. The essay questions are:

  1. What are your previous experiences with the field of Psychology (coursework, research labs, volunteering, etc.)?
  2. What are you broadly interested in researching and studying within the field of psychology? What makes you motivated to study this?
  3. How did you hear about the S.U.R.E. program and what motivated you to apply? Describe your reasons for wishing to participate in this program.
  4. What are your future goals and aspirations? How might the S.U.R.E. program help you achieve these goals?

Letter of Recommendation

Applicants should provide a letter of recommendation for full consideration into the S.U.R.E. program. Letter writers should be someone who is willing and able to speak to your academic and research potential (professors, instructors, mentors, or advisors are preferred options).

Letter writers can directly submit reference letters to Please have your reference writers include your name in the subject line. Letters can also be uploaded by the applicant in the SURE application. 

* Letters must be received by March 1, 2022.

Selection Process

Participant selection will be done by the Department of Psychology in consultation with prospective graduate student and faculty advisors to assure optimal matching of participant interests to ongoing research projects.

We hope to inform applicants of decisions by mid April 2022. All applicants should hear back regardless of being accepted or not.

Any questions about the application or the S.U.R.E. program in general should be directed to

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