The notion that psychological methods are brought forth as a result of empirical research is commonplace, though knowing where, when, and how to get started is something that weighs on the minds of all budding psychologists. We began this week's meeting with some background information on the importance of psychological research and its methodology, followed by links to on campus programs that serve to bolster the research foundation of those interested. We consistently encourage our members to get their feet wet as soon as possible, as conducting research is an ongoing learning process; As such, our executive board shared their experiences in becoming involved with faculty research. It's important to understand that while inquiries on research should be done in a respectful manner, everyone's start in research is not identical. We felt that sharing example emails between faculty and our executive board student researchers would be an effective way to model the inquiry process, while highlighting the respective nuance. Keeping in mind that not everyone is interested in conducting research, our treasurer Nicole Ibarra spoke on her trajectory and made it clear that; the research route is by no means the sole route to success within psychology. Lastly, vice president Daniela Navarro finished the meeting by going over some dos and don'ts when emailing faculty and requesting letters of recommendation. Making the decision to commit to undergraduate research can be daunting going in alone. We hoped to make the process as clear as possible in presenting the various research opportunities at Cal Poly Pomona, while stressing the process as an option as opposed to an imperative. We maintain that research is essential for the continuation of psychological practice, but it's not for everyone and that is ok!
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