|Special Opportunities for Students
Psychology Club. The McMurry Psychology Club "TRI-PSY" is designed to promote interest in psychology, to provide psychological activities beyond the usual classroom situation, to enhance contacts between students and local psychologists, and to encourage fellowship among psychology students. It is open to all students with an interest in the science of psychology.
Psi Chi. The McMurry University chapter of Psi Chi was chartered in April 1999. Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology, founded in 1929, for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to all graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications: having completed nine hours of psychology course work, having completed at least three semesters of college-level education, being registered as a psychology major or minor, having a minimum psychology GPA of 3.00, and falling within the upper 35% of their class in general scholarship.
Departmental Awards. Each spring, awards are presented to outstanding students at the sophomore, junior, and senior levels. The outstanding sophomore is awarded the Evelyn Hennig Memorial Scholarship, to be used during the student's junior year. The outstanding junior is awarded the O.P. Clark Scholarship, to be used during the student's senior year. Outstanding seniors are also eligible to compete for the Abilene Regional Center Mental Health-Mental Retardation Award for Excellence in the Behavioral or Social Sciences. In addition, the Robert Dean Bouldin Endowed Scholarship is awarded each year to an exceptional entering freshman or second year transfer student majoring in Psychology or Sociology, and demonstrating financial need.
Computerized Psychology Lab. Principles of learning, social psychology, and experimental psychology all have a computerized lab associated with them in which students gain practical research experience in those topic areas.
Senior Seminar in Psychology. This is a course is designed to stimulate critical thinking and initiate debate on a number of diverse controversial issues in psychology. The emphasis is on explaining different theoretical approaches to psychological issues and how they can be integrated into a conceptual whole. It is team-taught by two full-time faculty members and is intended as a capstone course for the psychology major at McMurry University.
Research Opportunities. Faculty are involved with ongoing research in their specialty areas. Interested students may work with faculty on these research projects or plan and implement research of their own under the supervision of a faculty member.
Internship in Psychology. Senior-level psychology majors are encouraged to consider participation in the internship program, PSYC 4388. It is intended as an upper level elective for psychology majors and is a pre-approved and supervised work experience designed to supplement academic training. Students will work 150 hours at a local agency and attend weekly supervisory meetings. Interested students should discuss this course with the psychology faculty October 1 for spring semester placement and by March 1 for summer or fall semester placement. In the program, students receive meaningful practical experience by working in a mental health setting to see how the theoretical concepts of psychology are put in practice.