In fact, many labs encourage freshman and sophomores to apply for positions in the hope that these students will work in the lab for several semesters and possibly complete senior requirement in … Research experience is very important for anyone considering graduate work in psychology. In many graduate programs, much of your time will be spent doing research. The research experience allows psychology students to actually see just how fascinating psychological research can be. Many psychology labs accept students with varying backgrounds and levels of previous research experience. Everyone (hopefully) knows how broad of a discipline psychology is – the possibilities of research areas are vast.

The Psychology Research Experience Scheme (PRES) is a program intended to develop the undergraduate and master students’ research skills further and encourage them to see research and post-graduate study as a career option on graduation.

Admissions committees for such programs want to know that research is something you have already done, something you are good at, and also something you enjoy and want to continue. The ability to take the knowledge taken from lectures beyond that lecture theatre is a rewarding experience.