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Psychology Research Initiative in Diversity Enhancement (PRIDE) Program

What is PRIDE?
  • PRIDE provides a full-time 7-week (Maymester through the end of Summer Session I) mentored summer research experience to psychology majors from underrepresented groups in science (that is, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos of any race, and American Indians/Alaska Natives/Native Hawaiians).
  • Participants are matched with a faculty and graduate-student mentors in clinical, cognitive, social or school psychology, or neuroscience
  • Participants spend 20-25 hours per week in their matched research lab, gaining hands-on research experience in psychology
  • Participants also join weekly professional development series, designed to help students understand how to best prepare for graduate school application
  • Participants showcase their original research project at symposium in the end of the program
  • Housing and diverse social activities with other participants as well as mentors provide a supportive community; Room and board will be provided as needed.

Read an SU news article about PRIDE.

Watch a short video clip about PRIDE.

Why is PRIDE for you?

Summer research programs have been shown to facilitate undergraduate students’ pursuit of scientific careers and to increase the actual pipeline of students pursuing graduate opportunities in science (Hunter, et al 2007; Lopatto, 2007; Pender, et al., 2010). With the goal of broadening the participation in the sciences, especially for students from underrepresented groups, the Department of Psychology created the PRIDE program.

The first PRIDE cohort participated in the summer of 2008. In total, 25 undergraduate students have participated so far. Of the 16 who have graduated from SU, 12 participants went to graduate school (such as PhD programs in clinical psychology and neuroscience and Master’s program in social work).

Who is eligible for PRIDE?

  • Psychology major (including Psychology/Neuroscience majors)
  • Member of one of three underrepresented groups in science (as defined by The National Science Foundation: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos of any race, and American Indians/Alaska Natives/Native Hawaiians).
  • Interested in pursuing a science-related career and attending graduate school
  • Sophomore or junior current class standing preferred
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred

PRIDE in 2018!

Below are faculty mentors who have previously participated in PRIDE. Please click each faculty members’ name to access to their research program and/or lab:

Dr. Kevin Antshel
Dr. Sara Burke
Dr. Amy Criss
Dr. Catherine Cornwell
Dr. Joe Ditre
Dr. Mike Kalish
Dr. Aesoon Park
Dr. Natalie Russo
Dr. Sarah Woolf-King
Dr. Laura Machia

How to apply for PRIDE?

The online application for PRIDE will be open from January 31 to March 1, 2019. You must complete the online application to be considered for the program.
If you have any questions, please contact Academic Support Coordinator, Jessica Shea at