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Psychology Research Initiative in Diversity Enhancement (PRIDE) Program

What is PRIDE?

  • PRIDE provides a 7-week (Maymester through the end of Summer Session I) mentored summer research experience to psychology majors from ethnic minority backgrounds
  • 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

Watch a short video clip of PRIDE.

Read an SU news article 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?

  • Sophomore or junior current class standing
  • Psychology major (including Psychology/Neuroscience majors)
  • Member of one of underrepresented ethnic minorities in psychology: African American, Hispanic, American Indian
  • Interested in pursuing a science-related career and attending graduate school
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred

PRIDE in 2017!

Program dates: May 15 – June 30, 2017

The list of faculty mentors for 2017 will be available soon.Below are faculty mentors from 2016 (in alphabetical order). Please click each faculty members’ name to access to their research program and/or lab:

Dr. Kevin Antshel
Dr. Amy Criss
Dr. Catherine Cornwell
Dr. Joe Ditre
Dr. Mike Kalish
Dr. Aesoon Park

How to apply for PRIDE?

Complete the application by March 5th, 2017.
The Alport TA located in 415 Huntington Hall, Elizabeth McKernan (, with any questions.