Activities and Opportunities

You are not alone. As a Ball State psychology student, you’ll find amazing levels of support as you determine the direction of your education and your career. You’ll also find generous financial support, through scholarships and grants. You’ll grow through the support of fellow students as well as academic and industry backers who are committed to your success and opportunity. And you’ll be presented with many opportunities for recognition of your academic and research achievements.

Grants and awards provide strong encouragement for psychology research. Research grants are available to cover some of the expenses and supplies required for research. Awards provide meaningful recognition upon completion of meaningful research, and may even feature monetary prizes.

The Department of Psychological Science awards three scholarships annually (the W.W. Renke Memorial Scholarship, the Dr. Robert E. Hill Jr. Scholarship, and the William R. Clark Scholarship) and one biannually (the Dr. Hilda Gordon Scholarship) to acknowledge and support undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in academic work, professional development, commitment to the field of psychology and/or commitment to a liberal education. Each scholarship has slightly different criteria, which are summarized on the scholarship information page.

Ball State University has a chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology. Each year, we recognize students who meet the membership requirements for the society.The organization is all about advancing science and supporting excellence in scholarship. Simply being inducted into Psi Chi is an honor, a recognition of strong academic accomplishment. Membership in the society then builds upon that honor by stimulating academic and professional growth, fellowship, and practical experience.

Offering more opportunity for recognition is our annual poster session, in which undergraduate and graduate students present their research. On the calendar every April, it’s a great way to focus and share your research efforts—and also impress graduate school admissions committees or potential employers.

Also spotlighting outstanding academic achievement in psychological science is the Departmental Honors Program.  If you’re at least a junior, have a 3.50 or higher GPA, and decide to work on an honors thesis under the watchful eye of a Ph.D. faculty mentor, you’re eligible to apply for departmental honors.

Of course, you won’t be in the position to land grants, awards, and recognitions without first uncovering any financial support you need to become a student. Among the many kinds of financial aid available to you as a Ball State student are departmental and university scholarships that are awarded every year to dedicated psychology students.

Behind these many opportunities and guiding you as you seek them and ponder your academic and professional careers is our Advising and Resource Center (ARC). The ARC is staffed by graduate assistants and undergraduate student volunteers who are there to help you explore your academic interests, choose a faculty advisor, and, in general, make solid decisions about your studies and your career plans. The center also can connect you with printed and online resources for academic and career planning.