About the Practicum
The research practicum is a non-credit, pass/fail course providing part-time supervised research and laboratory experience to Psychology and Kinesiology and Health Science students. This experiential education (EE) opportunity will help students to obtain research experience, practical training, specialized laboratory training and encourage the development of professionalism and leadership skills. In turn, faculty members will benefit from a structured way of working with their research lab volunteers.
This opportunity might be right for you if:
- You would like to develop your research skills
- You would like your volunteer research experience to be noted on your transcript
- You want to engage in a more structured research volunteer opportunity
- You are ineligible or otherwise unable to engage in research through Research at York (RAY) or Work/Study
- You are ineligible or otherwise unable to enroll in an Independent Study course
- You can commit a minimum of 5 hours/week per term
Students may be engaged in research with faculty members in the Department of Psychology or in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science. Eligibility to enroll is as follows:
Department of Psychology
- PSYC 1010 (minimum grade of C)
- Honours standing
School of Kinesiology and Health Science
- KINE 1000 6.00 and KINE 1020 6.00
- Honours standing
You are eligible to participate if you are a faculty member engaged in research in the Department of Psychology or the School of Kinesiology and Health Science. This opportunity might be right for you if:
- You would like a more structured way of working with your research lab volunteers (e.g. set hours, signed agreement, etc.)
- You would like more flexibility in the types of tasks and projects students support, compared to an Independent Study
- You are committed to helping the student achieve specific learning objectives, and engage them in reflection about their research experience
- You would like to recognize students' volunteer work through a transcript notation
- You would like to incorporate earlier year students into your research program, with the potential to lead to independent study or honours thesis research.
Please note that this opportunity does not count toward a faculty member's teaching load.
- Find a faculty member whose research interests you:
- Contact the faculty member via e-mail to express your interest in volunteering in their lab.
- Have a resume and/or cover letter prepared in case the faculty member requests one.
- Students can complete Part 1 of the agreement (Student Declaration) on their own, but they must meet with the prospective faculty member to complete Part 2 (Faculty Member Declaration),Part 3 (Expectations and Responsibilities) and to sign the form.
- It is in this agreement that the student and faculty member indicate the individualized title for the Research Practicum.
- The Faculty member sends the signed agreement to the Undergraduate Program Office, and the Indemnity Waiver to the Experiential Education Coordinator.
- The student will complete any required training or orientation, as outlined in the Research Practicum Agreement.
- It is only after the course is complete that the individualized course title will appear on the student's transcript.
Frequently Asked Questions
The student will select a course code on the Research Practicum Agreement. The code is chosen based on the number of credits the students has already selected.
KINE 0092 (for students who have earned 24-53 credits)
KINE 0093 (for students who have earned 54-83 credits)
KINE 0094 (for students who have earned 84 or more credits)
PSYC 0092 (for students who have earned 24-53 credits)
PSYC 0093 (for students who have earned 54-83 credits)
PSYC 0094 (for students who have earned 84 or more credits)
The student and the faculty member will collaboratively agree on an individual title for the course, and indicate it in the Research Practicum Agreement. Upon completion of the course, the course title will appear on the student's transcript followed by the Pass/Fail grade. If the title does not appear on the transcript, the student should contact the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS).
- noted on the student's curricular transcript
- open to all students, including part-time, and international students
- not based on financial need
In order to achieve a successful experience, all efforts should be made to ensure that the students' skills and interests are aligned with the needs and objectives of the lab. The first opportunity to do so is when the student initially approaches the faculty member to discuss opportunities in their lab. The Learning Agreement provides a second opportunity for the student and faculty member to clarify the terms and expectations for the experience. Finally, the faculty member and the student must regularly communicate to check in on progress, and to address any arising concerns. The course is an opportunity help students develop their skills, so faculty members must make all efforts to support their learning. Similarly, students' involvement in the lab has real implications on the faculty member's work, so students must ensure professionalism at all times.
- a zero-credit course, so it is not calculated in the student's GPA
- free (students do not pay to enroll)
- unlimited in terms of how many times a student can enroll in the course
- more flexible in regards to types of projects and tasks students complete
EE Readiness Tool: Self-assessment tool to evaluate competencies like critical thinking and team work. You can complete the self-assessment before you start the course, and check your progress by completing it again at the end of the course.
Learning Skills Services: Access resources to improve your effectiveness and efficiency at studying and completing assignments.
Faculty of Health Experiential Education: Learn more about experiential education, and access resources like the aforementioned ones.
Teaching Commons: Support and resources around course design, learning outcomes, assessment, teaching strategies, and more. The Teaching Commons also offers EE workshops and the EE Bootcamp, where you can learn how to implement EE in your course.