Academic Advising

Our mission is to serve as a liaison between undergraduate psychology students and the university‚Äôs administration. We strive to empower students to take ownership of their college experience while offering support, resources and information. We also serve to advocate for students as well as the university. Our highest aspiration is to make our students feel valued while positively contributing to their academic success.

Psychology Undergraduate Advising, known as PSYUGRAD, serves to advise all psychology sophomores, juniors, and seniors with scheduled appointments. Advisors are available for scheduled appointments during regular office hours (see schedule below.)

PSYUGRAD advisers offer students support, resources, and information and assist students with:

  • career/educational planning
  • the navigation of university procedures, appeals processes, rules and regulations
  • course selection
  • on-time progress toward the degree
  • research internship/service learning placement assistance
  • planning for graduate school and application preparation 

Students are encouraged to be in touch with the PSYUGRAD advising center early and often to resolve questions about degree requirements, course selection, graduation checks, and other academic matters.

Undergraduate Research

Much of the research VCU Psychology faculty conduct includes opportunities for majors to gain research experience and earn research internship credit. Students who register for PSYC 494, Research Internship, are mentored by a faculty member and are often part of a team working on various phases of a research project (design, data collection, data entry, data analysis). Research internships enhance the undergraduate experience and can support career/educational goals such as graduate school or post-baccalaureate employment. 

Psychology research opportunities are primarily advertised through the semi- annual PSYC 494 Research Recruitment Fair hosted by PSYUGRAD Advising. Please see the PSYUGRAD Blackboard site for upcoming event dates. Additional opportunities not represented at the fair are advertised on the PSYUGRAD Blackboard site. Permission of a faculty research supervisor must be obtained prior to registration. Prerequisites include PSY 214, 317, or permission of instructor.

Office Hours

Summer 2020 hours May 18, 2020 - August 7, 2020

Monday          10:00 - 4:30 (10:00 - 11:00)
Tuesday          10:00 - 4:30 (10:00 - 12:00)
Wednesday    10:00 - 4:30  (3:30 -4:30)
Thursday        10:00 - 4:30  (3:30 - 4:30)
Friday              9:00 - 4:00   (2:00 - 4:00)
Hours in parentheses are designated for students who need to change their major or for students who do not have an appointment, but need to speak with an academic advisor.
Advising appointments will be via email, phone, or Zoom until further notice.

Location and Contact Information

806 West Franklin Street, room 107
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018
Phone: (804) 828-1239

Email: psyugrad@vcu.edu

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