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Research Experience Program (REP)

The Research Experience Program (REP) is one of three undergraduate certificate programs at KU aimed at providing official recognition of an identified experience on a student's academic transcript. The other two are the Global Awareness Program and the in Service Learning Program REP provides KU students with a unique learning opportunity grounded in KU's role as a major national research university.

Successful completion of this program is noted by a stamp on the student's transcript.

To complete REP certification in Psychology, a student must:

  1. Complete a set of courses designed to enhance their research competency and
  2. must demonstrate competency by presenting research in a public forum
    Course work (one from each category)
    Research design core: PSYC 200, 618, 620, 622 or 624
    Research analysis core: PSYC 210 or equivalent
    Laboratory experience: PSYC 460, 480, 481, 483 or equivalent

Demonstration of Competency (one of the following)
Presentation of work at a conference (local or national)
Authorship/co-authorship on a manuscript submitted for publication
Completion of a senior thesis

Notes on the demonstration of competency: While most psychology undergraduates will complete the course work for the REP certification in due course of study, the demonstration of competency is a student's first real introduction to the community of science. It is a step above and beyond the normal student advancement, and critical component of the REP distinction. The presentation can be at the KU Undergraduate Research symposium or at a national conference such as the annual meeting of the APA. Authorship requires only that the manuscript is submitted for publication, not that is accepted for publication. Using a senior thesis to fulfill this demonstration requires that the thesis is actually completed and accepted.

Completion of the program
Once students have completed the requirements for REP certification, they should download and complete the certification form ( Students should contact Dr. Paul Atchley for final certification or with any additional questions about the program.

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