"Working with actual participants to conduct authentic research was a blast..."
Junior, Baylor U.
"I will never forget my time spent in the SURE program. It has by far been one of the best summers I have experienced. I was able to meet tons of amazing people and gain an immense amount of information about graduate school programs in psychology. Working with actual participants to conduct authentic research was a blast and an invaluable experience for anyone considering a future in research. The vast amount of knowledge that I was able to soak up while in this program will for sure put me at a great advantage - not only for applying to graduate school, but also for succeeding in any future endeavors I may plan to pursue. All in all, it was an amazing experience and I highly recommend this program to anyone considering a future in any field of psychology."
"Living the life of a researcher... "
Senior, UT Austin
Outstanding Student of the Year (University-wide) 2008
"Through the SURE program I was able to see research outside of the textbook - To give an analogy, it is the difference between reading about how to perform a surgery and actually cutting skin and tissue. Before SURE I did not know the logistics involved in creating and conducting a study or if I was going to like research. I also did not know the unconventional lifestyles of grad students and research psychologists.
In SURE, I had the opportunity to live the life of a researcher. I contributed ideas in lab meetings, conduct experiments alongside grad students, analyzed data, and partook in the monotonous but necessary (and at times interesting) component of research - data entry. Additionally, the weekly speakers gave us insight on the variety of research, programs, and careers available in psychology. By interning with SURE, I have gained invaluable knowledge, exposure, and skills and with this foundation I can better identify my interests and be more confident in the direction I will take in the future."
"A great learning experience..."
Senior, UT El Paso
"Being part of the SURE program was a great learning experience, I will definitely do it all over again! It allowed me to enhance my knowledge about various graduate programs, and the application process. The guidance and support that the professors, mentors, and other graduate students give you is very valuable and helpful. I was able to get direct research experience and develop my own research project. I also had the opportunity to interact and learn from professionals from diverse areas within the field of psychology. Before the program I was not sure about what I wanted to do, but this truly helped me define my interests and be more confident about the path I want to take."
Sophmore, Rice University
"I am a rising senior psychology and cognitive sciences major from Rice University. During this past summer, I had an amazing experience and look into the world of the psychology graduate program through the SURE program at the University of Texas at Austin. I had the opportunity of working in both Dr. Christopher Beevers’s and Dr. Jamie Pennebaker’s labs this summer. I was able to actively participate in the research occurring in both labs as well as interacting with the graduate students in both labs. Before this summer, I thought that I had an idea about what to expect in graduate school and how to go about applying. However, it soon became apparent that there was much for me to learn. The weekly seminars provided through the SURE program allowed me to learn everything that I needed to know about applying to psychology graduate programs. I also had the opportunity of working with a graduate student mentor. With the help of my mentor, I selected the programs that I am most interested in applying, and I developed a template for my personal statement that will aid me when I am filling out applications. Overall I do not think that I would have been able to get this kind of experience from any other summer research program."
"The SURE program was, without a doubt, the best summer experience of my life! It was not only greatly informative, in regards to how to get into graduate school and what to expect after getting in, but also interesting and fun, with being able to meet and develop friendships with students from other universities. One of the most valuable things that I got out of this experience was being able to be hands-on with all of the steps that go into conducting a study from beginning (actually going out and collecting the data) to end (analyzing and writing a report about the data). Overall, this experience has helped me become more knowledgeable, confident, and excited about all the facets of graduate school."
“Through the SURE Program I was able to gain more hands on experience in doing research. I felt as if I was more than just an ordinary research assistant. I was able to do more data collection, entry, and analysis on my own with guidance of my wonderful mentors. I definitely feel that I will have an edge up on anyone else applying for graduate school because if this experience. The SURE program proved to be an invaluable tool that I encourage anyone to seek."
“... one of the best decisions I could have made”
"Participating in the SURE program was one of the best decisions I could have made. It not only allowed me to network with graduate students and professors but it also gave me a first hand experience as to how graduate school operates. I got to see different kinds of labs and research projects which made me realize that I want to pursue my Ph. D in Psychology. Our weekly meetings with professors and speakers from the various fields and departments were very helpful in guiding my decision to pursue a doctorate in the Social Psychology field of Psychology. They were also very helpful in guiding us through the Graduate School application process. Additionally everybody from professors, faculty and even graduate students were open in answering questions we had and even eager to listen to our research ideas."
“...you cannot lose with this program!”
"The SURE program is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with research during the Summer and the included stipend conveniently covers your costs so that you can focus on gaining valuable experience. If graduate school is in your future, you cannot lose with this program!"
“...it gives you experience”
Junior, UT El Paso
"The SURE internship program is a great opportunity for students to learn more about the field of psychology and your future should you choose to continue on it. During the summer I had the opportunity to work in different labs with exceptional professors, graduate students and others that gave me a clear understanding of my future career options. Any student that plans to continue on a psychology degree should grab opportunities such as this one, it gives you experience and it helps you in the choices and challenges lying ahead. Great summer and a very unique experience."
“... a door of opportunity”
"The SURE program was a door of opportunity into the research world. Not only did I learn copious amounts of information about the subject I wanted to research (clinical/community psych). I was able to make strong connections within the department at UT and in the outside world. I felt that everyday at work I had a purpose, whether it was meeting with graduate students in the clinical program or contributing to research being done. I was able to get experience doing a broad range of tasks including: project development, running participants, literature searches, and even working on manuscripts. I have truly enjoyed this worthwhile experience, and I now feel so much more prepared for graduate school."
“... helped me realize what I was suppose to do while applying to graduate school”
“Being part of the SURE program has made me understand what it takes and what you need to get into graduate school. Weekly meetings in which professors told us all about the application process like what to do and what to avoid helped me realize what I was suppose to do while applying to graduate school.
A personal mentorship plan in which a graduate student matched with your own study interests shared their own experience in applying, getting into a good program, talk about general graduate life and help with any doubts concerning any aspect of graduate school is also part of the program. This helped me really understand what graduate school is like and what is expected from each student.
Working in various laboratories was a very satisfying experience as I was running participants, entering data and analyzing it as well. All this was very closely supervised by graduate students and faculty members.
I believe this has helped me enormously in understanding what my long term goals are and how to pursue them.”