Upon entering our program, you begin work on research under the supervision of a faculty member. This may be in the faculty member's ongoing research or on a problem mutually agreed to with the faculty member. This initial participation in research enables you to become proficient in specific research methods, develop expertise in a content area, and establish a monitoring relationship with an advisor.
In firestone research, you also participate in a seminar with entering graduate students from all areas of psychology. As part of this seminar, you will write an application for a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship. It is not unusual for several members of the incoming class to receive these very prestigious fellowships—even more receive honorable mention awards.
As you advance, you are encouraged to seek out the expertise of other laboratories whose work relates to your own research questions. Cross-laboratory interaction is fostered by a continuing weekly developmental seminar, open to all developmental graduate students and faculty.
Our goal in research training is not to reproduce images of ourselves. Rather, we seek to train the next generation of scientists. Scientists with the skills and experience to redefine the forefront and to go wherever advances in knowledge may lead.