The Department of Psychology, in collaboration with undergraduate (UPSA) and graduate (PGSA; PUMP) associations, offers workshops to address key questions that our undergraduate students typically have. Below is the TENTATIVE workshop schedule for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please check your email regularly for reminders and/or check back at this site for updates. These workshops are designed to provide our students with answers to questions that they might have related to their degree program and/or future aspirations. Please note that these workshops will be held in BSB 164 - space is limited and will be opened on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once completed, slides from these events will be posted.
Upcoming Workshops - Fall 2017 schedule
Monday November 27th, 2017 from 3-4:30 in BSB 164
- Gaining research experience. (ARPY sponsored event) Are you beginning to realize the importance of volunteering in a lab to support your psychology degree but don't know where to start? Come to a talk by York Research Chair and OUCH Lab Director, Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell. The talk is designed to support psychology students find coveted positions in one of York's many amazing psychology labs. Find out the top 5 things to do and NOT TO DO to get the research position you need to support your future goals.
Presented by : Dr. Pillai Riddell
Tentative Workshop Schedule - Winter 2018
Wednesday January 10th, 2018 from 2:30-4pm in BSB 164
- Getting the most out of my program in Psychology. In this workshop we will talk about how to best select courses and how to plan your courses to ensure that you have the pre-requisites to take the courses you need in your final year of study. We will also introduce students to the York-Seneca Rehabilitation Services (YSR) Certificate program as well as the York Humber Applied Behaviour Certificate program, with a focus on who should apply to these program and both when and how to apply. Finally, will also briefly discuss how and why to get involved with a research lab, with a focus on helping you to (a) succeed in finding a lab that is a good fit for you, and (b) being successful once you secure that position.
Monday January 15th, 2018 from 5:30-7pm in BSB 164
- Is the Specialized Honours Program right for me? How do I apply? The Specialized Honours program is designed to benefit you by providing increased training in areas such as statistics and research methods that can make you more competitive and competent in research-oriented graduate programs. You will also receive additional guidance about how to develop the skills that you will need to excel in research-intensive graduate programs and will complete an individually supervised thesis. As of Fall, 2019, only Specialized Honours Students will complete an individually supervised thesis (for Honours students, Psyc 4170 and Psyc 4000 will be fully replaced by Psyc 4180). In this workshop we will talk about whether this program is right for you, how to apply, and the requirements for acceptance and graduation from this program.
Thursday February 15th, 2018 from 5:30-7pm in BSB 164
- Applying to graduate school in psychology. How can I afford it? In this workshop we will discuss all aspects of the graduate school application process for psychology, with a particular focus on those interested in applying to programs in Clinical Psychology. For students applying in the next two years, there will be a special focus on writing the GREs, and applying for external funding, and gaining the experiences that you need to be competitive for these post-graduate programs. In addition, in this session you will hear about the costs and benefits of graduate programs, with a particular focus on how to make program work financially.
Monday March 5th, 2018 from 3:30-5 in BSB 164 (Tentative)
- What careers can I pursue with a Psychology Degree? This workshop, led by the career center, will review the many possible career paths that you can pursue with a psychology degree.
Monday September 11th, 2017
- What undergraduate program in Psychology is right for me? Three-year BA or BSc? Honours BA or BSc? Or should I do Specialized Honours? Am I following the new program or the old program? What are my requirements? As of Fall 2017, the Department of Psychology has introduced new program requirements, and as of Fall, 2019 only Specialized Honours Students will be able to complete an individually supervised thesis (for Honours students, Psyc 4170 and Psyc 4000 will be fully replaced by Psyc 4180). In this workshop we will talk about what these changes mean for you, which program is right for you, and degree requirements for those following both the previous and the new program requirements. We will also talk about who should apply to the Specialized Honours program and what you need to do to ensure that you qualify. presenters: Dr. J. Steele (professor and Associate Undergraduate Program Director) and Valerie Thomas (Academic Advisor in Psychology). Presentation slides: Which Degree Program is Right for Me ?
Thursday September 28th, 2017
- Applying to graduate school in psychology. In this workshop we will discuss all aspects of the graduate school application process for psychology. For students applying this year, there will be a special focus on writing the GREs and applying for external funding. Presentation slides: Applying to Graduate School in Psychology.
Thursday November 16th, 2017
- So you want to be a Clinical Psychologist? In this workshop, you will hear from graduate students and faculty about post-graduate programs in Clinical Psychology. Questions to be addressed include: (a) What options are available and how to decide what type of post-graduate program is right for me? (b) What would I do as a graduate student in a Clinical Psychology program? (c) What do I need to do in order to be a competitive candidate? (d) How to build a strong application?
Presented by : Dr. Rawana and Dr. Fergus (Click here for Presentation Slides)
Below we provide some links to slides and videos from previous workshops, as well as some additional information that you might find useful. Please keep in mind that you can access additional workshops and seminars through a variety of organizations on campus including Calumet college, the learning commons, the writing center, and the career centre.
York Psychology Research Opportunities: How undergraduates can take full advantage of being in a top psychology program
Presented by Dr. Pillai Riddell
York University Psychology has been recently ranked as a top 100
program in the world. Our academic standing is partly due to excellent
students and professors doing internationally recognized research. This was a
workshop about how to match up undergraduate students with professors on
research projects. Most competitive post-undergrad programs require extensive
involvement outside the classroom.
- How to get a position what types of positions are ideal.
- What to expect in a research lab
- How to maximize your time in a research lab.
- How to best strategize your experiential education
- Power point slides of presentation: Research in Psychology.
Applying to Graduate School in Clinical Psychology - Putting Together a Great Application
Presenters: Dr. J. Lewin & graduate students Melissa Cullan and Kim Button
Power point presentation of Applying to Graduate School in Clinical Psychology.
March 2014 Workshops:
Workshop for 3rd year Honours BA and BSc students -
Planning for the 4th year of Honours in Psychology - courses and thesis. 12-2 pm BSB 163
Graduate School in Clinical Psychology - What does it entail? Is it a realistic alternative? what about Counselling? Given by two faculty members, Dr. Karen Fergus from our Adult Clinical area and Dr. Jennine Rawana from our Developmental Clinical area.
- So you want to be a Clinical Psychologist
- Power point slides of presentation
- Click player below for audio only of presentation
FALL TERM - 2012
Coordinator: Saeid Chavoshi
Information sessions will be held on Fridays 11:30am – 1:30pm in Room 163 Behavioral Science Building (across from the Information centre on the ground floor of the building) unless otherwise noted. The information sessions typically last one to two hours. Attendance is voluntary, but recommended. A brief outline of topics to be covered this term is presented below.
Date: Friday September 14th
Workshop will cover information you need to decide which agency to apply to, tips on how to go about it and resources for further information. The internal York application deadlines for OGS, NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR will all be in late September / early October). Watch this site – deadlines will be posted as soon as they are available.
Everyone can apply to OGS and to one of NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR, depending on your planned area of graduate study. You will need 2 transcripts, one for OGS and one for the federal agency you choose. ORDER THESE NOW – click here to Order Transcripts Online. Have them sent directly to the Psychology Graduate Office (BSB 297). The Graduate Office handles all graduate funding applications, even those from undergraduate students.
NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council)
On-line application: See the following website for application instructions and on-line forms, including information for arranging electronic letters of reference:NSERC application website
Transcripts due in Graduate Office: Wednesday October 3, 2012
Intention to apply – email Freda Soltau in the Psychoogy Graduate Studies office by Wednesday October 3, 2012 indicating that you intend to apply (include your full name and student number and the fact that you will be applying at the Masters level)
Final online application deadline: Monday October 22, 2012.
SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)
Application Deadline: Wednesday November 7, 2012
The application in full (application, transcripts, references) must all be submitted to the graduate office by this date.
CIHR (Canadian Institutes for Health Research)
- information not available yet – Deadline will be in Nov or Dec
Date: Friday September 21st
There is a computerized General Test and a Psychology Subject Test. They take place at different places and times. Further details about the GRE will be provided at the workshop.
Test Date for Psychology Subject Test: November 10, 2012
For further information and registration, go to the GRE Website
Date: Friday September 28 2012
This session covers all aspects of the graduate school application process for psychology. Information is also given on the selection process.