The Department of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers graduate programs that emphasize the development of research and teaching excellence, collegial partnerships between students and faculty, and the cross-fertilization of ideas between specializations in the context of a rigorous, but flexible, training program. The graduate program is small enough to offer individual attention to each graduate student, yet large enough to provide a broadly-based foundation for research and scholarship. Consequently, graduate students quickly become involved in the department's diverse research activities, teaching opportunities, applied practica and internships, and governance processes.
The psychology graduate program is one of the largest graduate programs in the university. There are five focused programs (neuroscience and behavior, clinical, cognitive, social, developmental) and the interdisciplinary program in law/Psychology. There are approximately 100 full-time graduate students enrolled in the psychology graduateprogram during a typical semester. Students come from all over Nebraska, the U.S., and the world to pursue graduate training in psychology at UNL. One unique aspect of the psychology graduate program is its dual focus on rigorous research training and excellence in teaching. As is evident from the articles elsewhere in this newsletter, the graduate programs are research-intensive and offer many opportunities for students to engage in collaborative and independent research.
In addition, students have numerous teaching opportunities open to them. As teaching assistants, they gain teaching experience instructing undergraduates while working closely with faculty. As lead instructors, students design their own courses and build their teaching portfolios. Support for developing teaching skills is provided both within the department (e.g., a course on Teaching Methods for Psychology is offered each Fall) and by other units at UNL (e.g., periodic workshops sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies). By taking advantage of these opportunities, psychology graduate students have won University-wide teaching awards.
Graduates from the psychology department at UNL go on to a wide variety of careers after obtaining their doctorates. Recent graduates have gone into a variety of academic and nonacademic positions. Those pursuing careers in academia have entered post-doctoral positions at research universities, or gone directly into faculty positions at research universities and liberal arts colleges across the U.S. Other students have gone into consulting or policy positions in the private sector, or into research positions at state or federal agencies.
The graduate program in psychology at the University of Nebraska?Lincoln is a top-rated program with a distinguished faculty and a vibrant student body. The department will no doubt play a significant role in the future of psychological research, preparing scholars who will disseminate their knowledge and experience to future generations of scholars across the country and the world.