Date: Tuesday January 31, 2023
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM PST
Location: Online via Zoom

Event Details

This event featured the Department of Psychology's Dr. Molly Cairncross (Clinical) and Dr. Brianne Kent (Cognitive & Neural Sciences), as well as current graduate students Ryan deKergommeaux (Cognitive & Neural Sciences) and Natasha Usenko (Clinical & Forensic) who shared their experiences and advice about psychology graduate school.


Unanswered questions received during our Q&A session have been compiled below. These responses are based on the speakers' personal experiences and might not be applicable to your graduate program application. For specific admission information, please refer directly to the graduate program you are applying to.

Are there currently any labs taking volunteers/RAs?

Rather than applying at any lab with openings, consider what area of research you are interested in, what labs you are specifically interested in, and reach out personally to the professors/directors of the lab. Demonstrating a keen interest in a subject matter is important when it comes to considering what lab to volunteer in.  

I am a third year student without an honours thesis, and no experience yet in the field. Would taking a gap year make it even more difficult for me to get into grad school? Or would a gap year benefit me if I used the time to gain experience in the field first before applying?

Many people, with and without an Honours thesis and/or field experience take a gap year.  If you are considering applying to a clinical program, they look at an applicant’s research experience, grades, and teaching experience.  As such, taking a gap year to help build up your Cv in any of these areas is always a good idea - the more experience you have and can speak to, the stronger candidate you will be when applying for graduate training.