Overview

Academic Immersion (AIM): Introduction to Experimental Psychology combines classroom work in the psychological sciences with the experience of conducting research. Students learn to design and carry out their own experiments, under the supervision of Boston University instructors.

This innovative, three-week program not only provides students with a broad introduction to the field of psychology, but it also gives participants the opportunity to learn how to design and execute research projects.

In the mornings, you will attend seminars on Boston University's Charles River Campus, engaging in psychology coursework and developing important research skills. You will also explore career paths available to those majoring in psychology. In the afternoons, you will work in teams to design and carry out your own experiments, under the supervision of instructors from the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at BU's College of Arts & Sciences (CAS). You and your fellow team members will collect and analyze data in the field, as research psychologists typically do. At the end of the three weeks, you will be able to present the findings of your experiments to your peers and other members of the BU community.

Over the summer, you can expect to:

  • Conduct observational and experimental research
  • Learn research design and data collection
  • Perform data analysis and create impactful visualizations
  • Attend presentations of ongoing, cutting-edge research by BU faculty and professionals in the field of psychology
  • Meet with undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-docs who are working in the psychological sciences
  • Build your communication skills

We also arrange a variety of social activities to foster a strong student community and ensure that you become familiar with the BU campus and Boston. While you will have the opportunity to plan your own free time, you will also participate in weekend group activities—and you can join students in our other programs for a variety of scheduled activities.

Cost and Session Information

Program dates: June 30–July 19

Total charge: $6,300 

The total charge for the AIM program includes tuition, housing, and all meals in the dining hall. It also includes textbooks and all sponsored activities during the three-week program.

The application fee ($50) and spending money are not included in the total charge.

There is no financial aid for the AIM program.

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