PSYCHOLOGY INSPIRE is integral to the Department of Psychology's longstanding commitment
to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue graduate degrees
in the social and behavioral sciences.
PSYCHOLOGY INSPIRE is offered during the summer of each academic year. The program
brings undergraduate and high school students to the University of Memphis campus
for a research internship program. The program is coordinated by the research staff
of the Community Outreach Lab under the direction of Theresa Montgomery Okwumabua,
Ph.D. Events and activities showcase five main programmatic themes including lab and
research experiences, seminars and lectures, professional development, mentoring,
and networking. Interns work side-by-side with faculty and graduate student mentors
on a guided research project, attend weekly seminars and assist in implementing a
community-based intervention. Students present their work at a program sponsored mini-conference
at the end of the program.
The 2010 program will run from June 1st through July 16th and require a 40-hour time
commitment per week. Approximately 20 hours per week will be devoted to research conducted
by faculty and graduate students in the Department of Psychology. The remaining time
will be spent implementing a community-based intervention and in educational seminars
and independent study, including weekly research team meetings, professional development
seminars, and research program seminars.
Although the internship is unpaid for high school students and undergraduates only
receive a small stipend to offset some expenses they may incur, the internship offers
students a chance to learn more about the field of psychology and to work closely
with highly qualified faculty and graduate student researchers. The benefits to students
The 2010 program formally begins on Tuesday, June 1st with orientation activities.
There will be a holiday break on July 2nd and July 5th.
Only students who are junior or seniors at the time the internship begins are eligible
for the High School Program. This includes seniors who may have recently graduated
from high school.
Undergraduates interested in the program should have completed at least their second (sophomore) year of undergraduate education by the time the