What is a Research Elective?Students selected to participate in a research elective may help in designing the experiment or observational study, acquire empirical data, be trained in using measurement equipment, analyze empirical data, or take part in other parts of the research project. Students must write a short research elective report of maximally 5 pages about the obtained practical experience. Students are expected to spend 84 hours on the Research Elective (or 168 hours on a Long Research Elective), which includes practical work and the elective report. The principal investigator of the project will supervise the practical work and grade the elective report.
How to apply for a Research ElectiveIn the list below, you can find access to Research Electives that are offered by FPN/FHML staff. The electives are organized by RM track of the staff, but you are free to browse and apply to any of the electives of any track, given your interest and match to the project requirements. When you encounter an elective of your interest, contact the supervisor (by email or simply drop by their office) and see whether you can participate in the project. Decision to participate may depend on several factors, including (but not limited to) your match to the project requirements, timing and scheduling of the project, to what degree you possess required skills or theoretical knowledge, and vacancy in the project. If you and the supervisor reach a common decision to collaborate on the project, register yourself to the elective via the DorsWebApp Elective Application form. Apply for a Research Elective one project at a time! Start by applying to your most "favourite" elective and, in case you cannot join the project, move on to the next elective on your "favourite electives" list. Do NOT "shop around and spread your chances" by sending out applications to multiple projects at once. This causes miscommunication and unnecessary frustration for both the contacted supervisors as well as you, the applying student, and puts an unnecessary processing burden on the DorsWebApp server.
In some circumstances, you and the supervisor may newly develop an elective project that is not listed on AskPsy. In that case, the elective supervisor must submit a short description of the newly developed elective (via DorsWebApp), which the RM Electives coordinator must accept before you can start and register yourself to the elective. Acceptance of newly developed electives is not guaranteed, and making appropriate changes to the elective project may delay you starting the elective!
Format of the Elective Report
The format and contents of the Research Elective Report highly depends on the format and contents of your elective project. Some example formats are listed below:
- The report can be a general paper-style description of the tasks you performed and the results that you found. Keep the discussion of background literature to a minimum (that is what the Review Elective is for) and focus on the tasks and results.
- If your elective includes programming or coding an experiment, analysis, visualization, etc., the report can be a well-annotated (!) copy of the code that you created. Be sure that your code is error-free and runs the way that it should!
- If your elective focuses on using particular methodologies or non-standard analyses, your report can be a step-by-step How-To manual of said method or analysis with example screenshots from your own work. Be sure that someone else is able to follow your manual through without problems!
- If your elective focuses on data collection or lab management, your report can be a Lab Log of the events that occurred in the lab, or a How-To lab manual that describes important steps in running the experiment in the lab. Be sure to anonymize any participant references in your report.
Submitting the final Review manuscript for grading
To finish the elective, your supervisor must grade the Elective report + your practical performance during the elective. You must submit the Elective report on DorsWebApp, which will then forward the document to your supervisor. Note that you must be registered to the Research Elective project on DorsWebApp in order to submit the document. The day and time of submission will be automatically registered as the official moment that you finished the elective.
The elective must be completed and graded before the start of the internship. When you submitted the elective but do not see the grade listed on your gradelist, contact the RM Electives coordinator in time. We can then figure out whether the supervisor has not yet finished grading, has not yet submitted the grade on DorsWebApp or whether there is an unexpected error or delay in processing the grade. Do not wait until the day before you start the internship to contact the RM Electives coordinator! You are responsible for finishing your elective in time and signalling any unexpected events about the elective.