Center for Achievement in Psychological Sciences (CAPS)
About the Program
Center for Achievement in Psychological Science (CAPS) is designed to connect psychology students with on-campus resources relevant to helping them complete their degree or pursue a career in psychology. We offer office hours with peer mentors (Senior Fellows) who can answer your questions about topics such as "what is this professor's class like?" to "what is APA format?!"
We also offer a wide range of fun activities and events throughout the semester. We also have a physical space in room Sierra Hall 304 for a space to hangout, charge your device, work on a computer, meet new friends, or see what's new in the psychology department. Team CAPS hopes to help you find your psychology family!
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR Spring 2019!
Applications are due December 1st! See links below to apply.
- Wanting to meet new friends?
- Wanting to help others navigate the psychology major?
- Wanting opportunities to volunteer and help others? Want opportunities for professional development?
- Need elite access to on-campus printing?
- You may be interested in CAPS' fellowship mentoring program!
There are two tiers to the program.
- Join as a freshman or sophomore to become a "FELLOW". To apply for Fall 2018, please complete the Fellow Interest Form by December 1st.
- Join as a junior or senior to become a "SENIOR FELLOW" for Fall 2018. You must first check if there is availability to join. Note: You will need a recommendation form from a faculty member, and will enroll in PSY 499 (1unit), B (2 units), or C (3 units). To view further information, and apply, please fill out the Senior Fellow Interest Form by December 1st.
- NOTE: ALL students need to save Saturday February 2nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for training day. Senior Fellows are REQUIRED to attend this to stay enrolled in the program.
- If you're a faculty member that is completing a form of recommendation for a CAPS senior fellow, please fill out our online Faculty Recommendation Form.
Get Involved in Research
Interesting in joining a research lab? Check out our list of full-time faculty here. Click on each faculty's name, read through their bios or click on their websites to get a sense of the type of research they work on and find out if they're accepting students! Some faculty may not have information on their websites or bios about accepting students. Please feel free to email any faculty to get more information! Faculty expect that students reach out, or stop by office hours, to get more information about their research, so please don't hesitate to reach out. Here is a sample email that you might send to a faculty member to see if they're accepting students:
Dear Professor XXXX,
I am a [fresh/soph/junior/senior] psychology major. I recently read your bio(or website), and found your research on XXXX interesting. I especially found XXXX interesting!
I was wondering if you're currently accepting research students into your lab. If so, how may I go about applying?
Thank you for your time,
Health and Well Being Resources:
- University Counseling: Many students experience stress and challenges during their university years. University Counseling Services (UCS) provides free and confidential consultations to help students deal with academic stress, relationship problems, family or roommate conflicts, personal growth and crisis events (e.g., divorce, assault) and other mental health issues (e.g., anxiety, depression). Visit UCS in Bayramian Hall 250 or call them at 818-677-2366 or 818-677-7834 (TTY).
- Student Success Allies (no web page available): Students helping students! This is a group of masters in social work students that want to help YOU succeed. The CSBS Student Allies team are MSW Students who provide immediate response to support students in crisis and case management as needed under the direct supervision of a Faculty LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). In addition to being a near-peer support, the allies can also help those students who need more intensive services connect to off campus programs. For information contact Tiffany Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 677-6460.
- Oasis Center: The Oasis is a welcoming destination where CSUN students can find serenity and relaxation amid the rush and activity of campus life. It offers nutrition counseling, meditation, massages, acupuncture, nap pods and workshops focused on wellness and managing stress — all intended to promote student academic success
- Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES): If you have a disability or need accommodations for your learning, you can register with the Center on Disabilities and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES; Bayramian Hall, Room 110; 818-677-2684) or the National Center on Deafness (NCOD; Jeanne Chisholm Hall; 818-677-2611).
- Learning Resource & Writing Center: Need help with MATH 140? Looking for help with writing or grammar tips? Here is your spot! The Learning Resource Center (LRC) and the Writing Center at the LRC are available to help students improve their writing, critical thinking, and communication. Visit the LRC in Bayramian Hall room 408, or call them at 818-677-2033.
- College Student Success Team: The CSBS Student Success Team works with YOU to ensure you are on track for successful graduation.
- CSBS Statistics and Writing Tutors: Many psychology students that are enrolled in PSY 320/L or PSY 321/L find this resource useful! A place to find help with statistics and writing. Drop in during their hours, listed on their website!
- Campus Mentorship Program
Financial Resources: At this link you'll find a list of several resources to help with finances, including paying your tuition, living expenses, or financial planning.
Careers in Psychology: Job and Internship Information
There are several upcoming events, as well as links to resources for your to explore here!
- Dr. Plunkett has created a web page with lots of information about job resources. You can access that HERE.
- Our career center has unique resources for you, including various on-campus job and internship fairs! Their website and list of events are located HERE
- Explore webinars designed to introduce psychology majors to unique career paths!