Elmhurst Psych Bootcamp

Now is Your Chance to Do Research Like a Psychological Scientist

Join us for the Elmhurst Psychological Science Bootcamp for Community College Students in January.

Open only to community college students, Psych Bootcamp is a unique opportunity for students to earn college credit between Fall and Spring semesters. Psych Bootcamp will provide students with the opportunity to design, conduct, and present research in psychology with the support of faculty mentors. Students will also get a taste of the culture at Elmhurst University through informational and social events with faculty, students, and staff.

  • WHO: Community college students who are interested in psychology
  • WHAT: A 3-semester-hour course (general elective credit)
  • WHERE: Elmhurst University campus
  • WHEN: The first two weeks in January 2023
  • WHY: To enable students to gain valuable psychology research experience at a four-year institution
  • HOW: The cost is $399 ($133 per credit hour)

All students who successfully complete Psych Bootcamp will be offered a $1,000 annual scholarship toward an undergraduate degree program at Elmhurst University.

Click “Request Info” to receive announcements and updates. Registration is now open — click the “Register for Bootcamp” button below.

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Learn More About Psych Bootcamp

This course is open to any community college student who is interested in psychological science.

No. Psych Bootcamp is open to any community college student.

The course will be held at Elmhurst University during the first two weeks in January 2023. Students are expected to attend the entire bootcamp.

  • Week 1: January 3 through January 6 from 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Week 2: January 9 through January 13 from 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

The 3-semester-hour course costs $399 ($133 per semester hour). No financial assistance is available at this time. The fee includes all course materials.

There are no prerequisites. To get the most out of the experience, we recommend that students take an introductory psychology course prior to enrolling in Psych Bootcamp.

The course will be team-taught by active researchers in the field who are full-time faculty in the Department of Psychology at Elmhurst University.

You will experience the science of psychology in a fun and interactive environment. Closely mentored by Psychology faculty with extensive teaching and research experience, you will work in small teams to carry out an original research study.

You will gain experience reading empirical literature, developing a novel hypothesis, collecting data with human participants, analyzing data using statistical software, and presenting results at a poster symposium.

The bootcamp will include networking opportunities, guest speakers, panel discussions, and presentations on topics relevant to the psychology major, including career preparation and graduate school. Programming will also include informational sessions on transfer admission and financial aid advice from representatives from various offices across campus.

No housing is provided. Students must commute to the Elmhurst University campus, which is accessible by car or Metra commuter train.

Some meals and occasional light refreshments will be provided. On most days, students should plan on bringing their own meals/snacks or purchasing on campus. Refrigerators and microwaves will be available.

Registration is now open — click the “Register for  Bootcamp” button above. Admission will be on a rolling basis until the program is full (approximately 20 students).

If you have questions about Psych Bootcamp, please contact the director, Liz Majka, at (630) 617-3447 or liz.majka@elmhurst.edu for more information.

Jessica J. Sim, Ph.D.

Interim Program Director, M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology; Assistant Professor, Psychology
Department of Psychology

Heather H. Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology

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