PNP offers numerous opportunities for undergraduate research. If you are just starting to think about a research project, a good first step is to visit the Office of Undergraduate Research. You can also discuss possible research venues with faculty working in the area in which you might be working.
Many PNP students also participate in Mind, Brain, and Behavior, a two-semester sequence open to a limited number of incoming first year students program. After completing a year-long course integrating material from psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy, students can enroll in MBB 300 and conduct a large research project in their sophomore year.
Students can count 3 credits of independent study in a PNP-affiliated discipline (i.e. Psychology 500, Biology 500, etc.) towards their PNP requirements. Many students choose this option, and they generally find that their research and their PNP coursework illuminate each other. Details can be found on the Independent Study web page.
Students with a sufficiently high GPA are eligible top participate in the PNP Honors Program (PNP 499) in their senior year. Honors students conduct research for and write a thesis under the supervision of two PNP faculty members, at least one of whom is a Core PNP faculty member. The aim of the program is to enable students to look at one aspect of the mind--their chosen topic--both empirically and philosophically. You might, for instance, examine aspects of perception by investigating visual attention in a psychology lab while studying the philosophy of perception. (While it would be most natural to choose a PNP-affiliated faculty member as the non-core mentor for an honors project, non-PNP-affiliated faculty can also serve.) For detailed information on the Honors program, please visit the Honors web page.