Additional Training Opportunities

Focus-Area Research Meeting (FARM)

FARM is an important space for honing presentation skills, especially when it comes to explaining your research to a diverse audience. It’s a forum to broaden our understanding of various aspects of psychological science. FARM provides students with important professional development opportunities, expands students’ knowledge, and can pave the way for collaborations between labs.

All ETC faculty and graduate students come together every other week to share their research. Each lab has at least one dedicated presentation day per year, with faculty and/or students presenting on their current research and other professional developments. Although the context is informal, presenters often use this opportunity to practice job talks and conference presentations.



The department hosts regular talks by invited national and international scholars. These talks provide opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research from researchers outside the department and provides the opportunity for making professional connections across the field of psychological science.


UA Integrative Systems Neuroscience Seminars Series

The Neuroscience Seminars Series is a monthly meeting which is intended for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students across the university with the interest in neuroscience to present their work and develop collaborations. The brain is both the greatest unsolved scientific mystery and one of the most important challenges in medicine. The UA Integrative Systems Neuroscience group tackles this challenge by integrating across levels of analysis from genes to molecules, to synapses, to neurons, to networks, and finally to behavior and cognition. We combine diverse experimental techniques, computation, and theory. An integrated systems approach is required to advance understanding of the brain. The expertise and labs that make up the Integrative Systems Neuroscience group span multiple disciplines, departments, and colleges at UA. Click HERE for more information.


Research and Reading Groups

Although the combined experimental psychology program serves to broaden students’ interests and knowledge, there are also dedicated opportunities for specialized training in students’ subfields. These research and reading groups give students the opportunity to read, discuss, develop, and disseminate cutting-edge research in their areas of interest.

For example, faculty and graduate students interested in social psychology meet every other week for “Social Group” where research projects are discussed and inside jokes are born. Discussions typically focus on aspects of the research process including the development of research ideas and sharing feedback on data, manuscripts, and reviews. Matters related to professional development are discussed as well.

As an example of a reading group, faculty and graduate students interested in psychoneuroendocrinology (from both ETC and CTC) meet several times during each semester to read and discuss articles that make important methodological and/or theoretical contributions to the field.


Teaching as Instructor of Record

Most students serve as teaching assistants early in their degree. After completing the requirements of their master’s degree, students have the opportunity to develop and hone their teaching skills by being the instructor of record for an undergraduate course, usually General Psychology. In order to take advantage of this teaching opportunity, students must first take the Seminar in Teaching graduate course.


R-Ladies Fayetteville

Our mission mirrors that of R-Ladies global, which is to promote gender diversity in the field of R. We support R users in the NWA area in developing technical skills while also creating a space for different levels of use and knowledge. We help connect R users to opportunities within the NWA community. Finally, we empower marginalized users of R by creating a space for them to teach and speak to the community. If you are part of R- Ladies Fayetteville, you will have the chance to learn new skills from workshops and webinars.