Student Research

Students in the Behavioral Science Department have opportunities to engage in original research, either individually or in collaboration with faculty.

Students have presented research at conferences such as the American Psychological Society, the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, the Pacific Sociological Association, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. There are also a number of journals published by departments and offices across campus that students can pursue publishing in. These experiences add a valuable component to undergraduate education.

Students have the opportunity of receiving  up to 6 credits toward their degree for research work. If you are interested in doing this you need to find a full-time faculty member to work with on research, either having you help them with their current research or having the faculty member mentor you on a project of your choosing. The Independent Study Contract needs to be completed and have all the appropriate signatures of approval to have the course set up. The paperwork is due to your academic advisor at least four weeks before the beginning of the semester you want to enroll in an independent study course. Your advisor will provide you with the contract required and notify you when you can register for the course. Please contact your advisor directly for more information.

Student Research Group

Student Travel Application 

The Department of Behavioral Science occasionally provides small grants to students to help offset the cost of traveling to BESC-related conferences. If you are interested in receiving a grant, you will be required to provide a faculty letter of endorsement, a copy of the conference program, and an invitation to present (if applicable). Once you have these, you may begin the electronic form by entering your full name, UVID, and email. You will be able to upload the required documents within the form itself.

After you electronically sign the form, it will be sent to the program coordinator for approval. From there it moves to the Admin III’s office, where an amount will be awarded by the Department Chair. You will receive emails as your form moves through the approvals. When you receive notification that the form is completed, please come see Peni Norman in CB 211G. She can be contacted at

If you are unsure which department chair to choose, please refer to the following list:
Psychology – Bart Poulson
Family Science – Nathan Cottle
Bachelor of Social Work – LaShawn Williams
Master of Social Work – Lars Eggertsen
Anthropology – David Knowlton
Sociology – Janet Covin

** All correspondence will be sent to the email you provide (or your myUVU email, if you leave it blank). Before contacting our office about the status of you request, please check your student email account.**


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Psychology Club

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Social Work Club

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Job / Volunteer Board

Ongoing Opportunities


New Haven - Job Hotline: (801) 794-1220
Provo Canyon School
Hospice Volunteer Opportunity
Cottonwood Treatment Center
Utah County 4-H Youth Mentor Program
Utah Department of Human Resource Management
Heritage Schools Volunteer Mentor Program
Wasatch Mental Health
Provo Police Victim Services Volunteer/Internship Opportunities
Juvenile Justice Services
Children's Justice Center Child Mentor and Volunteer Program

Attention Students:

Please contact your academic advisor regarding internship policies and procedures. Any opportunities the advisors learn of will be posted on our facebook page and will be included in our weekly email that is sent to our currently attending BESC and BSW students.

We highly recommend students use the resources at these offices in their job and volunteer opportunity search efforts:

UVU Career Development Center
UVU Center for Social Impact