Camp Psych - Summer Camp in Psychology

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Camp Psych provides rising high school Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors a window into how psychological science works.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 camp. Please check back later in the year for details about the 2016 camp.

Camp Goals/Overview
Sample Day
Camp Directors
Role of RAs/TAs
Comments from Past Campers and Their Parents
Registration & Logistics, Camp Life, Health/Medical Concerns, College Preparation
Details at a glance
Application Information

StudentsCamp Goals / Overview
The goal of Camp Psych is to provide a window into how psychological science works. What are some of the major questions investigated by psychologists? Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology in a fun, challenging, and engaging environment. Campers will not simply learn about cutting edge issues and research in psychology; they will engage in research themselves. Perfect for students interested in psychology, this camp gives students an insider view of the field as well as preparation for college studies.

Sample Day

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

Topic Introduction: Helping Others: Acting and Failing to Act
- Introduction to the psychological study of helping behavior
- Identify research questions (e.g., Do people help more when they are alone or with their friends?)
- Presentation of cutting-edge research in the field
- Real-world applications and issues (e.g., Applying helping research to address issues of environmental sustainability)
- Break-out discussion groups (e.g., does true altruism exist?)

12:00-1:00 Lunch

Topic Action: Experimental Research on Helping
- Groups break out with RAs to design studies and collect data (e.g., Do happy people help more?)
- Groups summarize results
- Individuals update and write reflections in research portfolio
- Groups present to class

4:00-6:00 Free Choice Hour (e.g., relax in the dorm room, access to the library, time to read/prepare for next day’s sessions, tour campus)
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-9:00 Exploring Gettysburg: Guided Ghost Tour with RAs
9:00-10:00 Wind-down time in dorm rooms
10:00 Curfew

Meier & ScholerCamp Directors
Drs. Brian P. Meier and Abigail A. Scholer, social psychologists with extensive experience in psychological research and teaching, are the directors of Camp Psych. Drs. Meier and Scholer have published over 70 papers in prestigious journals in psychology, regularly present at major psychological conferences, and have received grants, awards, and fellowships for both teaching and research. Brian Meier received both his B.S. and Ph.D. from North Dakota State University and is now an Associate Professor at Gettysburg College. Abigail Scholer, an alumna of Gettysburg College ('00), went on to receive her Ph.D. from Columbia University and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo. Both are thrilled to team up to direct Camp Psych at Gettysburg College. Their passion for psychology is infectious. Their classes are structured so that students are not only introduced to the fundamentals of psychological research methods but also get hands-on experience and opportunities to apply skills to real-world issues.

Role of RAs/TAs

Campers will live in a college residence hall with resident advisors, psychology majors at Gettysburg College. Resident advisors are selected based on their expertise in psychology and their maturity and experience. Resident advisors will work with students in and outside of class to support the goals of the camp and all aspects of the campers' experiences.

Details at a Glance
Where: Gettysburg College Campus
When: June 21-June 26, 2015
How Much: $1,250 for lodging, meals, and activities
Who: Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Application Deadline: Applications for the 2015 camp will open in December or January. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in January until the camp is full. We strongly encourage campers to apply early; your chances of being admitted to the camp are higher if you apply early. However, we do receive applications from many more qualified applicants than we can admit to our camp. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. In making admissions decisions, we carefully review applicant statements and often contact teacher references. We will notify applicants as soon as possible after a decision has been made, but we note that it may take us several weeks after an application has been submitted to send a notification.

Applying to Camp Psych

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 camp. Please check back later in the year for details about the 2016 camp.

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"Camp Psych is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in exploring the science of psychology. Gettysburg College has a highly regarded psychology department, and Professors Meier and Scholer are dynamic faculty who will provide an engaging and energetic introduction to the field.  As both a professor of psychology and parent whose children participated in a wide variety of camps over the years, I am happy to recommend this experience!"

- President Janet Morgan Riggs '77


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