August, December, and May Grads – Declare Your Concentration or Complete a Major Plan of Study

Concentration – get it?!

If you are planning to graduate in August 2017, December 2017, or May 2018 and you have not yet declared a concentration in Psychology, please contact me. All students who began their undergraduate education Fall 2015 or later are required to declare a concentration, and any student who began their undergraduate education before then has the option to choose a concentration or graduate without a concentration in Psychology. If you wish to graduate without a concentration, we’ll need to complete a Major Plan of Study (12 hours of approved supporting coursework) prior to graduation.




Advising Office Relocation for SU17

Hi all!

As you may already know, there is some construction going on in the Psychology Building this summer. The lower level (G) is closed for the time being, and the Advising Office has moved upstairs to Room 608. My summer office is Room 615.

During the summer months, please e-mail me to make an appointment. I won’t be available for regular drop-ins during the summer.

Cunningham Children’s Home – Information Session

Are you interested in working with children and adolescents in a clinical setting?

PSYC 340-341 is a year-long service learning course in which students intern at Cunningham Children’s Home, an Urbana residential treatment facility serving children with severe emotional/behavioral problems. Youth are between ages 10 and 17 years.

Internship opportunities include:

Cottage counselors
Teacher’s aides at on-campus schools
Group Home intern
Recreational Therapist intern
Other placements are occasionally available at the discretion of the agency.
This is a year-long sequence. You must commit to taking both PSYC 340 (Fall) and PSYC 341 (Spring).

Find out more at an upcoming information session:
Wednesday, March 8
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Room 21 Psychology Building

Apply here by March 15, or contact Faaiza Khan for more information .

Psychology Concentration Information Meetings

Don’t forget about our Concentration Information Meetings! These will be held every Monday from September 26 – October 31 in Room 142 Psychology Building.

Professors and advisors will be in attendance to answer questions, talk about the major requirements, discuss research opportunities, and more. 

Behavioral Neuroscience
September 26

October 3

October 10

October 17

October 24

October 31

First 10 Days

Hi everybody, and welcome/welcome back!

I will be including this information in an upcoming email to all my students, but I thought I’d use this space to remind you about drop-in advising during the first 10 days of the semester.

August 22 – September 2
The Psychology Advising Office will be open for drop-in/express advising only (15 minutes per person, per meeting). If possible, please limit your questions to registration-related and other time-sensitive issues that must be addressed in the first 10 days. If you need to meet to discuss long-term plans or other matters that would require additional time, please consider making an appointment via the on-line scheduler. My regular schedule of appointments and drop-ins will begin starting Tuesday, September 5.

Apply to be a Psychology Peer Assistant

Monday, March 14th Deadline
Psychology Peer Assistant (2016 – 2017)

The Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office is currently accepting applications for the position of Peer Assistant.

Position Description:
Peer Assistants support incoming freshmen and transfer students with registration for fall classes via UI Integrate during the summer New Student Orientation/Registration Program. Additionally, Peer Assistants provide continuing help to students with registration during regular school year, work with the advising office at outreach events such as the fall LAS Welcome, and assist with other projects and events as needed.

Required Qualifications:
• Current UIUC Psychology major (undergraduate) in good academic standing • Current sophomore or junior standing (plans to graduate December 2016 – May 2018) • Excellent communication skills • Enthusiastic about the Psychology major and department • Demonstrated ability to work well with others • Knowledge of Course Explorer and UI Integrate • Knowledge of campus resources and student organizations
Dates: Summer 2016: May 16 – June 24 with potential advising from June 27 – July 1 based on campus demand.
Dates: Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 – flexible hours based on your academic schedule
Compensation: $8.25 per hour
Application Deadline – 11:59pm on Monday, March 14, 2016
To apply, complete an application online

Contact Gary Wszalek,, with any questions.

Career Information Night – Monday, Feb. 29!


Each spring, the Psychology Department, along with the Alumni Advisory Board, hosts an annual informational opportunity. Alumni from all career paths return to Champaign to share their story with undergraduate students. Through panel discussions and one-on-one conversations, students learn how the psychology degree has assisted in the career journey.

Panel Discussion, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., 142 Psychology Building
Alicia Canario (BS ’92) – Senior Human Resources Manager, Integer/Lake Region Medical
The Honorable Robert Villa (BS ’92) – Associate Judge, Illinois’ Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court
Greg Kyrouac (BS ’78) – Director of Education & Outreach Programs, Center for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
Susan Keller (BS ’92) – Clinical Counselor, University of Illinois Faculty/Staff Assistance Program

Meet the Alumni, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Atrium (1st Floor, Psychology Building)

See a complete list of scheduled participants and a map of their tables in the Atrium at our website!

Register for the May 2016 Psychology Convocation Ceremony

May or August 2016 Graduates

If you want to participate in the May 15, 2016 convocation ceremony, you may register for participation now through April 1st.

Please read through all the information about ordering cap/gown and receiving a free commemorative Psychology t-shirt. Even if you’re not planning on attending the ceremony, you can order a t-shirt.