Psychology faculty conduct research studies to discover new knowledge. Undergraduates play an integral role in that process. As early as during their first year on campus, students begin working in research labs alongside graduate students and faculty members. Students can work with state-of-the-art equipment and methods to answer questions about the brain, cognition, and behavior. Many students subsequently conduct their own research that culminates in conference presentations or distinction projects. SMU provides a number of opportunities for students to receive funding for their own studies.