Participation in the Human Performance Rhythms Laboratory

Undergraduate students: Undergraduate students join the Human Performance Rhythms (HPR) Lab as research assistants by taking 2-3 psychology research credits per semester, or by completing a Schreyer Honors College Thesis Project on a research topic relevant to the lab (as described on our website pages).

Typical course prerequisites for joining the lab are PSYCH 301W (Basic Research Methods in Psychology) and STAT 200 (Elementary Statistics). However, in certain cases these requirements may be waived. Priority will be given to students who commit to at least one year in the lab –due to training time needed for particular research projects.

Academic research credits for lab participation are through the following courses:

PSYCH 294 Research Project – First-time supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

PSYCH 494 Research Projects – Advanced supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

PSYCH 493 Senior Thesis – Supervised senior thesis research in psychology.
Prerequisite: approval of a thesis adviser in the department and seventh-semester standing.

Graduate students: Graduate students can join the Human Performance Rhythms through the Cognitive Psychology Ph.D. Program in the Department of Psychology or as a complemental experience to working on a psychology Ph.D. or another graduate degree at Penn State University.

Please contact Dr. Frederick Brown in 117 Moore Bldg. directly if you are interested in joining the lab, at and 814-863-1716.


Requirements for Letter of Recommendations

Writing an effective letter of recommendation takes effort, and I receive many requests. To complete yours, I will need the following to complete it as quickly as possible.

1. A copy of your personal resumé or Curriculum Vitae.

2. An unofficial or copy of your current grade transcript.

3. A statement of purpose of what you intend with your proposed advanced training or job.

4. For graduate school applications only, your most recent GRE, LSAT, or MCAT scores

5. State how long you have known me, in what capacities (work/study supervisor, academic advisor, and/or research supervisor), and which courses (and your grades)

6. A brief description of background experiences relevant to your proposed training or job.

7. A list of the institutional deadlines for your letters to arrive.

8. You must complete all required information on any paper or online application form about yourself and all that pertains to me (which you will find at the bottom of this form).

9. Please sign the "waiver of rights" to view your letters of recommendations.

10. If using paper forms, be sure to include the complete address where you are applying and add postage to all envelopes for letters you want sent by mail.

When I receive your applications all that I expect to do is review the information that you give me, complete any requested ratings, add a letter of recommendation, and sign my signature and date of completion.

The more attention that you pay to the necessary details in preparing your application forms beforehand, the more efficient I can be in quickly completing your letters.

Good luck!

Frederick M. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
117 Moore Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-1716
FAX: (814) 863-7003