The Purpose of the Curricular Enhancement Program (CEP) is two fold:

  1. To broaden student understanding of the scientific process in general, and of specific research practices associated with the scientific process.
  2. To increase student familiarity with particular areas of research, the theoretical perspectives upon which that research is based, and the present "state of knowledge" within that particular area.

Courses: All students enrolled in introductory-level psychology courses (i.e., PSY 100 to PSY 204) participate in the CEP.


Basic Requirements

Participation in the CEP is a requirement of all introductory-level psychology courses. Each student enrolled in any introductory-level course must complete 9 CEP credits during the course of the semester. Similar to, e.g., an attendance policy, failure to complete this requirement will result in a grade reduction based on level of participation. Students enrolled in more than one CEP course do not need to complete more than 9 CEP credits in a given semester.

This requirement may be satisfied in several ways:

    1. By participating in research studies/experiments housed in the psychology department. You can check on available research studies by going to It is expected that if you sign up for a study, you will show up to it on time (or complete the surveys in a timely manner). If you cannot make the appointment, you need to cancel the appointment in advance. Being late to an appointment, failure to show up, failure to complete a survey will be noted in your CEP record. If you are under 18 years of age, you are not eligible to participate in the research studies. Please see options 2, 3, and 4 for other ways to complete the CEP requirement.
    2. By attending special lectures related to psychology and providing a 500-word written summary of the lecture to Announcements regarding CEP lectures will be sent to you via email through the CEP Resource Course. Make sure you summarize the lectures in your own words and quote where appropriate. Plagiarized work will receive no credit with no re-write opportunity for the same lecture.
    3. By reading research articles in psychology of your choosing (they have to be scientific articles, not newspaper articles, editorials, etc.) and providing a 500-word written summary of the article to You may ask your instructor for recommendations of research articles that are relevant to your current coursework. Alternatively, you can look for articles yourself via the Drexel library system under the psychology database: psycINFO. Make sure you summarize the articles in your own words.
    4. By participating in research-related activities announced by the CEP Coordinator. They may include attending a research poster session, reading and answering questions on popular press articles related to psychology, etc. Announcements about these opportunities will be made periodically via email from the CEP Blackboard page.

Bonus Credit: There is a one-time opportunity to earn 1 CEP bonus credit. To get this bonus credit, simply show up to all appointments on time and participate in studies after you sign up for them. Experimenters will note no-shows, failure to respond, disrespecting the research process, and lateness in Sona system. If you have a "clean record", you will automatically earn 1 CEP credit at the end of the semester. If you have 8 CEP credits and a clean record at the end of the semester, you will have completed the CEP requirement.

Note: Any student who is under 18 years cannot participate in a research study. Therefore, they must choose other options to complete the CEP requirement.

You may choose to complete this 9-credit requirement in any combination of the methods listed above. All credit-tracking will be conducted through system. Therefore, you must create an account with as early as possible in the semester (see "Getting Started" on the left). The 9 CEP credits must be completed by 5 pm on the last day of classes. Please be sure to complete this requirement by the last day of classes. There will be no makeup opportunities or "Incomplete" grades given if the requirement is not complete by the last day of classes.

Getting Started
Research Participation
Article Summary
Lecture Summary
For Experimenters

Note: Any student who under 18 years of age cannot participate in a research study. If you are under 18, please wait until after your 18th birthday to participate in research or choose the lecture or article summary option to complete the CEP requirement.