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The Undergraduate Psychology Advising Center

Role of Advisors

The undergraduate advisor's primary goal is to help undergraduate students with matters pertaining to academic progress issues and life plans. While you are responsible for understanding University, College, and Department requirements, advisors can provide current information about requirements, options, and procedures. The advisors recommend that you review your requirements with them at least once a semester. You should understand, however, that you bear ultimate responsibility for knowing and fulfilling graduation requirements. Stop by the undergraduate office periodically to check the bulletin board for announcements and to borrow relevant materials from the lending library. The Psychology advisors want to assist you in preparing a solid undergraduate experience. Make sure you get to know them!

Psychology Advisors

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Françoise Bigelow, Advisor


Andrea Groskopf, Advisor


Sarah Handspike, Coordinator of
Advising and Undergraduate Services


Lindsay Spitzley, Advisor


Scheduling an Appointment

The Psychology advisor's appointments are available on-line through MSU's Advisor Scheduling System. They post their available advising times 2 - 3 weeks in advance. Occasionally during peak times, advisor's appointments will all be full. If this is the case, no appointments will appear on the system. If you need to see an advisor within a week, please utilize the walk-in hours. You can also check regularly for any cancellation or new openings.

MSU has moved to a new appointment scheduling system for advising appointments. The instructions for accessing the new scheduling system are below:
  1. Go to https://msu.campus.eab.com/ and log in with your MSU NetID and password.
  2. Click “Get Advising” in the upper right corner of the Student Success Dashboard home page.
  3. Follow the steps for creating an appointment. You and your advisor will receive confirmation emails regarding the scheduled appointment.

*More information about the Student Success Dashboard:

Walk-in Advising

There will be no walk-in advising on Tuesday, October 25. Come and see us at the Graduate School Presentation Day.

Walk-ins are available throughout the academic year, Monday - Friday from 1pm - 3pm. If you are heading in from out of town, feel free to call first to verify the schedule as we cancel them sometimes due to programs and student orientations.

Walk-in advising is located in 100 Psychology Building.

Walk-ins are for quick questions, not for program planning. If you need more than 10 minutes from an advisor, you will need to schedule an appointment through the scheduling system. See below for the Walk-In Policy During Peak Advising Times:

Acceptable Topics for Walk-In Advising
• Degree requirement review and confirmation of class schedule if you have recently seen an advisor
• Major exploration for freshman and sophomores
• Course selection and questions for freshman and sophomores
• Advisor signature for internship and independent study forms
• Study Abroad course evaluation

Unacceptable Topics for Walk-In Advising during Peak Times
• Junior and senior program planning and degree checks
• Major exploration for juniors and seniors
• Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) form completion
• Academic probation conferences
• Career and graduate school planning beyond a few quick questions
• Study Abroad course selection and planning

Honors Advising

If you are a member of the Honors College you will be advised by a member of the Psychology faculty. Dr. Joe Lonstein advises students with last names A - K and Dr. Susan Ravizza advises students with last names L - Z. For information about the Honors program in Psychology, go to the Honors website at http://psychology.msu.edu/Undergrads/HonorsProgram.aspx .

Undergraduate Office Staff

The Undergraduate Psychology Advising Center can be a busy place. Students and faculty can get information and resources from the advisors and the staff. Jenny and Keitha are available to help with course information, overrides, independent study forms, and late adds and drops. They are very friendly and knowledgeable, so make sure you let them know if you need something.

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Keitha Kasel


Jenny Babbitt


The Psychology Monthly News

The Psychology Monthly Newsletter is another way for students to be informed. Every month of the academic year, Psychology students receive a copy of The Psychology Monthly News through their MSU e-mail. It is important to read this document as it introduces students to upcoming events, scholarships, research experiences, and provides resource information for offices on campus.

Current Newsletter

April Newsletter
March Newsletter
February Newsletter
January Newsletter
December Newsletter
November Newsletter
October Newsletter
September Newsletter
New Faculty Newsletter
August Welcome Newsletter

Special Edition Newsletters

April Spotlight
February Spotlight
January Spotlight
Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Holiday Advising Hours
Summer 2015 Research Opportunites

Awards and Scholarships

Psychology Students can be strong candidates for many awards and scholarships. There are many resources to help you find scholarships. Here are a few that might be helpful:

Office of Admissions Official Site www.admissions.msu.edu/

Student Scholarship Search Facility Official Site https://scholendow2.ais.msu.edu/student/ScholSearch.asp

Scholarships and Grants (from Office of Financial Aid) Official Site http://www.finaid.msu.edu/searches.asp

College of Social Science http://www.socialscience.msu.edu/students/social-science-undergraduates/scholarships-awards-and-funded-research-opportunities/

Some students with outstanding records may be eligible for nomination into Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Department of Psychology - Undergraduate Student Grievance Committee Hearing