Department of Psychology

Become a Research Assistant

Undergraduate research experience is a great opportunity for students who may be interested in pursuing graduate school. Although the research topics will clearly focus on the interests of the particular faculty member one is paired with, the experience students receive from their involvement in such research represents an important criterion that graduate programs in all areas of psychology value.  Work in a research lab may involve a variety of activities including literature searching, designing new studies and study materials, running experiments, data entry, and data analysis and interpretation.

The research labs listed below will be recruiting research assistants for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. For more information on the current research being conducted in each of these labs, please click on each lab to go to their respective websites. Unless otherwise listed on the lab website, you should contact the psychology faculty member(s) directing the lab you are interested in working in.

If you are interested in doing a research practicum, you should contact the psychology faculty member(s) with whom you wish to work.  Keep in mind that not all faculty members take practicum students.  Also keep in mind to inquire early. Practicums are competitive and tend to go fast!

Psychology majors are required to take an advanced research course following the basic methods (PSY 3110) course.  This can be fulfilled by taking a traditional classroom-based, topical methods class in one of the different areas of psychology, such as cognitive (4400), social (4700), clinical (4200), developmental (4500), or psychobiology and learning (4600).  Alternatively, it can be fulfilled by completing a hands-on research practicum (4100) in a faculty members’ lab.

Last Updated: 6/27/22