Psychology

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Research Assistants

Undergraduate Research Assistants Needed.

The major purpose for undergraduate research is to provide an opportunity for qualified undergraduates to obtain firsthand, supervised research experiences in psychology. Students may assist professors and/or graduate students with a research project by helping to prepare the study, collect data, and/or enter data into computers.

Students can obtain pass/fail elective credit for their assistance if desired, or they can serve as a research assistant voluntarily. Whichever option is selected, obtaining research experience can be a valuable asset when applying for graduate school or jobs after graduation.

Please read each project description carefully, and contact the professor or graduate student listed for further information.


Project: Dr. Cleary's Human Memory Lab

Date Posted: 9/15/20
Description: This lab studies human memory processes and various phenomena of human memory. Examples include: The ability to recall a prior experience, the ability to recognize a situation as familiar when recall fails, the ability to control which things to remember and which to forget, the processes that produce feelings of familiarity, deja vu experiences, and tip-of-the-tongue experiences, as well as the neurological underpinnings of these types of memory processes.
Duties: Duties include aiding in stimulus preparation, data collection, data coding, lab organization, and attending lab meetings. Contributions to future projects and bigger future roles are available for students who demonstrate motivation and capability. *Note that this year, lab meetings will most likely take place virtually over Zoom, and data collection efforts will likely be online instead of in-person. As data collection efforts will likely all be online, part of working in this lab may mean that you will run research participants through computerized memory experiments using Zoom and the share screen function (as an alternative to our usual in-person method in our physical lab space).
Minimum requirements: Reliable, conscientious, self-motivated students are needed. A GPA of 3.5 or greater is preferred, but we will consider students with lower GPAs who are highly motivated & have other indicators of potential to succeed in our lab. Expertise working with Excel and with manipulating images with graphics software or sounds with sound editing software is a plus, though not a requirement.
Research assistant positions open: 6-8
Contact info: Please email Anne Cleary (Anne.Cleary@colostate.edu)
Application Instructions: Email: Name, Year in School, GPA, How many hours you are willing to work during the week, Days you are available, Research interersts, Plans after graduation.
Application Deadline: 8/31/2020


Project: Health, Emotion, and Aging Research Team (HEART)

Date Posted: 9/15/20
Description: The research conducted by the HEART (directed by Dr. Gloria Luong, Dept of Human Development and Family Studies) examines how people respond to stressors in daily life and major life events, and how such stressful experiences may influence health and well-being. We also study how these stressful experiences may differ across the lifespan and across different cultural contexts. We use a number of techniques to address these research questions, including lab experimental paradigms and experience sampling studies that collect data in daily life.
Duties: Primary duties involve data collection (interviewing research participants, collecting lab data), entering data, and recruiting research participants in the community (e.g., older adults). Other duties may involve data coding and analysis, literature reviews, and contacting community collaborators on projects. We have biweekly lab meetings to discuss the research projects.
Minimum requirements: Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be willing to commit to at least 2 semesters in the lab. Students should sign up for at least 3 credits (9 lab hours/week)
Research assistant positions open: 4 positions open
Contact info: Email HEART@colostate.edu for an application and more information
Application Instructions: Email HEART@colostate.edu for an application and more information
Application Deadline: Recruiting will continue on a rolling basis until positions are filled but priority will be given to applications submitted sooner


Project: Become a RA at the Center for Family and Couple Therapy

Date Posted: 9/15/20
Description: Get to know Marriage and Family Therapists and where their passions lie. This is a great opportunity to learn about career focus areas and network with graduate students, supervisors, and faculty. Serving as receptionist during busy therapy nights, an RA can expect to conduct phone intakes, direct clients to the waiting area, and relay messages to therapists. Other tasks at the CFCT include filing, auditing, and data entry. Additional responsibilities may arise as needed.
Duties: Assist therapy supervisors in creating marketing materials and promoting the CFCT at public events. Learn about the services offered in the clinic and the community partnerships that exist.
Minimum requirements: 2-3 credits per semester (6-9 hours per week); Talk to your advisor about registering for HDFS 498A or 498B
Research assistant positions open: 3-4
Contact info: Maddie Shaw at cfctracoordinator@gmail.com
Application Instructions: please submit a resume to the above e-mail address
Application Deadline: Until filled


Project: Family Court Decisions

Date Posted: 9/15/20
Description: Seeking undergraduate research assistants (RAs) to work on a research project during the Spring 2020 semester
Duties: RAs will work in pairs to review appellate court rulings involving family court disputes. All RAs will be trained on the use of a coding manual and work with Dr. Harman and the research team to calibrate coding to ensure interrater reliability. RAs will individually code approximately 125 cases (about 10-12 each week) and then have weekly meetings to review and reconcile codes.
Minimum requirements: Students are expected to apply for 3 research credits and be able to dedicate 9 hours a week to this project. Students need to have completed PSY100 and PSY250 and have a minimum GPA of 3.4.
Research assistant positions open: 8
Contact info: Dr. Jennifer Harman: jjharman@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: Looking for balanced number of male/female assistants. Email Dr. Harman to inquire about availability.
Application Deadline: Until filled


Project: Perception of Visualizations, Graphs, and Infographics

Date Posted: 9/15/20
Description: Data science, or the field of Big Data, is changing the world. People make major life decisions based on the data including selection of University to attend, jobs to attain, stocks to purchase, houses to buy, partners to date, evacuation decisions in cases of severe weather such as hurricanes, impacts of human activity on climate change, and medical decisions. How is all of this data communicated? Typically, the data is presented in visualizations such as graphs and infographics. Yet, little research has explored the effectiveness of these visualizations and whether users can accurately extract the relevant information. This is especially true for complex data (such as weather) and for complicated decisions (such as medical choices). Furthermore, the presentation of information in visualizations may be more accessible to users with more education. When related to medical decisions, this creates a health disparity. The current research in the lab explores the effectiveness of various visualizations across a variety of populations.
Duties: Primary duties include data collection. Students will have the opportunity to work with participants from the Psychology Pool, as well as to recruit people from the community. Other duties may include stimulus preparation, data coding and analysis, and lab organization. Students who sign up for 3 credits will also attend a weekly lab meeting to discuss the research.
Minimum requirements: Students must be reliable, conscientious, and self-motivated. A GPA of 3.2 or greater is preferred, but we will consider students with lower GPAs who are highly motivated & have other indicators of potential to succeed in our lab. Students must also be willing to work 6 hours per week for 2 credits.
Research assistant positions open: Full for Spring 2020, 3 positions open for Fall 2020
Contact info: Please email Amelia Warden with any questions or with your application at Amelia.Warden@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: To apply for a position in the lab, email Amelia Warden the following information: Name; Email; Year in School; Major(s); GPA and/or Major GPA; Number of hours that you are willing to work per week; and your Research Interests
Application Deadline: Until filled


Project: Dr. Clegg's Lab

Date Posted: 9/15/20
Description: The Clegg Lab conducts research investigating a variety of aspects of human performance, particularly how to apply principles from cognitive psychology to real-world tasks and skills. The work examines issues such as training and automation. https://sites.google.com/a/rams.colostate.edu/clegglab/
Duties: Research assistants help by running participants in studies. With the current world events, the lab is focused primarily at this time on the development and piloting of studies, assisting in setting up experiments and providing feedback on study instructions and design. RAs in the lab should be willing to commit 3 or more hours per week to the job.
Minimum requirements: Ideally students have a GPA of 3.2+, and are reliable and self-motivated.
Research assistant positions open: Varies
Contact info: Email clegglab@gmail.com
Application Instructions: Email clegglab@gmail.com to let us know you are interested, and explain why you want to become an RA.
Application Deadline: Until filled


Project: Family Relationships and Development

Date Posted: 9/15/20
Description: Research team is looking for several undergraduate students to be trained to assist with administration of a standardized task used to measure responding to stressful experiences. Students who join the team can receive course credit.
Duties: Dr. Lucas-Thompson will train undergraduate students to assist in meetings with adolescents from the community during some nights and weekends.
Minimum requirements: N/A
Research assistant positions open: Several
Contact info: Interested students should email Dr. Lucas-Thompson (lucas-thompson.rachel.graham@colostate.edu) with a curriculum vitae or resume.
Application Instructions: Email Dr. Lucas-Thompson (lucas-thompson.rachel.graham@colostate.edu)
Application Deadline: Until filled


Project: The Adult Development and Aging ProjecT (ADAPT)

Date Posted: 9/15/20
Description: The ADAPT lab, under the direction of Dr. Manfred Diehl, is looking for exceptional research assistants to work on projects investigating topics of adult development and aging. Broadly defined, our research focuses on aspects of personality and social-emotional development. Motivated students who are interested in learning about all aspects of developmental research, including study design and research methods, are welcome to apply. The most successful students in our lab show openness to new experiences, willingness to figure things out independently, and attention to detail. We foster a team-like atmosphere, and take pride in providing a meaningful learning experience to students. All team members are held to an ideal of high quality work. In order to offer the most effective training experience, and to ensure continuity on our research projects, we seek out students who are willing to commit at least 2 consecutive semesters in which they will earn 3 credits each (about 10 hours per week). Please visit our lab website for more information about the work we do, and to download the application form: http://www.adapt.chhs.colostate.edu
Duties: Participant recruitmet. Literature searches and summarizing of literature. Data entry and data managemet.
Minimum requirements: Required: GPA of 3.0 or higher (3.5 GPA or higher preferred). Reliable, conscientious, highly self-motivated, able to use effective problem-solving skills. Ability to work independently as well as in a team. Basic knowledge in developmental psychology and principles of scientific research. Availability to attend and participate in a one-hour weekly lab meeting. Preferred: Basic knowledge of theories of adult development/aging and research methods (e.g. HDFS 312). Experience with statistical software (example: SPSS, R). Desire to be well-prepared for graduate school. Entering the Sophomore or Junior year (exceptions possible, determined case-by-case). Strong academic writing skills (a writing sample should be submitted with application).
Research assistant positions open: We are seeking 3-4 excellent students to join our lab.
Contact info: Professor: Manfred Diehl (manfred.diehl@colostate.edu) Lab Coordinator: Kat Thompson - primary contact (kat.thompson@colostate.edu) Office: Behavioral Science Building, Room 443 (Diehl) and Room 435
Application Instructions: First, download the application form from: http://www.adapt.chhs.colostate.edu/join.aspx . Second, read instructions carefully, and submit your completed application materials to kat.thompson@colostate.edu
Application Deadline: We will review applications on a first-come, first-serve basis. RAs are needed for the Fall 2020 semester, starting the first week of classes.


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