Psychology

College of Natural Sciences

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: 1/13/16
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.
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.
Research assistant positions open: 4-5
Contact info: Please email Dr. Anne Cleary at: anne.cleary@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: Copy and paste in an email the following information: Name, Email, Year in School, Major(s), GPA; How many hours you are willing to work during the week (3, 6, or 9)? Days and hours you are available to work; Research interests; plans after graduation.
Application Deadline: 1/27/16


Project: Rams Take Care, Rams Take Action Focus Groups (RTCRTA)

Date Posted: 2/4/16
Description: RTCRTA is a bystander intervention program designed to increase knowledge and self-efficacy for intervening in alcohol-related emergencies and increase the ratio of perceived benefits to barriers for intervening. This program is attended by all incoming freshman students over the summer and has been ongoing for the last 3 years. We are loooking to conduct focus group interviews with past students who have attended this program to help improve the program for future students.
Duties: Assist with setting up and taking notes during three separate focus groups. The main task will be to help transcribe the focus group recordings. The URA can also be trained in qualitative data analysis to assist in the analysis of the results.
Minimum requirements: Completed Psy 250 (research methods) with a C or above.
Research assistant positions open: 1
Contact info: Please Contact Juliana Rosa at Juliana.Roas@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: 2/29/16


Project: Physical Activity among college students

Date Posted: 1/19/16
Description: Research assistants will observe college students engaging in various types of physical activity in one or more locations on campus - the research is investigating which psychological, social, and environmental factors contribute to physical activity.
Duties: Independently running participant visits in the laboratory; being trained to conduct behavioral observation and coding.
Minimum requirements: Qualified students will be interested in physical activity and human behavior.
Research assistant positions open: 6
Contact info: Dr. Dan Graham
Application Instructions: Submit resume and statement of interest (description of why you want to work in this lab; what are your goals, interests, and what will you contribute) to Dan Graham (dan.graham@colostate.edu)
Application Deadline: Applications received by February 15 will be given first priority.


Project: Food Choices

Date Posted: 1/26/16
Description: Participants will be looking at images of various foods on a computer screen. While they are looking at these images, an eye-tracking camera will monitor their gaze to see which features of the food environment draw participants' attention when they are deciding whether or not they would eat different foods in order to better understand what elements of the food environment make foods more and less attractive for people to eat.
Duties: Being trained to use eye-tracking equipment (cameras that precisely measure where someone is looking); Independently running participant visits using eye-tracking equipment in the laboratory.
Minimum requirements: 3.0 GPA. Expertise with Photoshop or similar software is a plus, but not required.
Research assistant positions open: 6
Contact info: Dan Graham (dan.graham@colostate.edu)
Additional information: There will be other studies starting during the semester, so you may have the opportunity to begin working on additional projects related to health behaviors including physical activity and healthy eating as you would like / are needed.
Application Instructions: Submit resume and statement of interest (description of why you want to work in this lab; what are your goals, interests, and what will you contribute) to Dan Graham (dan.graham@colostate.edu)
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.


Project: Personal Characteristics and Health

Date Posted: 12/2/2015
Description: A research team in Human Development and Family Studies and Psychology is currently seeking applications for a research assistant who will help run visits with adolescents and emerging adults assessing the links between personal characteristics and health.
Duties: The student will primarily help to conduct standardized interviews with participants that will be used to assess individual differences in responses to stressful experiences. The student may also help with data management and organization.
Minimum requirements: Students need a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, and need to be responsible, mature, hard-working, and have an interest in learning how to conduct research.
Research assistant positions open: at least 2
Contact info: If interested, please email Dr. Lucas-Thompson at lucas-thompson.rachel.graham@colostate.edu.
Application Instructions: Email Dr. Lucas-Thompson. Include contact information, a description of relevant experience; reason for your interest in the position; if you have one, please attach a resume or curriculum vitae
Application Deadline: Applications will be considered immediately and reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.


Project: Dr. Witt's Action-Specific Perception Lab

Date Posted: 1/20/16
Description: The research done in this lab examines how a person's ability to act influences perception. For example, baseball players who are hitting well see the ball as bigger. Similarly, hills look steeper and distances look farther to perceivers who are fatigued, overweight, or out of shape. This research demonstrates that what you see is not just determined by optical information received by the eye, but also by the perceiver's intentions and abilities. We study this phenomenon in college students, athletes, and people in the community.
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 and from athletic venues (gyms, ski mountains, rock climbing areas). Other duties may include stimulus preparation, data coding and analysis, and lab organization. Students will 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 9 hours/week for 3 credits (6 hours/week for 2 credits may be considered for exceptional and experienced students)
Research assistant positions open: We have two openings for the Spring 2016 semester
Contact info: Dr. Witt - Jessica.Witt@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: Please email Dr. Witt the following information: Name; Email; Yr. in School; Major(s); GPA; Major GPA; # of hrs. you're willing to work/week; Days & Hrs. you're available to work; and your Research Interests
Application Deadline: By the end of the first week of classes.


Project: Exploring a leaders’ role in employee job crafting.

Date Posted: 1/20/16
Description: This project looks at characteristics of organizations and working adults’ behaviors, motivation, and related workplace attitudes. We interviewed employees to explore how they mold and shape their own work experiences, as well as a leader/supervisor’s role in this process. Anyone interested in I-O psychology, well-being and motivation in the workplace, or leadership will likely be a great fit for this experience!
Duties: Students will listen to audio-recorded phone interviews and transcribe the interviews. Then, RAs will learn how to code and analyze qualitative data (i.e., the interview transcriptions). All on the research team will also be required to attend meetings.
Minimum requirements: Junior or senior psychology students, I-O concentration preferred. 3.4 GPA preferred. Above all, I am looking for motivated students who are eager to learn, demonstrate a strong work ethic, work with a great team, and have some fun along the way. The majority of the project work will be at the beginning of the semester (Feb and Mar), so a student’s schedule must be able to accommodate this.
Research assistant positions open: 5
Contact info: Kyla Holcombe. Email kylajholcombe@gmail.com.
Additional information: This project may be completed for course credit or voluntarily for the experience. I want all on the research team to have a rich and positive experience. I welcome any and all conversations to see how we can achieve this together.
Application Instructions: Please email Kyla Holcombe directly at kylajholcombe@gmail.com. You may also email with questions or inquiries for additional information.
Application Deadline: Friday, Jan 29 at 5pm.


Project: Parental Alienation Project

Date Posted: 1/26/16
Description: Dr. Jennifer Jill Harman (Psychology) and Dr. Zeynep Biringen (HDFS) are looking for undergraduates who would like to join the Parental Alienation Project as research assistants for the summer 2015. Parental alienation involves one (or both) parent(s) using a child against the other parent, with the intent of destroying or damaging the relationship between them. This research project is examining how parents cope with this situation, their legal and social service experiences to address it, and the impact it has on their relationship with their children. The project also aims to better understand why this problem is so prevalent, and to find solutions and interventions to help stop it.
Duties: Duties may include assisting with the transcription of interviews conducted with parents, attending lab meetings, assisting with qualitative coding of transcripts for themes, conducting literature searches, among other tasks.
Minimum requirements: To be eligible, students need a minimum 3.0 GPA and need to be able to commit a minimum of two semesters to the project. The research team is looking for students with a strong interest in research or clinical work, for example, students who are considering a graduate degree in HDFS, Psychology, or Social Work.
Research assistant positions open: 4
Contact info: Dr. Jennifer Jill Harman, PhD, jjharman@colostate.edu
Web page: To learn more about the project, please visit the lab website: http://lamar.colostate.edu/~jjharman/
Application Instructions: Email Dr. Harman at jjharman@colostate.edu, stating the reason for your interest in the project and any prior research experience. Attach a resume if you have one.
Application Deadline: N/A. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.


Project: Independent Study Opportunity

Date Posted: 1/4/16
Description: Independent study for 2 credits (approximately six hours/week) during the spring semester.
Duties: Primarily involves finding and summarizing articles and videos addressing cultural issues in the areas of Abnormal Psychology, Adolescence, and Personality Psychology. There may be other related duties as well.
Minimum requirements: Highly dependable students with at least a 3.4 GPA, who have a strong interest in culture as it relates to one or more of these topics (Abnormal, Adolescent, and/or Personality Psychology).
Research assistant positions open: 2
Contact info: Dr. Karla Gingerich at karla.gingerich@colostate.edu.
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: NA


Project: Interest, Persistence, and Success of Women and Men in Science and Engineering

Date Posted: 2/4/16
Description: Dr. Canetto's research team is looking for 1-2 highly motivated students. The team investigates the role of gender and culture in science and engineering interest, persistence and success. To be eligible as research assistants, students need to be able to dedicate 2 credits (6 hours per week) for two semesters.
Duties: Include attending the weekly research seminar (Monday 3:00 to 4:00 pm), literature reviews, reading and presenting articles, interview transcription, data entry and coding, research team organization, preparation of reports and presentations, and other duties.
Minimum requirements: 1. A GPA of 3.0 or greater is preferred, but we will consider students with lower GPAs who are highly motivated and have other indicators of research success (for example, being conscientious, self-motivated, organized, and committed to deadlines). 2. First, second or third year in college; fourth-year students are eligible to apply only if they plan to take a fifth year to complete their degree; and 3. Ability to work 6-9 hours/week (2-3 credits)
Research assistant positions open: 1-2
Contact info: Sophie Gullett (segullett@gmail.com)
Application Instructions: Interested students should email the contact Sophie Gullet (segullett@gmail.com)
Application Deadline: NA


Project: Center for Family & Couple Therapy

Date Posted: 11/11/15
Description: Become a RA at the Center for Family and Couple Therapy. If you are interested in...•Research•Therapeutic methods•Individual or Group Therapy•Families, Couples, or Individuals•How a nonprofit therapy center is run•Making connections with faculty and students..this is a good opportunity for you. You will 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. Learn about the business of running the CFCT. Learn about the services offered in the clinic and the community partnerships that exist.
Duties: 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. Assist therapy supervisors in creating marketing materials and promoting the CFCT at public events. Additional responsibilities may arise as needed.
Minimum requirements:
Research assistant positions open:
Contact info: Contact both of the following: Molly Schutzenberger at mschutz@rams.colostate.edu AND cfctroomschedule@gmail.com to learn more about the position.
Additional information: Earn Upper Division Credit • 3 credits per semester (˜9 hours per week) •Talk to your advisor about registering for HDFS 498B
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: NA


Project: Parenting Young Children Project

Date Posted: 08/13/2015
Description: Dr. Erika Lunkenheimer, a faculty member in HDFS, is looking for undergraduates who would like to join her Parenting Young Children Project as research assistants for credit or volunteer, for FALL 2015 AND SPRING 2016.
Duties: Duties could include recruiting families in the community, data collection with families and children, data entry, or the editing of physiological (heart rate) data. Some of these roles involve learning new skills in terms of research design and analysis (e.g., learning new software). We work with students to find the right fit for their interests and skills.
Minimum requirements: To be eligible, students need a minimum 3.0 GPA and need to commit to working at least 9 months on the project (two semesters). The research team is looking for students with a strong interest in research, for example, students who are considering a graduate degree in HDFS, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, or a related field.
Research assistant positions open: 1-2
Contact info: Dr. Lunkenheimer: erika.lunkenheimer@colostate.edu
Additional information: Eligible for HDFS research credit.
Web page: To learn more about the project, please visit our lab website: http://parentchild.colostate.edu
Application Instructions: If interested, please email Dr. Lunkenheimer at erika.lunkenheimer@colostate.edu, stating the reason for your interest in the project and any prior research experience. Please also attach a resume if you have one.
Application Deadline: Open until filled


Project: Understanding the Experiences of Female Leaders in Nepal

Date Posted: 1/26/16
Description: This project explores the career paths, experiences, and perceptions of female leaders in Kathmandu, Nepal. This project is related to cultural psychology, I/O psychology, occupational health psychology, and psychology of gender.
Duties: Two research assistants are needed to help conduct a thematic analysis of the interviews during the Spring 2016 semester. Students will be trained in how to code transcripts using the Atlas.ti qualitative data analysis software program. There is the possibility of future opportunities for motivated and capable students to help with manuscript writing and conference presentations.
Minimum requirements: Ideal candidates will have an inherent interest in gender and leadership and be able to commit to 6 hours of work per week. Credits for participation (2 credit hours for 6 hrs/week) are an option. Qualified students should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be self-motivated, organized, and committed to deadlines. Previous research experience is a plus, but not required.
Research assistant positions open: 2
Contact info: Lauren Menger: lauren.menger@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: Email: lauren.menger@colostate.edu. Include a statement of 1) why you are interested, 2) what previous experience or skills you have, 3) number of hours you’d like to work per week, and 4) a current CV (if you have one).
Application Deadline: Open until filled


Project: Positive Psychology Database

Date Posted: 2/4/16
Description: This project entails creating a database of positive psychology interventions.
Duties: Primarily involves finding articles related to positive psychology interventions and recording pertinent information. RAs expected to read and summarize 3-4 articles per week.
Minimum requirements: Highly dependable and independent students with at least a 3.0 GPA, who have a strong interest in positive psychology research.
Research assistant positions open: 2
Contact info: Jessica Morse at jessica.morse@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: Open until filled.


Project: Dr. Troup’s Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Date Posted:
Description: We examine the relationship between electrical activity of the brain and the processing of facial expressions. In particular, we look at how this relationship is mediated by marijuana use, depression, anxiety, and sexual orientation.
Duties: Students will conduct recordings using electroencephalography (EEG). They may also run participants through computer-based experiments.
Minimum requirements:
Research assistant positions open: 5
Contact info: Contact: trouplab@gmail.com
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Location: Apply at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tnwyCGOWzapHNmeQnxXkMlY9Fkku3fFT3URtG4rQKMs/viewform
Application Deadline: September 4, 2015


Project: Simulation based videogames: Understanding learning processes

Date Posted: 1/26/16
Description: This study will explore the mechanisms through which learning occurs in a simulation based videogame training.
Duties: RAs will meet weekly to discuss project updates and discuss ongoing needs.
Minimum requirements: GPA 3.5+, must have completed PSY100 and PSY250.
Research assistant positions open: 8 positions available
Contact info: To apply please contact Diana Sanchez at sanchezdianar@gmail.com
Additional information: Preference is given to students with an interest in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, training, learning, and research methods. Preference is also given to students with an interest in research who are planning to go to graduate school.
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: This project will be running throughout the spring semester but preference will be given on a first come first served basis.


Project: Goal-Setting and Exercise

Date Posted: 1/26/16
Description: People often set goals related to the physical activity levels they want to achieve. What is the best way to set these goals? Can these goals ever be detrimental to health behavior? These are but a couple of the questions we are exploring with this interactive experiment where the research assistant guides participants through different exercises.
Duties: Independently running experiments. Learning to record data and enter/organize that data into excel and SPSS files.
Minimum requirements: 3.0 G.P.A. and completion of PSY 250.
Research assistant positions open: 1
Contact info: Charles Heidrick at Charles.Heidrick@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: Contact Charles Heidrick at Charles.Heidrick@colostate.edu
Application Deadline: When positions are filled


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