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: 4/20/16
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: 8/31/16


Project: Applied Cognitive Psychology/Human Factors Lab

Date Posted: 5/10/16
Description: In our lab we apply basic cognitive psychology findings to solve real-world problems. What are the best ways to train people so that they can learn how to do a complex task like controlling air traffic? What drives one’s attention when you have to do two tasks at the same time (multitasking) for your job? What are the costs of fatigue on your performance? How does the presentation of information affect decision making?
Duties: Duties include collecting data in the lab for various experiments, data tasks (coding & analyzing), designing experiments, pilot testing experiments, and attending weekly lab meetings. Other opportunities are available to students who are capable and self-motivated. Summer opportunities starting mid to late May 2016 available for those who are interested.
Minimum requirements: 3.0 GPA or higher. Preferred: 3.5 GPA or higher, interest in applied cognitive psychology/human factors, interest in going to graduate school or applied research careers.
Research assistant positions open: 4-7
Contact info: Please email Alex Vieane at alex.vieane@colostate.edu.
Application Instructions: E-mail Alex Vieane. You will receive a link to the online application to fill out.
Application Deadline: 8/31/16


Project: Food Choices

Date Posted: 4/14/16
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: Pamela Lundenberg (Pamela.lundenberg@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 Pamela Lundenberg at Pamela.lundenberg@colostate.edu.
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.


Project: Physical Activity among college students

Date Posted: 4/14/16
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: Charles Heidrick
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 Charles Heidrick at Charles.heidrick@colostate.edu
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.


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

Date Posted: 4/14/16
Description: Dr. Canetto's research team is looking for 1-2 research assistants. 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 (Mondays TIME TBA), 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 students with lower GPAs who have other indicators of research success (for example, students who are conscientious, self-motivated, organized, and committed to deadlines) will be considered. 2. Ability to work 6-9 hours/week (2-3 credits). APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS - Email Sophie Gullett your Name; Email; Yr. in School; Major(s); GPA; Major GPA; # of hrs per week you're willing to work/week (a minimum of 6 hours per week is required); current/past research courses taken; past and current research experience, and other relevant experiences; why you are interested in this research team, and your goals/expectations as a research assistant.
Research assistant positions open: 2
Contact info: Sophie Gullett (segullett@gmail.com)
Additional information:
Application Instructions: Interested students should email the contact person their application. Please include the information listed above as APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS. Please attach a resume if you have one.
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.


Project: Reducing Home Energy Use; Social Psychology Conservation Lab

Date Posted: 4/11/16
Description: This project attempts to decrease energy use in residential homes by creating a program based on current home needs. An examination of Denver homes and their energy use behaviors will be conducted. A program evaluation for low income homes and energy use will also be conducted. This project utilizes social psychological principles of behavior change to overcome obstacles in reaching a sustainable future.
Duties: Duties may include assisting with the transcription of interviews conducted with participants, attending lab meetings, assisting with qualitative coding of transcripts for themes, conducting literature searches, among other tasks. Learning to record data, code data, and enter/organize that data into excel and SPSS files. Some of these roles involve learning new skills in terms of research design and analysis (e.g., learning new software).
Minimum requirements: Highly dependable and independent students need to be responsible, mature, hard-working, and have an interest in learning how to conduct research.
Research assistant positions open: 2-3
Contact info:
Additional information: Project may be completed for course credit of voluntarily for experience. I want all on the research team to have a rich and positive experience. We work with students to find the right fit based on interests and skills.
Application Instructions: email pksandov@rams.colostate.edu with the following ; 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: Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.


Project: Personal Characteristics and Health

Date Posted: 4/14/2016
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. Henry’s Prosocial Development Lab

Date Posted: 4/18/16
Description: Dr. Henry conducts a series of studies across the country that are designed to examine prosocial and healthy development during childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. Some of her studies are basic in nature, and some involve randomized control trials of interventions in the community. Students will have the opportunity to work on one or more of the projects.
Duties: data entry, data organization, literature reviews
Minimum requirements: GPA greater than or equal to 3.5, students should have successfully completed PSY250 and at least one Statistics course
Research assistant positions open: 2
Contact info: Please email Dr. Kim Henry, at: kim.henry@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: Email Dr. Henry with the following information: name, year in school; major; GPA; letter grade in PSY 250 & at least one STAT class (include course name, ie. STAT 311), research experience, and research interests
Application Deadline: By the end of the first week of classes


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

Date Posted: 4/13/16
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: 4 openings
Contact info: Please email Dr. Witt at: jessica.witt@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: 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: Parental Alienation Project

Date Posted: 4/13/16
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:
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: 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: 4/14/16
Description: This research lab focuses on how organizations can utilize game-based simulations for workplace learning. The experiment we are currently running explores the psychological mechanisms through which learning occurs in videogame training.
Duties: RAs will meet weekly to discuss project updates and discuss ongoing needs. We are also currently collecting data so all involved will be asked to run participants through the experiment.
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 the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: This project will be running throughout the fall semester but preference will be given on a first come first served basis.


Project: Goal-Setting and Exercise

Date Posted: 4/13/16
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: 2
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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