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: Food Choices

Date Posted: 1/27/2015
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 (
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 (
Application Deadline: 10/15/15

Project: Longitudinal Study of College Adjustment and Alcohol Use

Date Posted: 4/13/2015
Description: This survey study examined factors related to student's goals, alcohol use, and alcohol-related outcomes. The data has been collected, but needs to be cleaned and analyzed.
Duties: Students would assist with cleaning, managing, and (possibly) analyzing the data. Students may be invited by the PI to consider developing and proposing a self-led mini-project that would use my data.
Minimum requirements: Must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, completed at least one course in statistics, and an upper-level psychology course. An upper-level HDFS courses may be considered a suitable alternative to the upper-level psychology course requirement.
Research assistant positions open: 2
Contact info: Allison Grant:
Application Instructions: Please email a brief cover letter and resume to Please indicate why you are interested in this position in your cover letter and detail relevant coursework and corresponding grades in your resume.
Application Deadline: 6/1/15 for summer RA positions and 8/1/15 for fall RA positions.

Project: Personal Knowledge Activities: Laboratory for the Study of Meaning and Quality of Life (Dr. Steger's lab)

Date Posted: 1/20/2015
Description: The project, Personal Knowledge Activities, is run through the Laboratory for the Study of Meaning and Quality of Life. Dr. Michael Steger, who has a joint appointment in the Counseling Psychology and Social Psychology Programs, runs the lab and will be on sabbatical in the spring, but several graduate students will manage the ongoing research projects. The project consists of a 6 week manualized workshop, which integrates the cutting edge of positive psychology research, to bolster meaning in people's lives. Workshops are held weekly (for 6 weeks) with undergraduate research participants, with an average group size from 6-10 people. Groups are facilitated in pairs and research assistants are trained in the content of the workshops prior to facilitation.
Duties: Each undergraduate research assistant is responsible to attend workshop trainings, familiarize themselves with the workshop content, facilitate at least one 6 week group, which includes preparing materials, taking attendance, and participating in lab meetings and feedback. It is necessary for people who apply to this position to be interested in and/or have experience with facilitating small groups/group activities. It is also desirable for individuals to be self-motivated and self-directed.
Minimum requirements: GPA above 3.3; Completed introductory psychology; Juniors and Seniors only
Research assistant positions open: 4-6
Contact info:
Application Instructions: Contact Maeve O’Donnell via e-mail at with a resume and a paragraph about your interest in the lab; A graduate student will potentially follow up to schedule an interview.
Application Deadline: 9/14/15

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

Date Posted: 4/14/2014
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 -
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: Healthy Cognitive Aging Lab

Date Posted: 08/13/2015
Description: The lab studies environmental factors that influence cognitive ability in adulthood, particularly the influence of physical (e.g., running, swimming), social (e.g., card games, dinner with friends), and cognitive activities (e.g., reading, crossword puzzles). We will begin a study using tablets in the fall asking middle-aged and older adults to record their activity participation and complete brief cognitive tasks throughout the day.
Duties: The RA will be responsible for participant recruitment and scheduling, preparation and organization of testing materials, administering tablet training sessions and cognitive tests, scoring of cognitive tests, data entry and management.
Minimum requirements: Applicants should have an interest in issues of adult development and aging, reliable, conscientious, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Candidates must be willing to work at least 6 hours per week, and be available in the early evening on weekdays for tablet training sessions. Position will begin in Fall 2015.
Research assistant positions open: 3
Contact info: Dr. Allison Bielak at
Additional information: Eligible for HDFS research credit.
Application Instructions: Email Dr. Bielak to receive the application.
Application Deadline: N/A. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Project: Parental Alienation Project

Date Posted: 02/11/2015
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,
Web page: To learn more about the project, please visit the lab website:
Application Instructions: Email Dr. Harman at, 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: Interest, Persistence, and Success of Women and Men in Science and Engineering

Date Posted: 08/14/2015
Description: The Canetto Lab is looking for 1-2 highly motivated undergraduate students to participate in our lab. Currently the lab investigates the role of gender and culture in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Each research assistant will need to be able to dedicate 2 credits (6 hours per week).
Duties: Attending weekly lab meeting (Monday afternoons), literature reviews, reading articles, interview transcription, data entry, and other duties as assigned.
Minimum requirements: If interested in this postion please include the following in your application: 1. Please list current/past research, class courses, and other relevant experiences you've had. 2. Please list your GPA and your status in school (first year, sophomore, etc). 3. Our meetings for next year are scheduled for Monday afternoons. Are you able to attend during that time? 4. Please explain why you are interested in this particular lab, and the goals/expectations you have. What would you hope to get out of this experience? 5. Conscientiousness is key within our lab team (timely completion of work, attendance of meetings, willingness to work hard). Please indicate if you will have the time and energy to take on a meaningful role in this research team, given your current schedule and any competing priorities.
Research assistant positions open: 1-2
Contact info: Jaclyn Menendez (
Application Instructions: Interested students should email Jaclyn Melendez ( and address the questions listed above "Requirements" section.
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:
Additional information: Eligible for HDFS research credit.
Web page: To learn more about the project, please visit our lab website:
Application Instructions: If interested, please email Dr. Lunkenheimer at, 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: Science, Camera, Action!

Date Posted: 9/15/2015
Description: Science, Camera, Action! is an after-school program to engage youth (ages 10-12) of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Larimer County in climate change education and action. The program combines interactive science activities with photovoice, a participatory action research methodology, to empower youth to understand and take action towards sustainability. This project will provide community-based, applied research experience for undergraduates and uses both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Duties: Students will work with a doctoral student to assist with preparation for, delivery, and evaluation of the program. During the fall 2015 semester, students will become familiar with the project (i.e., its activities, methods, and goals) and visit research sites. During the spring 2016 semester, students will assist with after-school program implementation at Boys and Girls Clubs units in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Wellington. Mixed methods program evaluation will follow program delivery in the summer and fall of 2016. Long-term commitment is preferred, and opportunities for student research projects will be made available.
Minimum requirements: Students must be reliable, self-motivated, and committed to a minimum of two semesters of participation. Credits for participation (2 credits for 6 hrs/week; 3 credits for 9 hrs/week) are an option beginning in spring 2016 and subsequent semesters. During the spring semester 2016, students must be available between 3pm and 6pm on at least some weekdays for assistance with program delivery. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required, and students must be 3rd year or higher, preferably with plans to attend graduate school in psychology, sociology, social work, education, or a related field. Experience working with children is preferred but not required. Finally, eligible students must have reliable transportation and be able to pass a background check.
Research assistant positions open: 4-6
Contact info: Interested students should email Carlie Trott (
Additional information:
Application Instructions: Email Carlie the following: Name, Email, Class, GPA, semester availabilty (FA15-SP16 or SP16-FA15), hours per week; relevant experience and interest in position; indicate if you have reliable transportation and, if open to background check.
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:
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Location: Apply at:
Application Deadline: September 4, 2015

Project: Sensation Seeking and Health Risk Behaviors

Date Posted: 08/13/2015
Description: We are interested in the relationship between sensation seeking as a personality type and high risk health behaviors such as substance use, sexual behavior, and delinquency. In conjunction with this research, we are interested in identifying behavioral measures which correlate with sensation seeking.
Duties: Students will work with a graduate research assistant through the Counseling Psychology program to administer a range of studies and behavioral measures to PSY100 research participants.
Minimum requirements: We are looking for students with a strong interest in research and research application. Successful applicants will be reliable, collaborative and detail-oriented. Completion of PSY250 (Research Methods in Psychology) and PSY360 (Psychology of Drug Addiction Treatment) a plus.
Research assistant positions open: Three to four undergraduate research positions are available for the Fall 2015 semester.
Contact info:, or
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: Until filled.

Project: Goal-Setting and Exercise

Date Posted: 08/13/2015
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
Application Instructions: Contact Charles Heidrick at
Application Deadline: When positions are filled

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