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. 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:

Project: Festival Study, Cyberball Study, How Much will you Build? Study and Other Related Lab Tasks

Date Posted: 01/19/2017
Description: As an undergraduate research assistant in the Laboratory for the Study of Meaning and Quality of Life with Dr. Michael Steger, you will be asked to help run multiple studies, with other opportunities to contribute to writing projects ongoing in the lab. In the first study, the Festival Study, you will be asked to guide participants through a study in which they are rating familiarity with holiday related stimuli. In the second study, the Cyberball study, you will be asked to help guide participants through a game called Cyberball. In a third study, you will be asked to conduct experiments involving understanding the factors that influence how much time people spend on tasks and how many objects they build. For all of these studies, you will help facilitate the collection of data. There will also be opportunities to contribute to ongoing writing projects, which may include data cleaning, data analysis, and scholarly writing.
Duties: Each undergraduate research assistant is required to attend weekly lab meetings, which take place on Mondays at 5:00 PM. It will also require that undergraduate research assistants attend relevant trainings, administer questionnaires, facilitate lab-related activities, and take attendance for these activites. It is optional to participate in ongoing writing projects. It is desirable for individuals who apply for this lab to be self-motivated and self-directed.
Minimum requirements: GPA above 3.3; Completed introductory psychology;
Research assistant positions open: 10
Contact info: Contact Jessica Morse at or Maeve O’Donnell via e-mail at
Application Instructions: Email Jessica Morse or Maeve O’Donnell 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: 02/10/2017

Project: Dr. Henry’s Prosocial Development Lab

Date Posted: 01/19/2017
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:
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: 01/19/2017
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:
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: Simulation based videogames: Understanding learning processes

Date Posted: 01/19/2017
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. Ras will also be involved in weekly activities and other research related tasks.
Minimum requirements: GPA 3.5+, must have completed PSY100 and PSY250.
Research assistant positions open: 3 positions available
Contact info: To apply please contact Diana Sanchez at
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 spring semester but preference will be given on a first-come, first-served basis and recruitment will stop after the first month of the semester.

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