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: Cognitive Aging and Online Training?

Date Posted: 12/4/17
Description: This is a one semester project to finish a study started a year ago that factors that facilitate or hurt older adults (ages 55-70) from learning in an online context. We collected data from both college students and older adults who completed a brief online training program under various conditions. The next steps in the project are to score their test responses ?to measure learning, analyze the data, and write up the study.
Duties: Reliably scoring short answer questions using a protocol. Meetings to be trained in scoring and to calibrate scoring. Update the literature review. RAs are welcome to participate in the statistical analysis and review drafts of a paper for publication.
Minimum requirements: Must have completed PSY 250 and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Taking cognitive psychology is a plus but not necessary. In the I/O concentration is a plus, but not necessary.?
Research assistant positions open: 3-4
Contact info: Contact ?
Additional information: Students who are currently in the MUGGS program should identify who their graduate mentor is.
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: ?12/15/17

Project: How Many will you Build? Study, Daily Diary Study, Meaning Workshop, & Other Related Lab Tasks

Date Posted: 11/28/17
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 primary study this semester, you will be asked to conduct experiments which will help us understand the factors that influence how much time people spend on tasks and how many objects they build. You may also be asked to help run a daily diary study, which asks undergraduates to respond daily to various psychological and physical health questions. For these studies, you will help facilitate the collection of data. There is also an ongoing meaning workshop study, which involves facilitating workshops to help people find meaning in their lives. There may be opportunities to be trained in this workshop in spring semester with the expectation that you could help facilitate groups in the fall. 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 activities. 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: 5 - 10
Contact info: Please fill out the application that can be obtained here: and send to Jessica Morse at A graduate student will potentially follow up to schedule an interview.
Application Instructions: Email Jessica Morse with a application. A graduate student will potentially follow up to schedule an interview.
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Project: Dr. Cleary's Human Memory Lab

Date Posted: 08/22/2017
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: 5-6
Contact info: Please email your application to Dr. Anne Cleary at:
Application Instructions: Email 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: 8/31/17

Project: Dr. Henry’s Rochester Youth Development Study

Date Posted: 10/9/17
Description: The study takes a longitudinal and intergenerational approach to understanding drug use, social inequalities and health disparities
Duties: Duties include coding verbatim job data, lab organization, attending consensus meetings, and general data management. Coders will be trained in order to obtain reliable job codes based on existing coding schemes. Training will require initial group meetings. After, coders will work independently to code job information.
Minimum requirements: Reliable, conscientious, and motivated. Prior experience working in a research lab is desired. A GPA of 3.5 of above is preferred, but those with lower GPAs will still be considered for those who demonstrate the ability to succeed in the role. Ability to work 4-5 hours per week
Research assistant positions open: 2-3
Contact info: Please contact Della Agbeke at
Additional information: Research credit is available for both Fall and Spring semesters (Please ask for more information).
Application Instructions: Name, contact information, year in school, major(s), GPA, hours willing to work per week (a minimum of 4 is required), past and current research experience, reason for interest
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until position is filled

Project: Dr. Canetto's Genders Research Team

Date Posted: 12/4/17
Description: Dr. Canetto's research team is looking for 1-2 research assistants. The team primary research study focuses on the role of gender and culture in science and engineering interest, persistence and success. Research on gender, culture and suicidal behavior is also being conducted. To be eligible as research assistants, students need to be able to dedicate a minimum of 6 hours per week (2 credits) for two semesters.
Duties: Include attending the weekly research seminar (Fall semester 2017 it is Mondays 4-5), 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 motivation and success (for example, students who are conscientious, self-motivated, and organized) will be considered. 2. Ability to work 6-9 hours/week (2-3 credits).
Research assistant positions open: 1-2
Contact info: Veronica Scherbak,
Additional information: Application Requirements: Name; Contact information; Yr. in School; Major(s); GPA; Major GPA; # of hrs per week you are willing to work/week (a minimum of 6 hours per week is required); past and current research experience, and reason for interest.
Application Instructions: Interested students should email Veronica Scherbak 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: Dr. Witt's Action-Specific Perception Lab

Date Posted: 8/19/17
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: Working in the Cannabis Industry

Date Posted: 12/4/17
Description: We are looking for RAs to help to us with coding and analyzing data from a project called “Work and Well-Being in the Cannabis Industry”. This project has been focused on the health, safety, and well-being of workers in the Colorado cannabis industry. In this particular part of the project, we are looking at the reasons people chose to work in the cannabis industry and what sense of purpose they get from this type of work.
Duties: RAs for this project would be responsible for reading and interpreting participants’ survey responses, coding data, and potentially assisting with data analysis. Most of the data interpretation and coding would be conducted individually by the student on their own time, after being trained to do so. RAs would also meet regularly with the research team (once every 1-2 weeks) for approximately 2 months.
Minimum requirements: Students must be available to work approximately 3 hours per week for at least 2 months. Students must be reliable, conscientious, and self-disciplined, as some of this work will be done individually outside of our meetings. All students will be considered, although preference will be given for students with 1) a GPA of at least 3.0 or above; 2) prior experience as a research assistant; and 3) completion of PSY250 (Research Methods in Psychology). The ideal student would fulfill these criteria and also have general interests in research, research methods, and potentially even cannabis and/or the cannabis industry.
Research assistant positions open: Flexible; at least 3-4 open
Contact info: Email Kevin Walters at to learn more or apply for a position.
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: Flexible, but desired before 1/15/18. RAs are needed early in the Spring 2018 semester.

Project: Campus Connections Coding Positions

Date Posted: 04/27/17
Description: The Campus Connections research team is looking for several undergraduate students to be trained as serve as coders of interpersonal interactions between mentor-mentee relationships. Hired students have the option: 1) to be paid hourly, 2) receive course credit, or 3) code as part of the honors thesis (as part of which the student would do basic analyses of these data for a final thesis).
Duties: Dr. Lucas-Thompson will train the coders in order to obtain reliable and valid ratings of various dimensions of mentor-mentee interactions; training will require group meetings for a few weeks. After that, students will be able to work independently for most of their hours to code the recordings.
Minimum requirements: Students would have the option to being their involvement over the summer or in the fall, but either way students would be expected to make a commitment to be involved in the project through the 2017-2018 school year.
Research assistant positions open: NA
Contact info: Interested students should email Dr. Lucas-Thompson ( by May 1 with information about why they're interested, as well as a curriculum vitae or resume.
Application Instructions: Email Dr. Lucas-Thompson (
Application Deadline: May 1st

Project: Center for Family & Couple Therapy

Date Posted: 03/22/2017
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. Assist therapy supervisors in creating marketing materials and promoting the CFCT at public events. Other tasks at the CFCT include filing, auditing, and data entry. Additional responsibilities may arise as needed.
Minimum requirements: •Preferably HDFS, Social Work, or Psychology undergraduate student – but other majors are welcome to apply! • Computer use: email, Microsoft Office Suite, other • Interest in learning more about helping professions, especially Marriage and Family Therapy •Able to adhere to strict confidentiality
Research assistant positions open: NA
Contact info: Contact Abby Polly and Racheal Reed. To learn more about the postion email Abby and Racheal at:
Additional information: Earn Upper Division Credit • 3 credits per semester (˜9 hours per week) •Talk to your advisor about registering for HDFS 498A/B
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: NA

Project: Dr. Clegg's Lab

Date Posted: 01/27/2017
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.
Duties: Research assistants help by running participants in studies, they assist with the data, and sometimes get involves in setting experiments up. 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
Application Instructions: Email to let us know you are interested, and explain why you want to become an RA.
Application Deadline: NA

Project: Personality and Neurofeedback

Date Posted: 8/19/17
Description: Neurofeedback is a method to increase explicit awareness of brain wave activity in an effort to alter or improve the person's ability to carry out day-to-day functions. This study aims to investigate personality characteristics and cognitive abilities that may indicate which, if any, individual profiles are likely to respond to neurofeedback treatment.
Duties: Students will lead participants through lab sessions, including self report, behavioral, and psychophysiological data collection. Students will be responsible for data analysis, data entry, literature searches, and attending lab meetings as applicable. Students have opportunities for professional development (e.g., conference presentations).
Minimum requirements: Minimum GPA of 3.5
Research assistant positions open: 2
Contact info: Complete application and email either Dr. Deana Davalos at or Marielle Darwin at
Application Instructions: Email Dr. Davalos for additional questions about the position. If you are interested in applying, please email Dr. Davalos with the following information: Name; Email; Yr. in School; GPA; # of hrs. you would like to work per week and reason for interest.
Application Deadline: NA

Project: Rhodes Memory and Metacognition Lab

Date Posted: 8/19/17
Description: We study many aspect of learning and memory and how people understand those process (metacognition). Recent projects include a study of how motivation influences memory, memory for faces of individuals from the same and different ethnic groups, and the effect of pre-testing on learning.
Duties: Testing participants, attending lab meeting, data coding; as students progress in the lab, they are given the opportunity to take on more responsibilities.
Minimum requirements: 3.40 GPA; ability to take on 2-3 credit hours; 2-semester commitment
Research assistant positions open: 2
Contact info: E-mail Dr. Rhodes at
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: NA

Project: Sensation Seeking and Health Risk Behaviors

Date Posted: 12/7/17
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: Five undergraduate research positions are available for the Spring 2018 semester.
Contact info: Email or In your email, please include reason for interest, year in school, major(s), GPA, and major GPA.
Additional information: Underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: Until filled.

Project: The Adult Development and Aging ProjecT (ADAPT)

Date Posted: 10/18/17
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:
Duties: Participant recruitment; Literature searches and summarizing of literature; Data entry and data management; Basic statistical analyses using SPSS and/or SAS (with guidance)
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 ( Lab Coordinator: Eden Griffin (primary contact) ( Office: Behavioral Science Building, Room 443 (Diehl) and Room 438 (Griffin)
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Location: First, download the application from . Second, read instructions carefully, and submit your completed application materials to
Application Deadline: We will review applications on a first-come, first-serve basis. RAs are needed for the Spring 2018 semester, starting the first week of classes.

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