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: Electrophysiology of Perceptual Processes

Date Posted: 12/05/2014
Description: The Troup Labís research consists of behavioral and electroencephalography (EEG) experiments on individual and group differences in face perception with an emphasis on face discrimination, identity discrimination and recognition, emotion processing, and empathy.
Duties: Research assistants will primarily aid in behavioral and EEG data collection and data entry. RAs will also have the opportunity to learn experimental design, data analysis, and participate in professional development seminars and research talks during lab meetings.
Minimum requirements: GPA: 3.0 minimum (Lower GPAs considered on a case-by-case basis). Time commitment: 6-9 hours/week for the semester (2-3 credits of PSY495E).
Research assistant positions open: Four to six positions currently open.
Contact info: Questions? Contact us at for further information.
Application Instructions: Complete the Troup lab research assistant application form online, or email to request a copy.
Application Location:
Application Deadline: Applications reviewed on an ongoing basis. Deadline to register for credit is in January for the spring semester 2015.

Project: Parental Alienation Project

Date Posted: 12/04/2014
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. 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. You may also come for office hours Wed, 10-12 during fall 2014 semester.
Application Deadline: N/A. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Project: Parent-Child Interaction Study

Date Posted: 12/4/2014
Description: Dr. Erika Lunkenheimer, a faculty member in HDFS, is looking for undergraduates who would like to join her Parent-Child Interaction Study as research assistants for volunteer positions or for credit. This research project examines biological and behavioral parent-child interaction patterns and how they may act as risk and protective factors for child abuse and neglect.
Duties: Duties could include working directly with families in the community to recruit them to the project, maintaining relations with community agencies, screening and scheduling families by phone, data collection, coding of family videos, and other laboratory administrative work.
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, for example, students who are considering a graduate degree in HDFS or Psychology.
Research assistant positions open:
Contact info: Dr. Lunkenheimer:
Additional information: Eligible for HDFS research credit.
Web page: To learn more about the project, please visit the 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: NA

Project: Food Media in Nepal

Date Posted: 12/05/2014
Description: Some food marketing messages can encourage people to eat unhealthy diets. This project is looking at these messages in Nepal. Some data are recorded TV food commercials from childrenís television, and other data are experimental survey responses about labels on food packages.
Duties: Duties vary by the phase of the project. Currently data need to be processed (e.g., survey data entry, video editing, etc.). Opportunities exist for motivated and capable students to move on to data analysis (e.g., open-ended responses need to be qualitatively analyzed; Hindi-language television needs to be coded and analyzed) and literature review.
Minimum requirements: Applicants should be enthusiastic with a strong work ethic and an interest in cross-cultural research. They should have a GPA 3.2 or higher. Past research experience, video editing experience and/or language skills in Nepali or Hindi are beneficial, but not required.
Research assistant positions open: 2
Contact info: Andrew Ogle (
Application Instructions: Please send a letter of interest, your complete resume, and contact information for 1-2 references (preferably past professors), and your availability (how many hours willing to work during the week and days/hours available).
Application Deadline: Open until filled

Project: CFERT

Date Posted: 12/16/2014
Description: CFERT is community based nonprofit program at CSU which provides multiple parenting education programs across Colorado and also evaluates those programs.
Duties: Responsibilities would include data entry and help generating yearly government reports. Great position if you want experience with evaluation or if your research interests include positive parenting practices or prevention of substance use.
Minimum requirements: Sophomore or above with at least a 3.0 GPA (flexible). Need to be able to work at least 3-6 hours (1-2 credits) per week.
Research assistant positions open: 2
Contact info: Juliana Rosa at or (970) 491-6031
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: Until filled.

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

Date Posted: 12/16/2014
Description: The Canetto Lab is looking for 1-2 highly motivated undergraduate students to participate in our lab spring semester. Currently the lab investigates the role of gender and culture in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.
Duties: Attend weekly lab meeting (Mondays 2-3), conduct literature reviews, read articles, interview transcription, data entry, and other duties as assigned.
Minimum requirements: To apply please do the following: 1. 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 Mondays from 2pm-3pm. 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 highly motivated undergraduate students
Contact info: Interested students should email Bernadette Pivarunas ( and Jaclyn Melendez ( and address the following questions: (see requirements section)
Additional information:
Application Instructions: see requirement section
Application Deadline: Until Filled.

Project: Dr. Cleary's Human Memory Lab

Date Posted: 12/04/2014
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: We have a large number of openings in the lab for the Spring 2015 semester.
Contact info: and
Application Instructions: Email the following info to and cc Name, email, year in school, major, GPA, how many hours willing to work during the week, days/hours available, research interests, plans for graduation.
Application Deadline: Until positions are filled or February 6, 2015

Project: Seeking Bilingual Research Assistant for a Paid Position

Date Posted: 12/15/2014
Description: A research team in Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, and Marketing is currently seeking applications for a research assistant who is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Duties: The research assistant who is hired will work directly with parents and children (5-10 years old) from the local community, most of whom are Spanish-speaking and/or bilingual, as part of a research study examining whether providing families with brief education about nutrition labeling results in healthier food choices while grocery shopping. Other duties may also include working with a local community organization (Vida Sana) to recruit and schedule families for this study, laboratory office work, data entry, or coding videos of parent-child observations.
Minimum requirements: To be eligible, students need a minimum 3.0 GPA and need to be able to work for Spring and Summer 2015 (and potentially beyond) on the project. In addition to being bilingual, the successful applicant will be responsible, mature, hard-working, and have an interest in learning how to conduct research with families from the community. Previous experience conducting research and/or working with families and children is strongly preferred but not required. In addition, 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, or a related field.
Research assistant positions open:
Contact info: If interested, please email Dr. Lucas-Thompson at
Application Instructions: Include descriptions of: - your fluency/experience with Spanish - your relevant experience - the reason for your interest in this position. If you have one, please attach a resume / curriculum vitae.
Application Deadline: We will begin considering applications on January 10th, 2015, but will continue to consider applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Project: The Adult Development and Aging ProjecT (ADAPT)

Date Posted: 12/04/2014
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 recruitmet. Literature searches and summarizing of literature. Data entry and data managemen. 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: Allyson Brothers (primary contact) ( Office: Behavioral Science Building, Room 443 (Diehl) and Room 435 (Brothers)
Application Instructions: First, download the application form from: . Second, read instructions carefully, and submit your completed application materials to .
Application Location:
Application Deadline: We will review applications on a first-come, first-serve basis. RAs are needed for the Spring 2015 semester, starting the first week of classes.

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