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: 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: 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 children’s 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: Goal-Setting and Exercise

Date Posted: 02/11/2015
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: 2
Contact info: Charles Heidrick at
Application Instructions: Contact Charles Heidrick at
Application Deadline: When positions are filled

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