Psychology

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: 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: allison.grant@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: Please email a brief cover letter and resume to allison.grant@colostate.edu 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: Healthy Cognitive Aging Lab

Date Posted: 04/27/2015
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 allison.bielak@colostate.edu
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, jjharman@colostate.edu
Web page: To learn more about the project, please visit the lab website: http://lamar.colostate.edu/~jjharman/
Application Instructions: Email Dr. Harman at jjharman@colostate.edu, 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: Parenting Young Children Project

Date Posted: 04/17/2015
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, starting in SUMMER 2015.
Duties: Duties could include data collection with families and children, data entry, or the editing of physiological (heart rate) data. 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: erika.lunkenheimer@colostate.edu
Additional information: Eligible for HDFS research credit.
Web page: To learn more about the project, please visit our lab website: http://parentchild.colostate.edu
Application Instructions: If interested, please email Dr. Lunkenheimer at erika.lunkenheimer@colostate.edu, 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: Interest, Persistence, and Success of Women and Men in Science and Engineering

Date Posted: 4/13/2015
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.
Duties: Attending weekly lab meeting (Mondays 2-3), 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: 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 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
Contact info: Bernadette Pivarunas: bernadette.pivarunas@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: Interested students should email Bernadette Pivarunas (bernadette.pivarunas@colostate.edu) and Jaclyn Melendez (jaclyn.menendez@colostate.edu) and address the questions listed above "Requirements" section.
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 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 (andrew.ogle@colostate.edu)
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 juliana.rosa@colostate.edu or (970) 491-6031
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: Until filled.


Project: Applied Research in Cognitive Psychology

Date Posted: 4/13/2015
Description: Dr. Clegg’s applied cognitive psychology lab is looking for undergraduates who would like to become research assistants for Fall 2015. For a more information about the research done in the lab please visit http://lamar.colostate.edu/~bclegg/
Duties: Responsibilities include regular attendance at weekly lab meetings, collecting data from participants, and reading articles. Other opportunities to learn how to program experiments, code and analyze data, and conduct a research project on a topic of student interest may also be available. Research assistants will be responsible for a general understanding of the research conducted in the lab.
Minimum requirements: Applicants should be reliable and responsible with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Need to be able to work 3-9 hours a week (1-3 credits). Interest in Cognitive Psychology preferred.
Research assistant positions open: 5-10
Contact info: Alex Vieane: alex.vieane@colostate.edu.
Application Instructions: E-mail Alex Vieane at alex.vieane@colostate.edu.
Application Deadline: Until positions are 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 Charles.Heidrick@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: Contact Charles Heidrick at Charles.Heidrick@colostate.edu
Application Deadline: When positions are filled


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