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: Examining Walking Behavior in Virtual Reality as Compared with Real Life

Date Posted: 5.10.22
Description: Undergraduate research assistants (RA) needed to help with an ongoing research study over the summer semester examining walking behavior in virtual reality (VR) as compared to real life.
Duties: Attending training sessions. Conducting study sessions, including working with virtual reality (VR) and physical activity tracking technology and guiding participants to walk in both virtual and real environments. Following the study protocol. Obtaining participants consent. Reporting deviations from the protocol. Ensuring accuracy and completeness of each study session.
Minimum requirements: Effective oral communication. Attention to detail. Punctuality. Basic computer skills. Being available for at least 3 hours most weeks from May 30 through July is preferred. Being able to drive and having a vehicle is also preferred but not required.
Research assistant positions open: 6-8
Contact Information: f you are a highly motivated student with a background or interest in built environmental factors, health psychology, or other related fields, and would like to learn more about this project, please email skylar.yu@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: Please fill out the application form. Link: https://forms.gle/ohy1godhErQm6BYr5
Application Deadline: May 25, 2022

Project: Health, Emotion, and Aging Research Team (HEART)

Date Posted: 5.10.22
Description: The research conducted by the HEART (directed by Dr. Gloria Luong, Dept of Human Development and Family Studies) examines how people respond to stressors in daily life and major life events, and how such stressful experiences may influence health and well-being. We also study how these stressful experiences may differ across the lifespan and across different cultural contexts. We use a number of techniques to address these research questions, including lab experimental paradigms and experience sampling studies that collect data in daily life.
Duties: Primary duties involve data collection (interviewing research participants, collecting lab data), entering data, and recruiting research participants in the community (e.g., older adults). Other duties may involve data coding and analysis, literature reviews, and contacting community collaborators on projects. We have biweekly lab meetings to discuss the research projects.
Minimum requirements: Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be willing to commit to at least 2 semesters in the lab. Students should sign up for at least 3 credits (9 lab hours/week)
Research assistant positions open: 4 positions open
Contact Information: Email HEART@colostate.edu for an application and more information
Application Instructions: Email HEART@colostate.edu for an application and more information
Application Deadline: Recruiting will continue on a rolling basis until positions are filled but priority will be given to applications submitted sooner

Project: The Effect of Institution-Related Information on Experience Expectations

Date Posted: 5.10.22
Description: We are looking for several undergraduate research assistants (RA) to help with an ongoing qualitative research study examining how information about a university affects expectations of academic success and overall experience at that institution.
Duties: Attending training sessions. Conducting study sessions (i.e. interviews) in our lab space in Clark. Following the study protocol. Obtaining participants consent. Maintaining files. Recording study sessions. Transcribing interview recordings. Reporting deviations from the protocol. Ensuring accuracy and completeness of each study session.
Minimum requirements: Effective written and oral communication. Attention to details. Punctuality. Basic computer skills.
Research assistant positions open: 6-8
Contact Information: If you are a highly motivated student with a background or interest in built environmental factors, social psychology, or other related fields, and would like to learn more about this project, please contact Amanda Spitzer at Amanda.Spitzer@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: Rolling

Project: Epidemiological Survey of Native Youth

Date Posted: 5.10.22
Description: The Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct a yearly national epidemiological survey of 6th-12th grade students in schools on or near American Indian reservations, write academic journal publications, present at conferences, and work towards creating prevention programs tailored to the specific needs of rural Native youth.
Duties: 1. Assisting with academic publications through table/chart creation, formatting articles and references, contributing to research for literature reviews depending on time/interest. 2. Independently develop research topics for publications and conferences. 3. Updating database with current reservation-based school information. 4. Assisting in some manual preparation of parent letters that we would send to schools. Stuffing/stamping envelopes, etc. All duties are performed at the TEC offices on the CSU main campus.
Minimum requirements: Reliable, honest, detail oriented, available for 5 hours per week or more. Depending on level of interest in academic research, this could be tailored to be more academic research focused in preparation for grad school or a career in research. If credit hours are the primary focus, it could be more data collection and assisting staff. We are happy to work with the students on their goals for this assistantship as well.
Research assistant positions open: 2
Contact Information: Email to Allison.Burford@colostate.edu with your name, phone number, availability, and a sentence or two on what your ideal experience would be.
Additional Information: All staff/students who work at the Tri-Ethnic Center are required to complete CITI Human Subjects Research training (approx. 1-2 hours online certification).
Application Instructions: NA
Application Deadline: Rolling

Project: Perception of Visualizations, Graphs, and Infographics

Date Posted: 5.10.22
Description: Data science, or the field of Big Data, is changing the world. People make major life decisions based on the data including selection of University to attend, jobs to attain, stocks to purchase, houses to buy, partners to date, evacuation decisions in cases of severe weather such as hurricanes, impacts of human activity on climate change, and medical decisions. How is all of this data communicated? Typically, the data is presented in visualizations such as graphs and infographics. Yet, little research has explored the effectiveness of these visualizations and whether users can accurately extract the relevant information. This is especially true for complex data (such as weather) and for complicated decisions (such as medical choices). Furthermore, the presentation of information in visualizations may be more accessible to users with more education. When related to medical decisions, this creates a health disparity. The current research in the lab explores the effectiveness of various visualizations across a variety of populations.
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. Other duties may include stimulus preparation, data coding and analysis, and lab organization. Students who sign up for 3 credits will also 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 6 hours per week for 2 credits.
Research assistant positions open: Full for Spring 2021
Contact Information: Please email Amelia Warden with any questions or with your application at Amelia.Warden@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: To apply for a position in the lab, email Amelia Warden the following information: Name; Email; Year in School; Major(s); GPA and/or Major GPA; Number of hours that you are willing to work per week; and your Research Interests
Application Deadline: Until filled

Project: Family Relationships and Development

Date Posted: 5.10.22
Description: Research team is looking for several undergraduate students to be trained to assist with administration of a standardized task used to measure responding to stressful experiences. Students who join the team can receive course credit.
Duties: Dr. Lucas-Thompson will train undergraduate students to assist in meetings with adolescents from the community during some nights and weekends.
Minimum requirements: N/A
Research assistant positions open: Several
Contact Information: Interested students should email Dr. Lucas-Thompson (lucas-thompson.rachel.graham@colostate.edu) with a curriculum vitae or resume.
Application Instructions: Email Dr. Lucas-Thompson (lucas-thompson.rachel.graham@colostate.edu)
Application Deadline: Until filled

Project: Become an RA at the Center for Family and Couple Therapy

Date Posted: 5.10.22
Description: 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. 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. Other tasks at the CFCT include filing, auditing, and data entry. Additional responsibilities may arise as needed.
Duties: Assist therapy supervisors in creating marketing materials and promoting the CFCT at public events. Learn about the services offered in the clinic and the community partnerships that exist.
Minimum requirements: 2-3 credits per semester (6-9 hours per week); Talk to your advisor about registering for HDFS 498A or 498B
Research assistant positions open: 3-4
Contact Information: Maddie Shaw at cfctracoordinator@gmail.com
Application Instructions: please submit a resume to the above e-mail address
Application Deadline: Until filled

Project: Dr. Cleary's Human Memory Lab

Date Posted: 5.10.22
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. *Note that this year, lab meetings will most likely take place virtually over Zoom, and data collection efforts will likely be online instead of in-person. As data collection efforts will likely all be online, part of working in this lab may mean that you will run research participants through computerized memory experiments using Zoom and the share screen function (as an alternative to our usual in-person method in our physical lab space).
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. Expertise working with Excel and with manipulating images with graphics software or sounds with sound editing software is a plus, though not a requirement.
Research assistant positions open: 6-8
Contact Information: Please email Anne Cleary (Anne.Cleary@colostate.edu)
Application Instructions: Email: Name, Year in School, GPA, How many hours you are willing to work during the week, Days you are available, Research interersts, Plans after graduation.
Application Deadline: Until filled

Project: Exploring health disparities and resilience factors in Native American populations

Date Posted: 5.10.22
Description: Using various data sets to contribute to current literature in substance use and other health factors in Native populations.
Duties: Organizing and cleaning datasets, assisting in writing manuscripts, contribute to direction of research, and data analysis.
Minimum requirements: A desire to work with Native American populations and contribute to scientific literature.
Research assistant positions open: 2-3
Contact Information: Apply by emailing Joseph Bunch at joseph.bunch@colostate.edu to schedule an interview.
Additional Information: First-year students are encouraged to apply.
Application Instructions: NA
Application Deadline: Until Filled

Project: Comparisons and Perceptions of Post-Decree Family Conflict

Date Posted: 5.10.22
Description: This project involves studying severe cases of family conflict after divorce and separation, and how the public and professionals perceive these cases. It also involves a thorough literature review using several electronic databases.
Duties: Students will work with the research team to create study stimuli based on real-life cases of family conflict, and will assist with compiling a database of published literature on different forms of family violence. Students may also assist with identifying science denial techniques used to communicate with the public about family conflict.
Minimum requirements: Students should have GPA of 3.2 or higher, and ideally should have taken PSY317, although it is not required. Students need to be able to dedicate 9 hours a week to this project (scheduling is flexible).
Research assistant positions open: 3
Contact Information: Email Dr. Jennifer Harman: jjharman@colostate.edu.
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: Until the positions are filled.

Project: The Adult Development and Aging ProjecT (ADAPT)

Date Posted: 5.10.22
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: http://www.adapt.chhs.colostate.edu
Duties: Participant recruitmet. Literature searches and summarizing of literature. Data entry and data managemet.
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 Information: Professor: Manfred Diehl (manfred.diehl@colostate.edu) Lab Coordinator: Kat Thompson - primary contact (kat.thompson@colostate.edu) Office: Behavioral Science Building, Room 443 (Diehl) and Room 435
Application Instructions: First, download the application form from: http://www.adapt.chhs.colostate.edu/join.aspx . Second, read instructions carefully, and submit your completed application materials to kat.thompson@colostate.edu
Application Deadline: We will review applications on a first-come, first-serve basis.