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: Speaking in Work Teams

Date Posted: 1.2.2024
Description: Two ongoing projects that focus on understanding people's experiences with speaking in work teams need significant URA support. One is a lab-based study in which participants come into the lab, work together as a team while being video recorded and connected to physchophysiological recording equipment. Another is a field-based study in which working adults will complete an online intake meeting, then complete surveys for 3x per day for 10 work days. Afterwards, they will have the opportunity to have a one on one coaching session based on their data.
Duties: URAs will set up the lab study, run participants through it, and clean it up afterwards. This requires properly connecting people to psychophysiological recording equipment (ECG, respiration monitor, galvanic skin response monitor), reading a detailed script and following instructions perfectly, and answering any participant questions. URAs will also be asked to code video data as well as heart rate data. For the field study, URAs will be responsible for the intake meetings and setting up the survey schedules. URAs will receive training on any required duties.
Minimum requirements: Minimum GPA: 3.7. Course completed (or co-enrolled): PSY 250.
Research assistant positions open: 10
Contact Information: Email your resume along with answers to the questions below (in application instructions) to Dr. Keaton Fletcher (keaton.fletcher@colostate.edu).
Additional Information: Depending on performance in the first semester, a paid managerial position will be available to those interested. Opportunities to present at conferences will also be available for those interested.
Application Instructions: 1. What skills could you bring to this position and how did you develop them? 2. What are your career goals? 3. Are you able to commit to 10 hours/week for the next year?
Application Deadline: Initial deadline 1/20, late applications will be considered if there are still spaces.

Project: Wickens Human Factors Lab

Date Posted: 1.2.2024
Description: General overview: Our lab research falls under the domain of Human Factors Psychology, which is a field focused on improving human performance. We generally look to improve human decision-making in uncertain scenarios. We have three main projects currently underway: Automated Attention Guidance in Augmented Reality: This project aims to understand how people perform with automated attention cues presented in augmented reality, particularly when those cues are wrong. Aspects of Augmented Reality: This project aims to understand the tradeoffs between human factors design principles and issues that may occur when those principles are implemented in augmented reality (AR). Training with Augmented Reality: This project aims to understand the implications of augmented reality when using automated systems in the learning domain, and how to assess learners cognitive load in real time to adjust training content.
Duties: Run participants through studies in person in the lab. Required: 3-hour availability minimum. Pilot studies as needed and provide feedback. Attend weekly lab meetings
Minimum requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA
Research assistant positions open: 3-5
Contact Information: clegglab@gmail.com
Additional Information: Students must be interested in Human Factors, Engineering Psychology, and Applied Cognition. Have self-motivated with strong communication skills. Preference for students who plan to be involved in the lab for at least two semesters for credit
Application Instructions: Email clegglab@gmail.com. Include your GPA, resume, and any other important information
Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Project: Human Memory Processes

Date Posted: 1.2.2024
Description: We study different facets of how human operates by carrying out computerized memory experiments that implement various types of tasks involving memory. Among the facets of memory that we study are: Recall processes, feelings of familiarity, deja vu, tip-of-the-tongue experiences, and how memory relates to attention.
Duties: : Duties will primarily involve helping to run research participants through computerized memory experiments, assisting with stimulus preparation and task development, and attending regular lab meetings.
Minimum requirements: Minimum qualifications are a 3.0 GPA and a genuine interest in learning about the research that this lab is conducting
Research assistant positions open: 3
Contact Information: Please contact Dr. Anne Cleary at Anne.Cleary@colostate.edu and/or Brooke Carlaw at Brooke.Carlaw@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: Open until positions filled

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

Date Posted: 1.2.24
Description: We are seeking a self-motivated undergraduate student with strong work ethic interested in gaining experience as a research assistant with the Health, Emotion, and Aging Research Team (HEART Lab) in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University. The HEART conducts research on how people manage their emotions during stressful situations, and how successful coping may promote healthy physical and mental development across adulthood. This position is well-suited for students interested in learning more about stress, emotions, physical/mental health, and/or adult development and aging.
Duties: 1. Recruiting and communicating effectively with participants about study procedures and informed consent 2. Collecting data from participants via remote and in-person protocols 3. Entering and managing data from electronic surveys; cognitive and health tests; and physical activity trackers 4. Preparing literature reviews, reports, and development of research questions. Assisting with Institutional Review Board (IRB) amendments to study protocols 5. Processing compensation for participants and debriefing participants about study aims 6. Assisting with basic descriptive analyses of the data
Minimum requirements: Applicants must be currently registered as a full-time undergraduate student at Colorado State University with a 3.0 GPA or above. The candidate must be available for 9 hours per week for the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters.
Research assistant positions open: 2
Contact Information: Gloria Luong (Gloria.Luong@colostate.edu)
Additional Information: This research assistant position is expected to start ASAP in Fall 2023
Application Instructions: To apply, please visit: https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/hdfs/research/research-labs/health-emotion-and-aging-research-team/get-involved/ to learn more and email HEART@colostate.edu to request an application
Application Deadline: Rolling through Friday, September 22, 2023 or until positions are filled

Project: Polysubstance Use Research for Safer Substance Use

Date Posted: 1.2.2024
Description: The overall goal of the Prince Lab is to develop effective prevention and treatment approaches for substance use disorders. You can learn more about the Prince Lab here: https://psychlabs.colostate.edu/markprince/ The current project focuses on exploring motivations and consequences associated with using multiple substances (polysubstance use) and identifying strategies people use to stay safe when engaged in polysubstance use. This opportunity offers valuable hands-on experience for individuals eager to contribute to research from study design to completion.
Duties: 1) Develop a survey using Qualtrics. 2) Assist in preparing the Institutional Review Board (IRB) application. 3) Contribute to the creation of recruitment and study materials. 4) Recruit and communicate with participants about study procedures and informed consent. 5) Conduct basic descriptive analyses of data.
Minimum requirements: We are looking for students with a strong interest in research. Preference will be given to those passionate about substance use research, social justice issues and harm reduction. We encourage students to commit to the lab for at least two semesters.
Research assistant positions open: 1-2
Contact Information: naomi.mcfarland@colostate.edu
Additional Information: Underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Experienced assistants may have opportunities to present at academic conferences, assist with manuscript writing, and learn advanced statistical analysis techniques.
Application Instructions: Email Naomi at naomi.mcfarland@colostate.edu with the following information: Reason for applying, your major(s), GPA and year in school.
Application Deadline: Until filled.