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: Cognitive Aging and Online Training?

Date Posted: 3/29/18
Description: This is a one semester project to finish a study started a year ago that factors that facilitate or hurt older adults (ages 55-70) from learning in an online context. We collected data from both college students and older adults who completed a brief online training program under various conditions. The next steps in the project are to score their test responses ?to measure learning, analyze the data, and write up the study.
Duties: Reliably scoring short answer questions using a protocol. Meetings to be trained in scoring and to calibrate scoring. Update the literature review. RAs are welcome to participate in the statistical analysis and review drafts of a paper for publication.
Minimum requirements: Must have completed PSY 250 and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Taking cognitive psychology is a plus but not necessary. In the I/O concentration is a plus, but not necessary.?
Research assistant positions open: 3-4
Contact info: Contact
Additional information: Students who are currently in the MUGGS program should identify who their graduate mentor is.
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: 12/1/18

Project: How Many will you Build? Study, Daily Diary Study, Meaning Workshop, & Other Related Lab Tasks

Date Posted: 4/17/18
Description: As an undergraduate research assistant in the Laboratory for the Study of Meaning and Quality of Life with Dr. Michael Steger, you will be asked to help run multiple studies with other opportunities to contribute to writing projects ongoing in the lab. In the primary study this semester, you will be asked to conduct experiments which will help us understand the factors that influence how much time people spend on tasks and how many objects they build. You may also be asked to help run a daily diary study, which asks undergraduates to respond daily to various psychological and physical health questions. For these studies, you will help facilitate the collection of data. There is also an ongoing meaning workshop study, which involves facilitating workshops to help people find meaning in their lives. There may be opportunities to be trained in this workshop in spring semester with the expectation that you could help facilitate groups. There will also be opportunities to contribute to ongoing writing projects, which may include data cleaning, data analysis, and scholarly writing.
Duties: Each undergraduate research assistant is required to attend weekly lab meetings, which take place on Mondays at 5:00 PM. It will also require that undergraduate research assistants attend relevant trainings, administer questionnaires, facilitate lab-related activities, and take attendance for these activities. It is optional to participate in ongoing writing projects. It is desirable for individuals who apply for this lab to be self-motivated and self-directed.
Minimum requirements: GPA above 3.3; Completed introductory psychology;
Research assistant positions open: 5 - 10
Contact info: Please fill out the application that can be obtained here: and send to Analeigh Dao at A graduate student will potentially follow up to schedule an interview.
Application Instructions: Email Analeigh Dao at A graduate student will potentially follow up to schedule an interview.
Application Deadline: 8/31/18

Project: Dr. Canetto's Genders Research Team

Date Posted: 4/6/18
Description: Dr. Canetto's research team is looking for 1-2 research assistants. The team primary research study focuses on the role of gender and culture in science and engineering interest, persistence and success. Research on gender, culture and suicidal behavior is also being conducted. To be eligible as research assistants, students need to be able to dedicate a minimum of 6 hours per week (2 credits) for two semesters.
Duties: Include attending the weekly research seminar (Fall semester 2018 it is Mondays 4-5), literature reviews, reading and presenting articles, interview transcription, data entry and coding, research team organization, preparation of reports and presentations, and other duties.
Minimum requirements: 1. A GPA of 3.0 or greater is preferred, but students with lower GPAs who have other indicators of research motivation and success (for example, students who are conscientious, self-motivated, and organized) will be considered. 2. Ability to work 6-9 hours/week (2-3 credits).
Research assistant positions open: 1-2
Contact info: Veronica Scherbak,
Additional information: Application Requirements: Name; Contact information; Yr. in School; Major(s); GPA; Major GPA; # of hrs per week you are willing to work/week (a minimum of 6 hours per week is required); past and current research experience, and reason for interest.
Application Instructions: Interested students should email Veronica Scherbak their application. Please include the information listed above as APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS. Please attach a resume if you have one.
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Project: Mechanisms of timing

Date Posted: 1/30/18
Description: Timing influences our every day lives. Healthy individuals use timing to track plans, activities, and make decisions. Individuals with psychological disorders or distress may experience deficits in timing. This study seeks to examine and relate different levels of timing: 1. neurological 2. behavioral, and 3. Psychosocial. Neurological testing is examined using electrocochleography (EEG) to measure brain activity whereas behavioral and psychosocial testing are examined through specific assessments.
Duties: Students will lead participants through lab sessions. These will include use of research-grade electrocochleography (EEG) to measure brain activity, administration of surveys as well as neuropsychological and behavioral assessments. Students will be responsible for data analysis, data entry, literature searches, and attending lab meetings as applicable. Students have opportunities for autonomous research projects and professional development (e.g., conference presentations).
Minimum requirements: Minimum GPA of 3.5. Students interested should email Dr. Davalos or Lara Pantlin with the following materials: Name; Email; Yr. in School; GPA; # of hrs. your would like to work per week, an updated resume/CV with relevant courses, and a written statement. For the written statement, write 1-2 paragraphs addressing why you are interested in this lab, you (current) long-term career plans, and how working in this lab fits with your interests and plans.
Research assistant positions open: 5
Contact info: Complete application and email either Dr. Deana Davalos at or Lara Pantlin at
Application Instructions:
Application Deadline: April 30th, 2018

Project: Dr. Witt's Action-Specific Perception Lab

Date Posted: 3/29/18
Description: The research done in this lab examines how a person's ability to act influences perception. For example, baseball players who are hitting well see the ball as bigger. Similarly, hills look steeper and distances look farther to perceivers who are fatigued, overweight, or out of shape. This research demonstrates that what you see is not just determined by optical information received by the eye, but also by the perceiver's intentions and abilities. We study this phenomenon in college students, athletes, and people in the community.
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 and from athletic venues (gyms, ski mountains, rock climbing areas). Other duties may include stimulus preparation, data coding and analysis, and lab organization. Students will 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 9 hours/week for 3 credits (6 hours/week for 2 credits may be considered for exceptional and experienced students)
Research assistant positions open: 4 openings
Contact info: Please email Dr. Witt at:
Application Instructions: Email Dr. Witt the following information: Name; Email; Yr. in School; Major(s); GPA; Major GPA; # of hrs. you're willing to work/week; Days & Hrs. you're available to work; and your Research Interests
Application Deadline: By the end of the first week of classes.

Project: Parental alienation: understanding power and aggression in families after divorce

Date Posted: 1/11/18
Description: This project entails being part of a research team that is conducting two separate qualitative analyses of interview transcripts that were conducted with parents who have been alienated from their children. The first project is examining power dynamics in families that are affected by this problem, and the other is examining gender differences in the use of different aggressive behaviors that are commonly used by parents who alienate their children from another parent.
Duties: Students will be trained on the detailed coding schemes used to analyze the transcripts, and then work on small teams or in pairs to code the transcripts. The first step of the coding process entails working individually, and then meeting with the team/partner to compare and reconcile coding. The student will also meet every other week for a lab meeting with the entire team.
Minimum requirements: Students should have completed research methods (PSY250) and the social psychology lab (PSY317), or be currently enrolled in PSY317. Students should have a GPA of 3.4 or higher. Students must register for 2-3 research credits.
Research assistant positions open: Five
Contact info: Interested students should contact Dr. Jennifer Harman ( and/or visit her office on Tuesday, January 16th 12-2 pm, or Friday, January 19th between 10 and 1 pm.
Additional information: Only apply for this project if you feel that the topic is something you want to do something about, and if you feel comfortable reading about how other families have been dealing with this problem. Students must register for 2-3 research credits
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: Friday, January 19th

Project: Exploring power dynamics in a variety of relationship contexts

Date Posted: 1/11/18
Description: Right on target: Perceptions and prevalence of stalking in parental alienation. This project has two studies that examine both qualitative and quantitative data regarding parental alienation and stalking behaviors (participants' experiences with the topic as well as perceptions towards the topic). Project 2: Dissertation - I want to explore the power dynamics involved in recreational jobs (e.g. white water rafting) and how this influences people's experiences while employed or trying to be hired within that field.
Duties: Coding qualitative data, assisting with literature review (building an article database), attend monthly meetings to discuss research, calibrate on projects.
Minimum requirements: Please e-mail Ellen Ratajack a letter of interest in the position and why you believe you are a good fit for the research team. Interviews will be conducted and we will schedule a time to discuss the RA positions in more depth.
Research assistant positions open: 3
Contact info: E-mail:
Additional information: This is a great opportunity for students who want to have more experience conducting research while also meeting with peers to discuss their own interest in research. Students pursusing grad school are more competitive w/ research experience and skills.
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: January 17, 2018

Project: Center for Family & Couple Therapy

Date Posted: 7/10/18
Description: Become a RA at the Center for Family and Couple Therapy. If you are interested in: -Research-Therapeutic methods-Individual or Group Therapy-Families, Couples, or Individuals-How a nonprofit therapy center is run-Making connections with faculty and students..this is a good opportunity for you. You will 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. Learn about the business of running the CFCT. Learn about the services offered in the clinic and the community partnerships that exist.
Duties: 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. Assist therapy supervisors in creating marketing materials and promoting the CFCT at public events. Other tasks at the CFCT include filing, auditing, and data entry. Additional responsibilities may arise as needed.
Minimum requirements: Preferably HDFS, Social Work, or Psychology undergraduate student but other majors are welcome to apply! Computer use: email, Microsoft Office Suite, Interest in learning more about helping professions, especially Marriage and Family Therapy, and Able to adhere to strict confidentiality
Research assistant positions open: NA
Contact info: Kayla Sapakoff to learn more about the position:
Additional information: Earn Upper Division Credit - Between 1 and 3 credits per semester (3-9 hours per week) -Talk to your advisor about registering for HDFS 498A/B
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: NA

Project: Dr. Clegg's Lab

Date Posted: 01/27/2018
Description: The Clegg Lab conducts research investigating a variety of aspects of human performance, particularly how to apply principles from cognitive psychology to real-world tasks and skills. The work examines issues such as training and automation.
Duties: Research assistants help by running participants in studies, they assist with the data, and sometimes get involves in setting experiments up. RAs in the lab should be willing to commit 3 or more hours per week to the job.
Minimum requirements: Ideally students have a GPA of 3.2+, and are reliable and self-motivated.
Research assistant positions open: Varies
Contact info: Email
Application Instructions: Email to let us know you are interested, and explain why you want to become an RA.
Application Deadline: NA

Project: Family Relationships and Development

Date Posted: 2/2/18
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 info: Interested students should email Dr. Lucas-Thompson ( with a curriculum vitae or resume.
Application Instructions: Email Dr. Lucas-Thompson (
Application Deadline: NA

Project: Mindfulness and Family Resilience Lab

Date Posted: 4/27/18
Description: The Mindfulness and Family Resilience Lab, directed by Dr. Doug Coatsworth, conducts studies focusing on how mindfulness is associated with personal well-being and interpersonal relationships. In particular, we are interested in how mindfulness affects interactions between parents and their children and how what we learn about mindfulness can be used to inform and create future prevention and intervention efforts for families. Within our lab, we have two projects: Project Mind-Heart (PMH) and Mindful Parent Observational Study (MPOS). We are looking for research assistants for both PMH and MPOS.
Duties: Coding video recordings of interactions between parents and children or youth, which involves learning the specific protocol used for coding affect, behavior, and speech and learning how to use common behavioral sciences coding software. Coordinating and communicating with team members to discuss progress and implement changes for the project. Literature searches, reviews, and readings on contemplative practices. Attending biweekly project meetings.
Minimum requirements: 6 hours a week of work (2 course credits), and scheduling is quite flexible. It is preferred that the student be willing to commit to the lab for at least 2 semesters. A good candidate would be attentive to detail, able to work independently and be self-motivated, flexible, and willing to learn new tasks, techniques, programs, etc.
Research assistant positions open: 4-6
Contact info: Kathleen Wendt (
Application Instructions: email Kathleen Wendt ( with a resume and brief description of why you are interested in the position, including any specific research interests (i.e., work involving young children or adolescents).
Application Deadline: Priority deadline May 1. Recruiting will continue on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

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

Date Posted: 7/10/18
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 2 credits (6 lab hours/week)
Research assistant positions open: 4 positions open
Contact info: Email for an application and more information
Application Instructions: Email 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: Work-family Interface, Sleep and Fatigue Study

Date Posted: 2/9/18
Description: We are looking for students interested in I-O psychology to help with research projects related to the work-family interface, sleep and fatigue, and occupational stress.
Duties: Scoring of objective sleep data, literature reviews, survey development, data analysis, and writing of papers. Note that students need no prior research experience; training will be provided for all tasks.
Minimum requirements: Must have completed PSY 250 and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Being in the I-O concentration is a plus, but not necessary.
Research assistant positions open: 2-3
Contact info: Dr. Tori Crain (
Additional information: Students who are currently in the MUGSS program should identify who their graduate mentor is.
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: until filled

Project: Sensation Seeking and Health Risk Behaviors

Date Posted: 3/30/18
Description: We are interested in the relationship between sensation seeking as a personality type and high-risk health behaviors such as substance use, sexual behavior, and delinquency. In conjunction with this research, we are interested in identifying behavioral measures which correlate with sensation seeking.
Duties: Students will work with a graduate research assistant through the Counseling Psychology program to administer a range of studies and behavioral measures to PSY100 research participants. The position requires 4.5 hours per week throughout the Fall 2018 semester.
Minimum requirements: We are looking for students with a strong interest in research and research application. Successful applicants will be reliable, collaborative and detail-oriented. Completion of PSY250 (Research Methods in Psychology) and PSY360 (Psychology of Drug Addiction Treatment) a plus.
Research assistant positions open: Several undergraduate research positions are available for the Fall 2018 semester.
Contact info: Email or In your email, please include reason for interest, year in school, major(s), GPA, and major GPA.
Additional information: Underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: Until filled.

Project: Horticultural Therapy Data Collection

Date Posted: 3/29/18
Description: This position is very hands-on, will spend time outside, and involves direct data collection. Some of the work will be at Loveland Youth Gardeners, which works with youth with disabilities and youth who are at-risk. The youth spend their summer working in the gardens, learning social skills, vocational skills, and emotional regulation.
Duties: Record client observations in a garden setting.
Minimum requirements: GPA of 3.0, ability to take on 1-2 credits (3-6 hours per week), comfortable searching article databases, organized with legible handwriting (and/or ability to type the data), and strong attention to detail. Completion of Introduction to Horticultural Therapy and/or Research Methods in Psychology is a plus.
Research assistant positions open: 1
Contact info: E-mail the following: name, year in school, GPA, and reason for interest
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: until filled; student needed as soon as March 1st.

Project: Ecopsychology and Horticultural Therapy

Date Posted: 1/18/18
Description: Current projects include a review on integrating ecopsychology when teaching psychology courses and a project about horticultural therapy for youth who have experienced trauma.
Duties: The undergraduate research assistant would primarily assist with literature reviews and reviewing drafts, with the possibility of presenting at a conference. Opportunity to expand duties according to preference and with experience.
Minimum requirements: GPA of 3.0, ability to take on 1-2 credits (3-6 hours per week), comfortable searching article databases, and strong attention to detail. Completion of Introduction to Horticultural Therapy and/or Research Methods in Psychology is a plus.
Research assistant positions open: 1
Contact info:
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project with name, year in school, GPA, number of hours you would like to work per week, and reason for interest
Application Deadline: until filled; students needed as soon as the first week of spring 2018 semester

Project: The Adult Development and Aging ProjecT (ADAPT)

Date Posted: 3/30/18
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 recruitment; Literature searches and summarizing of literature; Data entry and data management; 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: Eden Griffin (primary contact) ( Office: Behavioral Science Building, Room 443 (Diehl) and Room 438 (Griffin)
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Location: First, download the application from . Second, read instructions carefully, and submit your completed application materials to
Application Deadline: We will review applications on a first-come, first-serve basis. RAs are needed for Summer and Fall 2018

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