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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: How Many will you Build? Study & Other Related Lab Tasks

Date Posted: 8/16/19
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 projects of graduate students. For those studies, you will help facilitate the collection of data. 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 Information: Please fill out the application that can be obtained here: http://www.michaelfsteger.com/?page_id=87 and send to Analeigh Dao at Analeigh.Dao@colostate.edu. A graduate student will potentially follow up to schedule an interview.
Application Instructions: Email Analeigh Dao at Analeigh.Dao@colostate.edu. A graduate student will potentially follow up to schedule an interview.
Application Deadline: 8/31/19


Project: Perception of Visualizations, Graphs, and Infographics

Date Posted: 8/16/19
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 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
Contact Information: Please email Emily Laitin with any questions or with your application at Emily.Laitin@colostate.edu
Application Instructions: To apply for a position in the lab, email Emily Laitin 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: By the end of the first week of classes (1/25/19)


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

Date Posted: 8/16/19
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 Information: Interested students should contact Dr. Jennifer Harman (jjharman@@colostate.edu) 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: Dr. Clegg's Lab

Date Posted: 8/16/19
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. https://sites.google.com/a/rams.colostate.edu/clegglab/
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 Information: Email clegglab@gmail.com
Application Instructions: Email clegglab@gmail.com to let us know you are interested, and explain why you want to become an RA.
Application Deadline: NA


Project: Child Trauma & Resilience Assessment Center (CTRAC) Research Assistant

Date Posted: 8/16/19
Description: The CTRAC assessment team conducts 3-4 comprehensive assessments every week for children and adolescents involved in the child welfare system. During each assessment, the team collects extensive data through cognitive testing and various survey measures (e.g., youth self-report, caregiver, teacher, etc.). In addition, the lead assessor creates an in-depth report for each child that provides an overview of the assessment and offers recommendations for building long-term resilience.
Duties: The CTRAC RA will serve a critical role in helping to develop a clinical dataset for the center. One of CTRACs long-term goals is to build greater awareness of the prevalence of childhood trauma, as well as the long-term impact that trauma can have on a child. One way we can achieve this goal is by collecting and analyzing our data, then recording the findings and submitting them for publication in influential journals in our field. This journey begins with high-quality data entry and dataset creation.
Minimum requirements: We are looking for a student who is committed to supporting the well-being of children in our community. This is a 3-credit position, which requires 9 hours of work per week throughout the semester. Additional requirements include: Strong attention to detail Ability to be flexible and adaptive in a fast-paced environment Proactive and professional in the workplace Previous experience using SPSS and Excel strongly preferred
Research assistant positions open: 1
Contact Information: Please contact CK Rizzo (ck.kemp@colostate.edu) to set up a phone interview
Application Instructions: Please include a brief cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for this position.
Application Deadline: NA


Project: Faultline Dynamics in Teams

Date Posted: 8/16/19
Description: This is a team-based experiment run by Professor Lynn Shore in the Business School. Chloe Goldman, a Graduate Student in the Industrial Organizational Psychology Program will be overseeing the experiment and undergraduate research assistants. The experiment involves many interesting topics in IO Psychology and Business such as leadership, teamwork, team membership and composition, work performance, and job attitudes. The experiment is being run in partnership with a colleague in Hong Kong, and therefore will also have a significant cross-cultural component.
Duties: Assist Graduate Research Assistant with recruiting and tracking participants, setting up and running the experiment, preparing and organizing experiment materials, entering data, and collaborating with the experimental team. This position will give Research Assistants exposure to a complex, hands-on multidimensional experiment that involves a number of interesting psychology and business topics. In this position, you will be trained and mentored and will have the opportunity to run a controlled laboratory experiment involving many moving pieces as well as learn how to handle and organize data efficiently.
Minimum requirements: At least 1 year of undergraduate education completed (sophomore status or above). Minimum of 6 hours of availability per week. Some of this time should ideally fall during the following time slots: Thursdays 12pm-6:30pm and Fridays 12pm-6:30pm. Candidate must have outstanding attention to detail and be highly organized. Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Excel is highly preferred. Must work well with others. Available for credit and wonderful experience for students looking for either an academic or applied career.
Research assistant positions open: 2
Contact Information: Email resume and 3-5 sentences about why you're interested in the position to Chloe Goldman at Chloe.Goldman@colostate.edu and Lynn Shore at Lynn.Shore@colostate.edu (Use Subject Line: Undergrad RA Application for Faultline Experiment)
Application Instructions: Include the name and contact information of one of your psychology professors that could be used as a reference.
Application Deadline: NA


Project: Family Relationships and Development

Date Posted: 8/16/19
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: NA


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

Date Posted: 8/16/19
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: 1-2
Contact Information: Kayla Sapakoff and Mallory Radcliff at cfctracoordinator@gmail.com
Application Instructions: please submit a resume to the above e-mail address
Application Deadline: November 14th


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

Date Posted: 8/16/19
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 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: Tapping into Vulnerability

Date Posted: 8/16/19
Description: This project that you would work on is an emotion-sharing intervention study designed to facilitate social sharing of college students. Broadly, the project will assess the effect of a 2-hour workshop intervention on college students perceptions of connectedness and self-worth as well as self-report ratings of anxiety and depression symptoms. More specifically, the project utilizes a randomized control trial intervention study design examining 1) the efficacy of a 2-hour social emotion sharing workshop for college participants; 2) the effect of autobiographical reflection (written vs. peer-sharing) on outcomes; 3) the effect of type of emotion on sharing outcome (shame vs. belonging).
Duties: Collaborate with primary researcher on the studys literature review and design. Further assist with recruiting and tracking participants, setting up and running the intervention and entering data.
Minimum requirements: NA
Research assistant positions open: 2
Contact Information: Email Matt.Oberdorfer@colostate.edu (organizer) and please include reason for interest, year in school, major(s), GPA, major GPA, how many hours you are willing to work in the week, and plans after graduation.
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: until filled


Project: Dr. Crain's Lab

Date Posted: 8/16/19
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. This is a volunteer position with possible opportunities for research credits after 1 semester of work. Students must be able to commit to 5-9 hours per week of work, which may take place in the lab and/or during the student's own time.
Duties: Running lab studies with participants, 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: 3-5
Contact Information: Dr. Tori Crain (Tori.Crain@colostate.edu)
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: Who Am I? What am I meant to do in and for the world?: The Effect of Autobiographical Reflection on College Student Calling and Career Development

Date Posted: 8/16/19
Description: The project is a career-development intervention study designed to facilitate narrative reflection of college students interests, values, purpose and sense of calling. Broadly, the project will assess the effect of a 2-hour workshop intervention on college students perceptions of career exploration, authenticity, vocational identity, sense of calling/purpose in life, and well being. More specifically, the project utilizes a randomized control trial intervention study design examining 1) the efficacy of a 2-hour career development workshop for college participants; 2) the effect of autobiographical reflectiowritten vs. peer-sharing) on outcomes; 3) the effect of infusing calling and vocation concepts on outcomes.
Duties: Collaborate with primary researcher on the studys literature review and design. Further assist with recruiting and tracking participants, setting up and running the intervention and entering data.
Minimum requirements:
Research assistant positions open: 1
Contact Information: Email Kaitlyn.Reed@colostate.edu and please include reason for interest, year in school, major(s), GPA, major GPA, how many hours you are willing to work in the week, and plans after graduation.
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: until filled


Project: Organizational Change Success

Date Posted: 8/16/19
Description: This project is focused on qualitatively analyzing interview transcripts that were conducted with organizational change consultants regarding their experiences with previous organizational change initiatives. Our faculty lead for this project is Dr. Zinta Byrne, an Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology faculty member who specializes in organizational culture research. Specifically, we are interested in understanding if there are common factors present in successful and unsuccessful organizational change initiatives, as well as how people communicate about their experiences with organizational change. Involvement in the current project could potentially lead to future involvement with other projects related to organizational change.
Duties: Collaborate with I-O Psych graduate students on a literature review and set up an analysis plan. Students will have the opportunity to be trained on the qualitative coding schemes used to analyze the interview transcripts and work on small teams, or in pairs, to code the transcripts. The student will also be required to attend meetings with other research team members.
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 should have completed Research Methods (PSY250) and are ideally enrolled in the I-O Psych concentration.
Research assistant positions open: 1-2
Contact Information: Email Becca Clancy at rclancy@rams.colostate.edu to apply. Please include reason for interest, major(s), GPA, year in school, how many hours you can commit to working per week, plans after graduation, and your current CV/resume.
Additional Information: Students who are currently in the MUGSS program should identify who their graduate mentor is. Previous experience with qualitative data is preferred, but not required.
Application Instructions: Email or call the contact for this project.
Application Deadline: Until filled


Project: Sensation Seeking and Health Risk Behaviors

Date Posted: 8/16/19
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 2019 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 2019 semester.
Contact Information: Email Megan Gardner at Megan.gardner@colostate.edu or Brad Conner at Brad.Conner@colostate.edu. 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: The Adult Development and Aging ProjecT (ADAPT)

Date Posted: 8/16/19
Description: The Adult Development and Aging ProjecT (ADAPT) lab is looking for research assistants to work on projects investigating issues of adult development and aging, including questions related to 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.
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: Reliable, conscientious, and self-motivated student. GPA of 3.0 or higher. Basic knowledge in developmental psychology and principles of scientific research. A willingness to attend and participate in a one-hour weekly lab meeting. Preferred qualifications include a basic knowledge of theories of adult development/aging and research methods, ability to work in a team or independently, a desire to be well prepared for graduate school, entering sophomore or junior year, strong academic writing skills.
Research assistant positions open: 2-3
Contact Information: Project Coordinator: Kat Thompson at kat.thompson@colostate.edu
Additional Information: Students can obtain pass/fail elective credit for their assistance if desired, or they can serve as a research assistant voluntarily.
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.