Undergraduate Research

Why become involved in research?

  1. Research experience is extremely important for graduate school applications
  2. Research enhances your understanding of concepts in psychology courses
  3. Being in a lab helps you get to know other people who have similar interests
  4. Research is challenging but rewarding!

Students are encouraged to become involved in research in the psychology department. These experiences give students great opportunities to work with faculty and graduate students in the research environment. There are many opportunities to join labs in each of our six areas of interest as either a volunteer or for credit (via PSY 490 or PSY 491).

There are many opportunities to join labs in each of our six areas of interest: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Science, Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience, Ecological / Community Psychology, Social / Personality Psychology, and Organizational Psychology. To find out more about the labs in our department please click the photos below.

  • How to Locate Research Opportunities

    There are opportunities in the Department of Psychology for students to get involved in a faculty member's research lab, either as a volunteer or for credit (via PSY 490 or PSY 491). The following are ways to identify these opportunities: 

    • Expand the AVAILABLE RESEARCH POSITIONS section (2 sections below) and review the postings for labs actively seeking new students.
    • Explore current research labs categorized by the six areas of interest.
    • Use the directory to search and learn about psychology faculty and their research interests.  Many of the lab websites include recent publications that students can read prior to contacting the faculty. After reviewing their information, students can contact those that most closely resemble their interests.

     

    Students should use the above methods to appropriately connect with faculty to show interest in joining their research lab. Some listings will offer an application process while others will require you to send a well-crafted email indicating your interest in joining a research lab.

    If accepted into a research lab or project the student should communicate with the primary investigator or lab manager about the opportunity to earn credit or continue as a volunteer. Please review the below options for more information

  • Independent Studies: Research for Credit

    Independent Studies: Research For Credit 

    Independent studies are important for students planning to apply for graduate school. This experience gives students great opportunities to work with faculty in the research environment. Research credit can be earned through PSY 490 or PSY 491.

    PSY 490 Special Problems in Psychology (fall, spring, summer)

    Description: Students work under the direction of a faculty member on an experimental, theoretical, or applied problem. This is a graded course. 

    Restrictions: As specified by the faculty of record. A maximum of 1 - 8 490/491 credits can be taken in a semester with a combined total of 12 independent study credits for the degree. Needs instructor and departmental approval.

    PSY 491 Participation in Psychological Project (fall, spring, summer) 

    Description: Students participate in a psychological project under direction of a faculty member. This is a pass/no grade course (no grade, only credit). 

    Restrictions: As specified by the faculty of record. A maximum of 1 - 8 490/491 credits can be taken in a semester with a combined total of 12 independent study credits for the degree. Needs instructor and departmental approval.

    • Earning independent study credits through PSY 490/491 can count toward PSY elective credits and the College of Social Science Experiential Learning requirement (minimum of 3 credits needed).
    • Restrictions: As specified by the faculty of record. A maximum of 1 - 8 490/491 credits can be taken in a semester with a combined total of 12 independent study credits for the degree. Needs instructor and departmental approval.
    • Click here for Independent Study Form When filling out form rememember to include whether you will be participating in either 490/491 for course credit. 

     

     *NOTE College of Social Science Restrictions on Experiential Learning*:

    A maximum of 12 credits of independent study may be applied toward the degree.

    A maximum of 12 credits in internship, field experience, and practicum courses combined may be applied toward the degree.

    The total of independent study, practicum, internship, and field experience credits may not exceed 20 credits combined. Participation in PSY 371/372 (6 cr.) and PSY 381 (3 cr.) will NOT be counted against this limit. If you have any questions, contact your advisor.

    Volunteer:

    Being an undergraduate research assistant does not always require students to enroll in credits. Reasons students do not enroll for credits are:
    - Some labs require a multiple semester commitment before offering independent study credit.
    - Student does not need the credit for a degree requirement.

  • Available Research Positions

    (1-12-23) LINC Lab is seeking RA's for Spring 2023

    DescriptionThe LINC Lab is recruiting motivated undergraduate research assistants to help collect data for a teams research project in collaboration with the United States Army Research Institute (ARI). The goal of the research project is to better understand how teams work together in physical space to coordinate, collaborate, and solve problems. We will be conducting in-person teams research experiments most Friday mornings throughout the Spring ‘23 semesters in the basketball gym at the Intramural East Building. During these experiments, participants will complete a series of challenges as a team. 

    As a research assistant, you will help us prepare for and conduct study sessions. In general, your responsibilities could involve:

    • Setting up experimental materials in the basketball gym (e.g., cameras, computers, bluetooth sensors, training materials, team challenge materials)

    • Assisting with participant training prior to the experiment and survey administration throughout the experiment

    • Observing participants as they complete the experiment

    • Carrying out additional tasks under the supervision of a graduate student researcher (e.g., data coding, data analysis, experimental material preparation, manuscript preparation)  

    Requirements: Being a research assistant is a time commitment. We expect a commitment of approximately 10 hours per week (note: this may fluctuate week to week). The majority of this commitment will be on Friday mornings.

    ApplyIf you are interested in becoming an undergraduate research assistant with LINC Lab, please fill out the following survey with your contact information and availability. https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5vCQCtra6RXKxz8 

    (1-11-23) Transgender Stress and Resilience Research Team is seeking RA's for Spring 2023

     We are seeking research assistants for the Spring 2023 semester!

    Description: Students are able to gain research experience for grad school, learn about
    important issues that impact the transgender community, and help document the effects of minority stress in the lives of transgender people. 

    Recruitement Flyer

    Responsibilities: 
    • conducting literature reviews
    • assisting with social media
    • advertising research studies
    • conducting data collection
    • data analysis
    • assisting with presenting research findings 

    Requirements: Applicants should be able to commit for the full semester for 5 hours a week, be able to attend our lab meetings on Mondays from 4-5 PM, and have a GPA of at least 3.0. 

    QuestionsThis is a volunteer position, but students can receive course credit. If interested, please complete an application by 1/31 and you may be contacted for an interview.
     

    Contact Dr. Puckett with questions: pucket26@msu.edu 

    (1-9-23) Perception and Attention Lab is seeking RA's for Spring 2023!

    This is an excellent opportunity for Sophomores or Juniors who are interested in getting research experience, and the position could continue into next year. 

    Project Background: The lab is directed by Dr. Becker and the main focus of the lab is to investigate the processes that guide the allocation of visual attention.  Under this umbrella, we are investigating a number of specific questions about how people perform visual search for objects, how categorical information influences visual search, and how to improve search for rare objects.  More information about specific projects can be seen here: https://psychology.psy.msu.edu/BeckerLab/

    Undergraduate Responsibilities: Undergraduate assistants will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of research activities, including assisting with research design, running participants, and analyzing data. Many of these experiments use eye tracking technology, so you will also gain experience with eye tracking methods.  The projects are split into a number of smaller experiments. The manageable size of these small units makes it possible for you to be involved in the entire research process from inception through analysis and interpretation.

    Requirements: Scheduling is flexible, but you must commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week including attendance at regular lab meetings. You should have a GPA of over 3.3 and should have taken at least one relevant psychology course (e.g., Cognitive Psychology, Brain and Behavior, Statistics, Sensation and Perception). You can work either as a volunteer or for independent study credit (PSY 491).

    Contact: If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact the lab coordinator, Derrek Montalvo at montal30@msu.edu, for information about how to apply. 

     

     (1-11-23) Seeking Research Assistant in Morality and Intergroup Relations Lab

    Description: Description: Research moral and political psychology with Dr. Navarrete. Duties include (a) Conduct experiments using physiological measurement equipment and virtual display devices. (b) Data entry and management. (c) Assist in creating questionnaires and other research materials.

    Requirements: 3.2 GPA, in-person and available 9 hours a week

    More information: https://mirlab.rocks/applylab

    Contact: cdn@msu.edu, Dr. Carlos Navarrete

     

    (11-16-22) Seeking Undergraduate Research Assistant 

    RA responsibilities in the lab vary based on need and training. RAs may be asked to help with recruitment, data entry, literature searches, videotaping participants in their school or home, and scoring or coding videotaped assessments. Students in their first year in the lab will be involved in an on-going project during which time they will be introduced to the type of questions we ask in the lab. Students who work for additional semesters may have the opportunity to become involved in the design of new projects, take a lead training role with new RAs, or help graduate students prepare publications. Many of our undergraduate RAs have completed research poster presentations, too!

    Requirements: 

    • 3.2 GPA or higher
    • Freshman or Sophomore status preferred
    • Ability to speak Spanish preferred
    • Experience with kids preferred

    Responsibilities:

    • Drive to multiple cities in the state
    • Interact with studyparticipants
    • Video Editing
    • Video Coding
    • Toy cleaning
    • Attend monthly meetings

    Questions: Email: autlab@msu.edu
    Website: https://autismlab.psy.msu.edu/
    Recruitment Flyer 

    (9-19-22) Seeking RA positions for CBCC Lab 

    Are you a current Michigan State undergraduate student? Are you interested in working in a research lab? Undergraduate research assistants in the Computational Basis of Cognitive Control Lab will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of research activities and learn firsthand how research is conducted, offering great learning experiences for undergraduate students. The CBCC lab’s mission is to understand the computational principles that allow us to encode new memories and search for existing memories. We are looking for students with computer programming experience to help develop computer models of memory using behavioral and EEG data.

    Requirements:
    ·       Minimum GPA: 3.5
    ·       Experience in programming in Python or Matlab
    ·       5 hours a week time commitment for 2 semesters
     
    Questions:
    If you have any questions, email Dr. Karl Healey: khealey@msu.edu
     
    Apply:
    To apply, visit our website: https://cbcc.psy.msu.edu/join

    (9-6-22) Seeking Undergraduate Assistant for LINC Lab

    Description: The LINC Lab is recruiting motivated undergraduate research assistants to help collect data for a teams research project in collaboration with the United States Army Research Institute (ARI). The goal of the research project is to better understand how teams work together in physical space to coordinate, collaborate, and solve problems. 

    • Setting up experimental materials in the basketball gym (e.g., cameras, computers, bluetooth sensors, training materials, team challenge materials)

    • Assisting with participant training prior to the experiment and survey administration throughout the experiment

    • Observing participants as they complete the experiment

    • Carrying out additional tasks under the supervision of a graduate student researcher (e.g., data coding, data analysis, experimental material preparation, manuscript preparation)  

    Requirements: Being a research assistant is a time commitment. We expect a commitment of approximately 10 hours per week (note: this may fluctuate week to week). The majority of this commitment will be on Friday mornings.

    Apply: If you are interested in becoming an undergraduate research assistant with LINC Lab, please fill out the following survey with your contact information and availability. https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5vCQCtra6RXKxz8 

    *An information session about the project will take place on Sept. 12th in the afternoon. All who fill out the following survey will be contacted with more details. 

    Contact: Graduate student, Emily Gerkin (egerkin@msu.edu) or  Professor, Dr. Carter (dcarter3@msu.edu )

    (8-31-22) Seeking Undergraduate Research Assistant for Cognitive Control Neurolab

    Description: Members of the Cognitive Control Neurolab investigate how attention improves working memory using both behavioral and neural methods.  Current projects include assessing how well people calibrate their attention to information they are supposed to remember and how different forms of attention improve memory. We also use EEG to “decode” what information people are holding in working memory. Participating in the lab is a great way to get research experience and can be taken for 490/491 credit to count towards your experiential learning requirement.

    Responsibilities:Primary responsibilities include recruiting, consenting, testing, and debriefing participants in computerized experiments. There are also opportunities for data analysis and learning how to perform EEG studies. Assistants are expected to attend a lab meeting for an hour every other week. Undergraduate assistants must exhibit professional behavior including being punctual for appointments, respecting participants, and cooperating with others in the lab.

    Requirements: We are looking for undergraduate assistants who can dedicate 9 hours per week to the lab for two semesters, have a GPA of over 3.3, and have taken at least one relevant psychology course. Psychology majors are preferred as all the projects require some psychology background.

    Contact: If you are interested in joining the lab, please send a resume with your GPA and relevant experience to the lab director, Dr. Susan Ravizza at ravizzas@msu.edu

    (08-26-22) Seeking Research Assistant for Clinical Psychophysiology Lab

    Description: Our lab utilizes experimental psychophysiological methods to understand emotion and cognition in healthy individuals and to uncover emotional and cognitive differences in anxious and depressed individuals. RAs work in a fun, inclusive, and motivating environment with other students who have similar interests. Primary RA Duties include: running participants through online or in-person research study protocols, running play-therapy camps with child participants in the lab, data entry and coding, organizational duties, which could include assembling research materials, making copies, etc. Benefits of Becoming a RA: In-depth research experience that includes working directly with participants and understanding how the research process works. You may also receive PSY 490/491 or NEU 490 credit after you complete one full semester (prior approval from Dr. Moser needed). A letter of recommendation (if you successfully complete your year commitment). Exposure to graduate school and what it is like – you are welcome and encouraged to meet with any of our graduate students to discuss grad school, research projects, or post-graduation plans. Opportunities to attend and give presentations on research findings. The depth of your experience in the lab is entirely dependent on your personal interest and motivation to seek out opportunities to become more involved in the research process.

    Requirements: We ask for at least a one-year (two full semesters — fall & spring semesters) commitment as well as an average of 8-10 hours/week commitment. Must have weekend availability to run sessions with participants in the lab. Would not work on Football game days. RA’s will receive $14/hr for time worked on the weekend running participants

    Apply: Our application form is open and will close on September 18th. For access to the form or more information, visit our lab website: https://cpl.psy.msu.edu/.

    Contact: cplmsu@gmail.com or 517-432-4428

    (08-26-22) Seeking Research Assistants for Dr. Becker's Perception and Attention Lab

    Project Background: The lab is directed by Mark W. Becker and the main focus of the lab is to investigate the processes that guide the allocation of visual attention.  Under this umbrella, we are investigating a number of specific questions about how people perform visual search for objects, how feedback, reward, punishment, and competition influence performance in simple perceptual tasks, how categorical information influences visual search, and how one's mood or emotion can impact visual processing.  More information about specific projects can be seen here: https://psychology.psy.msu.edu/BeckerLab/

    Undergraduate Responsibilities: Undergraduate assistants will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of research activities, including assisting with research design, running participants, and analyzing data. Many of these experiments use eye tracking technology, so you will also gain experience with eye tracking methods.  The projects are split into a number of smaller experiments. The manageable size of these small units makes it possible for you to be involved in the entire research process from inception through analysis and interpretation.

    Requirements: Scheduling is flexible, but you must commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week including attendance at regular lab meetings. You should have a GPA of over 3.3 and should have taken at least one relevant psychology course (e.g., Cognitive Psychology, Brain and Behavior, Statistics, Sensation and Perception). If selected, you would begin in late August and the expectation is that you would continue through then end of the school year.  You can work either as a volunteer or for credit (PSY 491).

    If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact the lab coordinator, Matt kebede  at kebedema@msu.edu, for information about how to apply. 

    (6-3-22) Seeking Undergraduate RA  for Prental Stress Lab

    Description: 

    · Conduct lab visits with research participants and collect data using questionnaires, interviews,  and behavioral observations of women and their babies.

    · Administer stress tasks to research participants.

    · Provide childcare for research participants during lab visits.

    · Assist with interview transcription and data entry.

    · Pick up saliva samples from participants’ homes.

    · Help with study recruitment via tabling and flyering in the community.

    · Attend weekly lab meetings with staff and graduate students managing the project.

    · Read scientific articles that pertain to the topic of prenatal stress and intimate partner violence.

    Requirements: 

    . RAs (research assistants) must have availability between 11:00am and 4:00pm 2-3 days a week (including weekends). Preference will be given to those who have availability on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays for the Fall of 2022.

    2. RAs must be able to commit at least 1 full year to the project (minimum 2 semesters and a summer, longer commitments are preferred)

    3. RAs must have a GPA of at least 3.5

    4. RAs must have completed introductory courses in psychology and have familiarity with basic research methods and issues of confidentiality.

    5. RAs will be required to work on the project for 8-10 hours per week for the duration of the semester.

    6. RAs will be required to attend a 1-hour research meeting per week held throughout the year, during which students may be required to read and discuss relevant psychological literature.

    7. We typically require enrollment in at least 1 credit of PSY 491 for both the Fall/Spring semesters, but we do not require enrollment for summer credits. Exceptions (e.g., you graduated but want to continue in the lab) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Apply: Contact baby@msu.edu and apply here: https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Gtf8vAIROJRRgW

    (5-11-22) Seeking Research Assistant for ACT Lab

    Description: Literature searches, literature synthesis, develop reference sections, data entry, perhaps qualitative coding (as needed), recruitment activities and tracking.

    Requirements: 3.5 GPA & 2 semester commitment

    Apply: Please email Dr. Drahota at drahotaa@msu.edu. Dr. Drahota will provide an updated list of lab projects as well as an application form.

    (2-16-22)Seeking Research Assistant(RA) for Positive Sexual Well-being/Buchanan Lab

    Description: This project is focused on examining the current research literature on sexual health and wellness among Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous women that are also sexual or gender minorities. Sexual and gender minorities is an umbrella term used to refer to LGBTQ+ people. We are interested in finding out what the clinical research focuses on and how it frames the sexual health and wellbeing of queer women of color. The research assistant(s) will assist a graduate student with a literature review. Activities include, but are not limited to, reading research articles, coding specific phrases or sections within articles based on predetermined themes, and regular meetings with the research team/graduate student to discuss themes found in the assigned articles. The research assistant(s) will be responsible for reading and completing coding assignments by agreed upon deadlines. RAs are encouraged but not required to organize dissemination of project findings by leading posters or presentations at research symposiums and conferences.

    Requirements: Previous experience with courses focused on sex, gender, sexuality, Black Feminism, or diversity and social justice a plus but not required. This will be virtual and 3-6hrs per week. 

    Apply: Please email wiklundl@msu.edu with a few sentences about your interest and semester availability

    Contact: wiklundl@msu.edu

     

    (2-4-22) Seeking Research Assistant for Burt Lab

    Description:

    MTwins: Responsibilities for this project involve: • Conducting half-day (5- to 6-hours in length) assessments for twins ages 10 years old to 19 years old (weekend availability required) • Data entry using statistical software & various clerical duties • Follow-up phone calls with study participants • Participating in recruitment efforts, such as preparing brochures to be sent via mail and emailing with potential participants

    Digital Behavior Study: Responsibilities for this project include: • Learn and apply behavioral/participant response data coding • Data entry using statistical software • Various clerical duties including making copies and tracking research material inventory

    Teacher Mailing Study: Responsibilities for this project include: • Preparing and mailing questionnaires to the teachers’ of participants from the MTwins study • Tracking participation and making recruitment efforts such as calls and emails to the teacher informants as needed • Utilizing statistical software to enter data collected from teachers • Compensate participants • Various clerical duties

    Neighborhood Informant Study: Responsibilities for this project include: • Facilitating survey-based research by preparing and sending questionnaire packets • Tracking and compensating participants • Data entry using statistical software • Various clerical duties including making copies and tracking research material inventory

    Video Coding: Responsibilities for this project involve: • Watching videos of children and their parents draw pictures on an Etch a Sketch • Scoring the videos based on certain behaviors • Maintaining scoring reliability with other video coders • Some data entry on statistical software

    Requirements:

    MTwins: Requirements include: • Personable and comfortable working with children/adolescents and their parents • An 8-10 hour per week commitment (MUST have weekend availability) • Willing to collect bio samples (including blood, hair, and saliva) No experience necessary, but must be willing to learn • 3.7 GPA minimum (a 3.5+ GPA may be considered) • A full year (12 month; 3-semester) commitment to the lab • Availability to attend biweekly, 1-hour lab meetings (meeting time TBD in the Psychology Building or via Zoom depending on University regulations) Requirement may be waived for classes, employment, or prior commitment to another volunteer opportunity

    Digital Behavior Study: Requirements include: • A 3.2 GPA minimum • Must be dependable, self-motivated, and detail-oriented • An 8-10 hour per week commitment • A full year (12 month; 3-semester) commitment to the lab • Availability to attend biweekly, 1-hour lab meetings (meeting time TBD in the Psychology Building or via Zoom depending on University regulations) Requirement may be waived for classes, employment, or prior commitment to another volunteer opportunity

    Teacher Mailing Study: Requirements include: • Commit up to 8-10 hours a week • A full year (12 month; 3-semester) commitment to the lab • A 3.2 GPA minimum • Must be dependable, self-motivated, and detail-oriented • Availability to attend biweekly, 1-hour lab meetings (meeting time TBD in the Psychology Building or via Zoom depending on University regulations) Requirement may be waived for classes, employment, or prior commitment to another volunteer opportunity

    Neighborhood Informant Study: Requirements include: • Commit up to 8-10 hours a week • A full year (12 month; 3-semester) commitment to the lab • A 3.2 GPA minimum • Must be dependable, self-motivated, and detail-oriented • Availability to attend biweekly, 1-hour lab meetings (meeting time TBD in the Psychology Building or via Zoom depending on University regulations) Requirement may be waived for classes, employment, or prior commitment to another volunteer opportunity

    Video Coding: Requirements include: • Able to commit to the lab for 12-months (including summer availability) • Commit up to 8-10 hours a week • A 3.2 GPA minimum • Attendance of a weekly lab meeting during training (Zoom/in person) • Must be dependable, self-motivated, and detail-oriented • Availability to attend biweekly, 1-hour lab meetings (meeting time TBD in the Psychology Building or via Zoom depending on University regulations) Requirement may be waived for classes, employment, or prior commitment to another volunteer opportunity

    Apply: Please email a copy of resume or CV to Paige Plunkett at plunke21@msu.edu. For general questions regarding the Burt Lab, please email Brandi Randall.

    Contact: Project Coordinator: Brandi at randa132@msu.edu or RA Coordinator: Paige Plunkett at plunke21@msu.edu

    (1-26-22) Seeking Research Assistant for Kid Power Project / Clinical Psychophysiology Lab

    Description: Running play-therapy camps with child participants in the lab, data entry and coding Organizational duties, which could include assembling research materials, making copies, etc.

    Requirements:We ask for at least a one-year (two full semesters — fall & spring semesters) commitment as well as an average of 10 hours/week commitment. Must have weekend availability to run sessions with participants in the lab. Would not have to work more than four weekend days per semester. RA’s will receive $14/hr for time worked on the weekend running participants. Highly recommended: Having an interest in physiology – our research utilizes a physiology-based method (electroencephalogram).

    Apply: Link with description and application form: https://cpl.psy.msu.edu/join/undergraduate-research-assistants/

    Contact: 517-432-4428 (Lab phone number)

    (8-27-21) Seeking Undergraduate Research Intern for Services and Implementation Research (ACT) Lab

    Description:The goal of the ACT Lab is to improve the lives of individuals with mental and behavioral health needs, and is especially focused on the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. This is accomplished by building up community agencies that provide services to individuals with mental and behavioral health needs, improving access to care, and developing interventions and service systems to meet needs through collaboration with researchers, practitioners and innovators. We also strive to develop knowledge and skills, confidence, independence, and productivity of lab members by supporting individualized student growth. Likely intern tasks include: conducting literature searches, summarizing articles, transcribing interviews, entering/validating data entry. More specific tasks will be determined based on the needs of specific research projects.

    RequirementsGPA = 3.4

    Apply:Contact Dr. Amy Drahota expressing interest in learning more or applying for an undergraduate research internship in the ACT Lab. Dr. Drahota will send back a fuller description of the ACT Lab, including specific ongoing projects and lab needs, and a Research Intern Interest Form that the student will complete and send back to Dr. Drahota. Once the interest form is received, Dr. Drahota will contact the student to schedule an interview.

    (8-27-21) Seeking Research Assistant(RA) for Social Cognition Lab

    Description: In this lab, we study how people process information about others. The focus is on how the mind processes information about social groups in an "automatic" (fast, uncontrollable, unconscious, etc.) fashion and the ways in which this processing yields accurate and inaccurate decisions. Topics of study include police officer deadly force decisions, stereotyping and predictive judgments, implicit bias, and group disparities. More information can be found at cesariolab.com Activities: We have a weekly lab meeting (Fridays, 10:00-11:00) which include a wide range of experiences: discussing research articles, performing data cleaning and analysis, discussion of meta-science topics ("What does it mean to do 'good' science?"), graduate school information, and more. During the week, the primary research activity is data collection or data cleaning. Data collection may involve in-lab experimental studies or online data gathering, depending on the project. See the lab website for examples of the methods used in our lab. Assistants who have been with the lab for several semesters have the opportunity to conduct their own research projects.

    Requirements: Research assistants participate in lab activities between 8-12 hours per week (though this is flexible depending on the semester). Preference is given to undergraduates who are looking for a longer-term experience. You can work either as a volunteer or for credit after one semester of volunteer (PSY 490/1). Must also be responsible and have a engaged attitude.

    Contact: Dr. Cesario for interest at cesario@msu.edu

     

    (8-27-21) Seeking Project Coordinator for Hormones and Behavior Lab

    Description: We will be accepting volunteer research assistants (RAs) to start in the Spring 2022 semester. Our RAs help us run study assessments for two different studies. In the first study, we investigate systematic changes in ovarian hormones (e.g., estrogen and progesterone) and eating behavior across the menstrual cycle in identical and fraternal female twins between the ages of 15-30, where at least one twin is taking hormonal contraceptives. In the second study, we examine how genetic factors and circulating androgens during puberty influence eating behaviors in identical and fraternal male twins between the ages of 7-17. Both studies are currently virtual but may transition to in-person in Spring 2022 or a future semester. In addition to running virtual study assessments, RAs also have opportunities to assist with other research work, such as data entry/tracking/organization and participant recruitment/retention, learn more about the graduate school application process, engage in discussions regarding research from the lab, etc.

    Requirements3.5 GPA or higher; ability to attend 8:30-9:30 am lab meetings (currently virtual but may change to in-person for future semesters) each Wednesday during all semesters; 3-consecutive semester commitment (including summer semester).

    Contact: Email our Project Coordinator, Lindsay Ackerman, at ackerm96@msu.edu, to express your interest or with any questions.

     

    Seeking Undergraduate Position for Mental Health Research Connect

    Project Description: MSU Mental Health Research Connect is a program that seeks to alert community members about research studies that they might be interested in learning more about, hear from community members about what they think mental health research should focus on, and sponsor regular outreach activities that are geared towards both mental health researchers and community members. Students will have the opportunity to help organize outreach events, interview campus researchers, help develop website content, contribute to recruitment efforts, and analyse input from community members. Individuals interested in the community impact of mental illness and the importance of diversity and inclusivity in the social sciences are especially encouraged to apply.

    Apply:Interested applicants should apply in an email titled “Undergraduate Research Assistant Application” to our lab manager, Jessica Fattal (fattalj1@msu.edu) and include all required application materials:

    1) One page letter of interest that describes your interest in joining this lab and any hardships or adversity that you have overcome that you would like to be considered

    2) CV/resumé

    3) An unofficial transcript

    4) Your availability for the fall semester Applications will be reviewed starting July 1st and continue until the position is filled. Any questions about the position may be directed to Jessica Fattal at fattalj1@msu.edu or Dr. Katy Thakkar at kthakkar@msu.edu

     

     

  • Funding Research

    The College of Social Science has various scholarships and grants that can assist undergraduates in furthering their research interests:

    Equity Research Scholars Initiative

    Leadership Council’s Sophomore Research Scholarship

    Provost's Undergraduate Research Initiative (PURI) Summer 2021

    Dean's Assistantship

    Andrew Undergraduate Fellowship

    Henderson Experiential Learning Award

     *There are occasional cases that research labs or projects have funds to provide undergraduate. If this is available it will be communicated by the primary investigator of the lab or project.

  • Presenting Your Research

    There are plenty of opportunities for undergraduates to gain research experience in a lab and learn how to present research to a broader audience.

    Click here to learn more about the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Office at Michigan State University. 

  • Summer Opportunities

     Off Campus Summer Opportunities

    Summer research opportunities exist at institutions outside of MSU. Often, psychology faculty receive postings and flyers from colleagues at other schools and pass them onto the advisors.  These summer opportunities can help students get research experience for graduate school as well as help connect them to faculty outside of MSU.

    Check out the link to learn about programs that are available and learn how to apply.  Many of these programs will also be be available in future summers so if you are not ready to do them yet, you should still look these over!  

     

    Summer Research Opportunities Program

    The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.

    Learn more about SROP here: https://grad.msu.edu/srop

     

  • Post Graduation Research Positions¬†
    Click here to check out open research postions some in the post graduate category and others for undergraduates.
  • UURAF

    In April each year, our undergraduate researchers present their work at MSU's Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF).

    UURAF SSHA Grand Prize Winners

    A group of four students won the UURAF Social Science, Humanities and Arts Grand Prize award for their research in Professor Devin McAuley's TAP Lab. Their project, “How Talker Rhythm Affects Speech Understanding in Noise", examined the role of talker rhythm in understanding speech under difficult listening conditions. The group consisted of spring 2019 Honors College graduates.