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For Prospective Undergraduate Research Assistants

Children SummerWorking in the lab

Our research team includes undergraduate students who work as research assistants on our study of child development in children whose mothers have borderline personality disorder (BPD). Lab meetings and individual meetings are designed to introduce the principles of developmental psychopathology and to provide undergraduates with the experience, skills, and guidance they need to gain admittance to graduate programs.

Undergraduates typically gain experience working with preschool-aged children, adolescents, and their mothers. Activities include going on home visits, interviewing teachers, interviewing mothers and adolescents, filming mother-child interactions, recruiting participants, handling data, and working to keep the lab organization running.

There may also be the opportunity to be an author on a poster presentation, and to win a travel scholarship to present it at a national conference

Applying for a position as a research assistant

If you are interested in gaining research experience in an independent study, PSYC 489, you can check out current research in the Child and Adolescent Development Lab.

Pre-requisites for being a research assistant

A three-semester commitment is required. This allows you to immerse yourself in the lab, understand the research process, and gather enough experience to earn a good reference for applying to graduate school.  In addition, a current overall 3.5 GPA is required. Being a research assistant is very time-consuming. It is hard to raise your GPA to get into graduate school at the same time as working in the lab. After we have reviewed your online application and if we have openings, you will be invited for an interview to make sure this is a good fit on both sides. Thank you for your interest in the Child and Adolescent Development Lab.

To apply, please complete the form below.

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