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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

PSYCH 290, Research Experience in Psychology, and PSYCH 494, Advanced Research in Psychology, provide research opportunities to undergraduate students. Credit hours are granted based on the scope of the work provided.

PSYCH 290s tend to be "entry-level" experiences. You may be doing data entry, transcribing tapes, or photo-copying. Some PSYCH 290s are more extensive and allow you to participate in lab meetings, for example. PSYCH 290 credit is graded as S/U. Your work in the lab will be determined "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory". 290 hours count toward your overall credits in Psychology and UIUC. They do not effect your GPA and cannot satisfy any specific requirements. Consider PSYCH 290 credit as elective hours.

PSYCH 494s allow students the opportunity to study a topic in greater depth. This may include continuing a PSYCH 290 in more detail/responsibility or just the desire to challenge yourself in a laboratory setting. PSYCH 494 credit is letter graded. Your work in the lab will be graded "A-F". 494 hours count as "advanced hours" in LAS. These hours can be used toward your Psychology and LAS requirements.

Research Fair: Each semester, the department sponsors an informational fair that allows research labs the opportunity to showcase their work. Students are invited to attend this informal fair, ask questions, apply for positions, etc.

Labs can also post research opportunities on this web page. These may be positions available for PSYCH 290/494 credit or paid positions. If you don't see an enticing opportunity now, check back next semester.

Current Research Opportunity Listings:

  • Interested in how adolescence in China might be different than in the United States? Join our research team to code data from adolescents and their mothers in these two countries. Looking for native Mandarin speakers and native English speakers.
    Contact: Dianna Moore [217-265-6378 | Email]

  • Interested in how to optimize children's motivation and achievement in school? Join our research team in a study to understand the role of parents and teachers in children's motivation and achievement. The Center for Parent-Child Studies is seeking students to be involved in all aspects of research.
    Contact: Dianna Moore [217-265-6378 | Email]

  • The cultural psychology and marketing lab seeks a limited number of motivated, curious, and meticulous undergraduate students for the 2014-2015 school year. Our research focuses on how cultural background influences consumer goals. Students will have an opportunity to participate in all phases of research.

    We prefer that students commit to work with us for two semesters in exchange for independent study credit and an invaluable research experience.
    Contact: Aaron Barnes [Email]

  • Are you interested in studying families from different cultures? The Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab is looking for reliable, motivated, and Mandarin-fluent research assistants to work with Chinese American families. Researchers will help with participant recruitment and data collection, and will gain valuable experience in a wide variety of research techniques. Occasional weekend availability is required and a two-semester commitment is preferred. Contact: Xin Yuen []
    Contact: Xin Yuen [Email]

  • The Social Action Lab, directed by Dr. Dolores Albarracin, is currently searching for outstanding and reliable undergraduates from any discipline who are interested in doing research on the genesis of action, language and persuasion, and the application of social cognition models to behavior change programs.

    Research assistants must be able to commit 8-10 hours per week for at least two semesters. To apply for the position, please email your resume to

    Contact: Colleen Hughes [Email | More information on the position is posted on the website under the "News" section.]

  • The conversation lab is seeking dedicated undergraduates to help with running experiments and coding data. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience in the lab and to learn more about conversation. 290 positions are available; a 2-credit hour minimum commitment is required (6-8 hours per week in the lab). See webpage for application and for more info.
    Contact: Sarah Brown-Schmidt [Email | Web Link]

  • The Cognitive Development Lab is looking for meticulous, friendly, and curious undergraduate Research Assistants for Fall 2014!

    If you are interested in gaining research experience, working with children, and contributing to new investigations on how children reason about the world around them, please email Heidi Olson at, or fill out an application at
    Contact: Heidi Olson [Email]

  • The Lifelong Brain and Cognition (LBC) lab is seeking a reliable, dedicated student to work in the Illinois Simulator Laboratory during Summer/Fall 2014. The LBC lab utilizes the virtual reality technology to test pedestrian safety and judgment in street crossing situations. Research assistants would help with running these sessions and learn data coding for various studies. Must have transportation (car or bike) since ISL is located south of main campus.
    Contact: Alysia Boyle [217-244-6763 | Email]

  • The Language & Brain Lab seeks motivated UG students for summer/fall to help run studies investigating how people understand language. We're running brainwave studies in English, Mandarin, Korean, & Russian, & fluency in any of those languages is a plus but not essential. This is a good opportunity to gain skills & research experience to help prepare you for graduate training in psychology, linguistics, or neuroscience.
    Contact: Zhiying Qian [Email]

  • The Language Production lab is looking for research assistants interested in language and memory to help gather and analyze data, including transcription of spoken speech and the creation of research materials. We are looking for a two- to three- semester commitment from Summer 2014 to Fall 2014. Please send Cassandra Jacobs an e-mail containing your current resume and a short description of your interests in language or memory at
    Contact: Cassandra Jacobs [(512) 730-0432 | Email]

  • The EPL lab is looking for reliable/motivated students with an interest in language processing to assist with ongoing projects in the summer/fall. Students will learn about all aspects of the research process including literature searches, subject recruitment, data collection, stimulus and task creation, transcription, and data analysis. Research assistants will also receive training to operate an eye tracker and process eye movement data.
    Contact: Erika Hussey [Email | Web Link]

  • Interested in learning more about mental health, community engagement and/or social justice work?

    The ACCESS Initiative of Champaign County aims to make reforms in the educational, juvenile justice, human service and child welfare response to youth and families in need. Led by Drs. Nicole Allen and Mark Aber, you will assist with a variety of tasks such as database management and data entry, transcribing, analyzing, coding and entering open-ended data, and conducting literature searches.

    Contact: Suvarna Menon [Email]

  • The Language Acquisition Lab is now recruiting students for Summer Session II and for the Fall semester. The lab conducts experimental research on language comprehension and word learning in children between about 1 and 5 years of age. Students work in small groups to test children in experiments, and code the resulting data. If you are interested in children and in language, please visit our web site (below) and click on Opportunities for Students to find an application.
    Contact: Yi Lin [217-244-5876 | Email | Web Link]

  • The LBC Lab is seeking a dedicated undergraduate to help with greeting participants, running experiments, phone screening, keeping paperwork organized, maintaining documents, recruitment, and data coding. This position would be for Summer and Fall 2014 semesters. If you are interested, please contact Katie Johnson at
    Contact: Katie Johnson [217-244-5578 | Email]

  • The LBC Lab is seeking a dedicated undergraduate to help with Illinois Driving Simulator Laboratory experiments. Assisting will entail greeting participants, running experiments, keeping paperwork organized, and maintaining documents. Will require that individual has access to transportation to ISL. If you are interested, please contact Chun Kim at
    Contact: Chun Kim [(217)244-6763 | Email]

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