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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:

  • The Mother-Child Relationships Project seeks undergraduate research assistants for summer 2014. Students will participate in team meetings, assist with transcription of maternal speech recorded during a series of mother-child interaction tasks, and facilitate mother-child research visits. We seek motivated students who are interested in learning about relationships between mothers and toddlers while gaining valuable research experience.

    Contact: Helen Emery [Email]

  • The Community Projects Office (clinical/community division) is looking for research assistants for Summer 2014, to continue into Fall 2014. Research assistants will help with transcription and data entry on a project that aims to understand help-seeking after sexual assault.
    Contact: Emily Dworkin [Email]

  • The Cognitive Development Lab is looking for friendly and meticulous research assistants who are available for both Summer sessions I and II! If you are interested in gaining research experience and learning how kids aged 3 to 9 reason about the world around them, fill out an application on our website!
    Contact: Hannah Perhai [217-244-7674 | Email | Lab Webpage and Application]

  • 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]

  • The LBC Lab is seeking dedicated undergraduates to help with subject running and data organization for a large multi-modality training study. This excellent opportunity is a great outlet for prospective researchers to gain insight into research techniques, and thus it is preferred that the applicant has some research experience. Must be available for summer 2014, with potential to continue in the Fall 2014 semester. If you are interested, please contact Courtney Allen at
    Contact: Courtney Allen [217-244-6763 | Email]

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