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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 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 holson@illinois.edu, or fill out an application at http://internal.psychology.illinois.edu/~acimpian/students.html
    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]


  • Seeking 1-2 research assistants for Summer 2014 to help with data collection for studies on depression, interpersonal emotion regulation,and working memory. Duties include helping run sessions (including holding
    the hand of participants) and data entry. Time commitment would be 6 hours per week.
    Contact: Luis Flores [217-333-0631 | 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 cljacob2@illinois.edu.
    Contact: Cassandra Jacobs [(512) 730-0432 | Email]


  • Looking for research opportunities this summer? The Center for Parent-Child Studies is seeking students fluent in both English and Mandarin to work on coding this summer. Join our research team in a study to understand the role of parents in children's motivation and achievement.
    Contact: Dianna Moore [217-265-6378 | 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]


  • Looking for research opportunities this summer? 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 this summer.


    Contact: Dianna Moore [217-265-6378 | Email]


  • The Emotion and Behavior Lab has volunteer research assistant or Psych 290 openings for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014. The 290 students will help in studies on impulsivity and substance use behaviors, and psychopathy and moral judgment. You will be supervised by grad students working with Dr. Edelyn Verona and Dr. Aron Barbey. Visit web site below for an application ("Join") and return to Dr. Verona at the email provided.
    http://internal.psychology.illinois.edu/labs/EBLab/EBLab.htm
    Contact: Edelyn Verona [217-265-6708 | Email | Verona lab]


  • 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 katie281@gmail.com.
    Contact: Katie Johnson [217-244-5578 | Email]


  • 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 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 ckim74@illinois.edu.
    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 cmallen@illinois.edu.
    Contact: Courtney Allen [217-244-6763 | Email]


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