Labs Looking for RAs (PSC 199)

Apply to volunteer as a research assistant in a psychology department faculty member's lab! Labs are located on campus and at other sites, including the Center for Mind and Brain, the UC Davis MIND Institute, and the California National Primate Research Center. The labs listed below have indicated that they may be hiring Research Assistants this year. You can see the full list of faculty labs here: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/research/research-labs. When inquiring about a Research Assistant position, It is important to be aware of the research actually being done in the lab before asking to participate. Be respectful and indicate why you want to work in that particular lab. Research Assistant positions are competitive, and there may be a GPA requirement or prior coursework required.

Asian American Psychological Issues

Instructor Name Nolan Zane
Credit Type Social Science
Short Title Asian American Psychological Issues
Complete Description of 199 We are looking for motivated and responsible students to be experimenters conducting research studies with a focus on Asian American issues. Some examples of research topics are loss of face, gambling, stereotypes, social behavior, community-based interventions, and biraciality. Research Assistants have the opportunity to be involved in other aspects of our research, including entering data, data analysis, and research design.
Prerequisites....  None
Additional Comments

Comments: Students interested in an undergraduate research assistant position should complete an application from the lab website http://aacdr.faculty.ucdavis.edu/training-opportunities/ and email a completed application to Shirley Chan (syschan@ucdavis.edu).
Contact person Shirley Chan
Phone 530-723-9831
Email syschan@ucdavis.edu

Attitudes and Group Identity

 

Instructor

Alison Ledgerwood

Credit Type

Social Science

Short Title

Attitudes and Group Identity

Description

The Attitudes and Group Identity Lab is looking for motivated, responsible, and detail-oriented research assistants to help us conduct social psychological research. No experience is necessary, but you must be interested in psychology and 100% reliable. Undergraduate research assistants have the opportunity to become involved in all phases of the research process, including study design, data collection, data entry, and understanding the results. We also hold periodic lab meetings with graduate students and Dr. Ledgerwood where we discuss empirical papers, learn different programming skills, and give advice about graduate school and careers in behavioral research. These volunteer positions provide an excellent opportunity to acquire hands-on research experience and to potentially earn a letter of recommendation from a professor! If you would like to apply for a position, please download an RA Application Form and return the completed application along with a resume to

Prerequisities         

Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 Must be willing to commit to a quarter-long schedule and a consistent number of hours each week (either 6 or 9 hours). Must be willing to commit to the lab for at least two quarters.

Comments

All applications should include the form downloaded from the lab website and a resume.

Contact Person

Sabrina Huang

 Contact Email

Contact Phone

(530) 752-1880

 

 

Cog. Neuro: Typical People & People w/Schizophrenia

Instructor

Steve Luck

Description

Our laboratory studies visual attention and short-term memory in healthy young adults, and we collaborate with laboratories in Baltimore and Sacramento that test patients with schizophrenia and matched control subjects.  Most experiments involve traditional cognitive psychology techniques.  Some experiments also involve recording brain waves.  Students in our lab typically begin by running cognitive experiments, which includes scheduling subjects, explaining the task, operating the computers, and monitoring the data.  As they gain experience, students may become involved in designing experiments, analyzing data, and running brain-wave experiments. The undergraduate students in the lab have a weekly meeting with the professor and the lab manager in which we discuss journal articles, ongoing experiments, and a variety of other issues related to cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. We encourage students to apply as early as their freshman year. For information about how to apply, see http://lucklab.ucdavis.edu/join.html

Prerequisities (if any)

​ The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.2.  Applicants must be responsible, dedicated, and motivated.

Contact Person

Aaron Simmons

Contact Email

lucklab.manager@ucdavis.edu

Contact Phone

530-297-4425

 

 

Dynamic Memory Lab

Instructor

Charan Ranganath

Credit Type

Natural Science

Short Title

Dynamic Memory Lab

Description

Undergraduate research assistants are needed for the laboratory of Professor Charan Ranganath. Our laboratory is currently conducting studies using fMRI and EEG to understand the neural mechanisms of human memory. Research assistants joining our lab will initially spend time collecting behavioral data and developing behavioral tasks as they hone their programming skills. After students learn the basics, some motivated students may have the opportunity to participate in EEG/ fMRI data collection.

Please visit our website for further information: http://dml.ucdavis.edu/index.php.

Prerequisities       

Completion of PSC 41 (Research Methods) and PSC 130 (Human Learning & Memory) PREFERRED.

We recommend at least a one-year commitment to the lab and minimum weekly time commitment of 4hrs/week.   Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Comments

If interested, please email Jordan Crivelli-Decker
(
jecrivellidecker@ucdavis.edu) or Nichole Bouffard (nrbouffard@ucdavis.edu) with a copy of your resume/CV to ask for an application.

Contact Person

Jordan Crivelli-Decker

Contact Email

jecrivellidecker@ucdavis.edu

Contact Phone

Early Start Lab

Instructor Aubyn Stahmer / Sally Rogers
Credit Type Social Science
Short Title Early Start Lab
Description

Our lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute is currently seeking highly motivated, organized, and responsible volunteer research assistants who are interested in autism, early intervention, communication development, development of play, and early development in general. Students are responsible for assisting with behavioral therapy visits and clinical assessments. This includes preparing visit materials, filming the visits, collecting data and cleaning the room materials. Students have a chance to interact with and attend meetings with behavioral clinicians and researchers while learning about various aspects of early childhood development, early diagnostic tools, and behavioral treatments for toddlers diagnosed with ASD. There are also opportunities to learn behavioral coding and collect field data for students who have been in the lab for some time (i.e. at least 1-2 quarters). 

Prerequisities 
 A one year commitment is required.  Completion of Developmental Psychology (PSC 140), Research Methods in Psychology (PSC 41), General Psychology (PSC 1) or the equivalent.  3.2 GPA minimum.

Motivated sophomores and juniors are especially encouraged to apply. We require a registration of at least 2-3 units (6-9 hours/week).

 

Applicants should send their resumes to Marykate Miller.

 

 

Comments

Aubyn Stahmer is a primary PI on this project, whose primary appointment is in Psychiatry, not Psychology.  

Contact Person Marykate Miller
Contact Email mkemiller@ucdavis.edu
Contact Phone 916-703-0486

Human Memory Lab

Instructor

Andrew Yonelinas

Credit Type

Natural Science

Short Title

Human Memory Lab

Description

We are looking for motivated and responsible students to help conduct human memory research! Students will be involved in stimulus creation, testing subjects, and data management. Additionally, undergraduate research assistants are welcome to attend weekly lab meetings. Students will gain experience in memory research, instructing small groups of people, interacting with a lab, and data management and analysis skills.

Prerequisities 

Completion of PSC 41 (Research Methods) and PSC 130 (Human Learning & Memory) PREFERRED.

Comments

Students are asked to make a 2 or 3 unit commitment (6-9 hours per week). There is an application and interview process for the limited number of RA positions we have available. Please contact Trevor (see information below) for an application and more information

Contact Person

Trevor Baer

Contact Email

tlbaer@ucdavis.edu

Contact Phone

530-754-9439

Human Spatial Cognition Lab

Instructor

Arne David Ekstrom

Credit Type

Social Science

Short Title

Human Spatial Cognition Lab

Description

We are looking for motivated students with an interest in cognitive neuroscience to help conduct research on spatial cognition and memory. Students are able to learn about psychological research by running behavioral experiments, programming experimental tasks, and attending our weekly lab meetings (time TBD). There are also opportunities to conduct individual research projects for students who have been in the lab for some time (i.e. at least 2 quarters). 

Prerequisities

Research Methods (PSC 41) and at least one of the following courses: Cognitive Psychology (PSC 100), Perception (PSC 131), or Cognitive Neuroscience (PSC 135).

Comments

Applicants should download the application form athttp://humanspatialcognitionlab.org/volunteers/ and return it to Jennifer Lieberman along with a resume or description of past work or research experience. Motivated sophomores and juniors are especially encouraged to apply. We require a registration of at least 2 units (6 hours/week).

Contact Person

Jennifer Lieberman

Contact Email

jenlieberman@ucdavis.edu

Contact Phone

530-757-8800

Infant Cognition Lab

Instructor

Lisa Oakes

Credit Type

Social Science

Short Title

Infant Cognition Lab

Description

Students work in the infant cognition lab testing infants, coding infant behavior from recordings, working with data, creating stimuli, and other tasks related to conducting studies on the development of cognitive skills in infancy. There are opportunities to learn programming, desgining experiments, and many students end up conducting independent research progjects (after a year in the lab).

Prerequisities          

A 2-quarter commitment is required. Completion of Psc 140, Psc 100, HDE 100A, or the equivalent. A 3.0 GPA

Comments

This is a fun lab where students work as part of a team with staff, post-docs and graduate students. There are opportunities for individual projects and honors projects for students who are in the lab for a period of time (e.g., after 2 quarters).

Contact Person

Michaela DeBolt

Contact Email

oakeslabmanager.ucdavis@gmail.com

Contact Phone

530-297-4423

 

Psycholinguistics Lab

Instructor Fernanda Ferreira
Credit Type Natural Science
Short Title Psycholinguistics Lab
Description

We are looking for undergraduate research assistants for Professor Ferreira's Psycholinguistics Lab in Young Hall. Students will be involved in creating stimuli (texts, audio files, and pictures), collecting and analyzing data, and other related tasks. Students will also attend a weekly lab meeting with the members of the lab to talk about research.

Prerequisities

We seek enthusiastic, well-organized students with an interest in human cognition and language, and with a GPA of at least 3.2.

Comments

This is a great opportunity for highly motivated and responsible students who are interested in obtaining research experience. We require a registration of at least 3 units (9 hours/week).

Contact Person Fernanda Ferreira
Contact Email fferreira@ucdavis.edu
Contact Phone 803-920-2597

Saron Lab

Instructor Name Clifford  Saron
Credit Type Natural Science
Short Title Saron Lab
Complete Description of 199 We are seeking undergraduate research assistants to work on a longitudinal study of intensive meditation training. Our multidisciplinary approach utilizes interviews, self-report, behavioral, electrophysiological, and biochemical measures to investigate the effects of meditation training on a broad range of cognitive, affective, and biochemical processes. Research assistants joining our lab will initially spend time on data entry projects while becoming acquainted with the scope and components of the project. Depending on their area of interest, motivated students will then have the opportunity to process and analyze a wide array of quantitative and qualitative measures. Please visit our lab website for further information: http://mindbrain.ucdavis.edu/labs/Saron
List Prerequisites
(if any)
Strong candidates should be self-directed, comfortable with computers and learning new software, and willing to commit to at least one year in this internship. Students are asked to make a commitment of 6-9 hours per week. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Additional Comments
(if any)
If interested, please email Kezia Wineberg with your resume or CV to ask for an application.
Contact person Kezia Wineberg
Phone N/A
Email krwineberg@ucdavis.edu

Visual Cognition Lab

Instructor Name John Henderson
Credit Type Natural Science
Short Title Visual Cognition Lab
Complete Description of 199 We are looking for undergraduate research assistants for Professor Henderson’s Visual Cognition Lab in the Center for Mind & Brain. Students will be involved in creating stimuli (pictures and texts), collecting and analyzing data, and other related tasks. Students also attend a weekly lab meeting with the members of the lab to talk about research.
List Prerequisites
(if any)
We seek enthusiastic, well-organized students with an interest in human cognition and perception, and with a GPA of at least 3.2.
Additional Comments
(if any)
This is a great opportunity for highly motivated and responsible students who are interested in obtaining research experience. We require a registration of at least 3 units (9 hours/week).
Contact person John Henderson
Phone 530-297-4651
Email johnhenderson@ucdavis.edu

Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab

Instructor Name Tamara Swaab
Credit Type Natural Science
Short Title Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab
Complete Description of 199

Our laboratory studies language comprehension in healthy young adults, healthy older adults and individuals with language deficits. We are looking for undergraduate research assistants for Professor Swaab's Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab in the Social Sciences Building across from Young Hall. Students will be involved in creating stimuli (texts, audio files, and pictures), collecting and analyzing data from behavioral and electrophysiological studies and other related tasks. We encourage students to apply as early as their freshman year. For information about how to apply, see http://swaab.faculty.ucdavis.edu/

List Prerequisites
(if any)
We seek highly motivated, well-organized, responsible and dedicated students with an interest in the cognitive neuroscience of normal or impaired language comprehension in monolinguals or bilinguals or across the lifespan. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.2.  
Additional Comments
(if any)
This is a great opportunity for highly motivated and responsible students who are interested in obtaining research experience. We require a registration of at least 3 units (9 hours/week).​
Contact person Tamara Swaab
Phone 530-752-4207
Email swaab@ucdavis.edu

Structural MRI studies of fragile X premutation

Instructor Name Susan Rivera
Credit Type Natural Science
Short Title Structural MRI studies of fragile X premutation
Complete Description of 199

​Research assistants will assist in analyzing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data to quantify brain structural damage in fragile X premutation. They will be trained to perform segmentations of brain structures and conduct diffusion tensor tractography to reconstruct major white matter fiber tracts. Current projects include the studies of distribution and fraction of white matter hyperintensities in males with FMR1 normal and premutation alleles and quantifying structural changes for predicting progression of neurodegeneration. Work will also include reading scientific materials relevant to the project on which the student is working.

List Prerequisites
(if any)
Commitment of at least 2 quarters with minimum 6 hours/week is required. We are looking for students who are detail orientated with knowledge and interests in neuroanatomy and with a GPA of 3.0 and above.
Additional Comments
(if any)
Committed students have the opportunities of involved in manuscript writing and conducting individual projects.
Contact person Jun Yi Wang
Email jyiwang@ucdavis.edu