Information for Students

Interested in getting research experience?

We usually have two or three undergraduate students who work with us as research assistants each semester.  Students receive course credit in PSY 197, Research Internship, for two or three credits.  PSY 197 is a pass/fail course.

There aren’t formal prerequisites for PSY 197, but we give preference to students who:

  • Have taken PSY 259 (Statistics in Psychology)
  • Have taken, or are currently taking, PSY 303 (Perception) or PSY 313 (Cognition)
  • Have taken, or are currently taking, PSY 393 (Experimental Methods)
  • Have an interest in cognitive psychology, language, and/or reading research

Internship expectations:

PSY 197 students are expected to have a regular schedule in the lab.  A 2-credit internship requires 6 hours/week, and a 3-credit internship requires 9 hours/week.  One of those hours will be a weekly lab meeting.

Lab responsibilities include:

  • Testing participants on various language & cognitive tasks, following established protocols.
  • Entering data and maintaining records in Excel
  • Management of lab paperwork

Students who have taken PSY 197 can repeat it in a following semester.  Also, returning 197s may sign up the next semester for PSY 467, Lab Practicum in Psychological Research, which is a 3-credit pass/fail course.  PSY 467 students have a higher level of responsibility than PSY 197, and will be more involved in training new interns and in lab oversight.

If you are thinking about doing an honors thesis on a project involving speech perception or reading, we encourage you to get involved in our lab in PSY 197 one or two semesters before that.