Join our team!
Undergraduate Research Assistants
We are glad that you are interested in working with us! We have a team of undergraduate research assistants (URAs) who are actively engaged in our lab. We are excited to grow our team and welcome new undergraduate research assistants who are motivated and interested in gaining research skills.
***Our recruitment for the upcoming Fall 2022 semester has concluded.***
If you are interested in being contacted for future opportunities to work as an undergraduate research assistant in the TALK Lab, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, major and current school year. We will add your contact information to our recruitment database and reach out to you once opportunities become available.
There are a couple of ways you can get involved in the TALK Lab:
PSY 433 (Research Experience in Psychology) class credits
We prefer that our undergraduate research assistants commit to at least 2 semesters upon joining the lab and commit for 2 or 3 PSY 433 credits (2 credits = 6 hours of work; 3 credits = 9 hours of work).
What does being an undergraduate research assistant in the TALK Lab look like?
URA Responsibilities: Current tasks include transcription and/or coding of audio and video data collected from families with one-year-olds (TodDLE Project). Some URAs will also be involved in new data collection, such as assisting with study recruitment and administering interviews to parents (CHATTER Project).
Additional URA Responsibilities: All undergraduate RAs are required to attend lab meetings and weekly team meetings.
Professional Development Opportunities: We hold at least two professional development meetings each semester during our lab meetings. We hope to best support our undergraduate research assistants' career aspirations and shape these meetings in accordance with their wants and needs. Previous topics include Exploring Different Career Paths, Applying to Clinical PhD Programs, Applying to Post-bacc Jobs After Graduation, Creating CVs/Resumes and Cover Letters, Tips on Interviewing for Graduate School and Post-bacc Job Positions, How to Effectively Read Research Articles and Understanding/Interpreting Basic Statistics in Results Section.
Undergraduate research assistants with excellent performance and evidenced dedication to research may engage in additional professional development opportunities such as conducting an independent research project or presenting a poster at conferences.
Testimonials from some of our previous undergraduate research assistants:
"I enjoyed being a part of TALK Lab. Though we were virtual, we made a bond through the things we were being taught and the tasks we had to complete. Leaving this lab, I have obtained the skill of utilizing LENA, dissecting scholarly articles, and organization. I have learned a lot about child development and parental influence on adolescents. This lab has guided me into creating the next steps for my future."
"I have loved my time in the TALK lab! It is so nice to have a small group of people who you know have your best interests in mind. It is also so nice having a space on campus to feel your voice is heard."
We are thrilled that you are interested in our research and joining our team!
Dr. Fields-OIivieri does not plan to admit a graduate student for the upcoming (2023) application cycle.