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Join the Family Stress Lab!

2017-09-01

The Family Stress Lab at Michigan State University seeks to understand the ways in which a variety of stressors impact the family system and child development. Current projects involve studying family processes and sibling relationships in families who have a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). 

We are looking for undergraduate research assistants to begin work in our lab as early as summer 2017, although we are also reviewing applications for fall 2017. 

Tasks available for undergraduate research assistants involve managing data collection, including scheduling families to come into our lab at the MSU Clinical Center and running these visits with families, and coding behaviors observed in videotaped parent-child interactions. Opportunities to assist Dr. Nuttall on papers and conference presentations are available to students who are exceptionally motivated and talented. Dr. Nuttall enjoys mentoring undergraduates and provides undergraduate research assistants with ample opportunities for excellent preparation for graduate work in psychology. During the school year, students working in the Family Stress Lab may enroll for research credit in Psychology (PSY 490 or 491).

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA. Sophomores and juniors will be given preference, however, exceptional freshmen and seniors may be considered. To apply, please complete an application (available on the Family Stress Lab website listed below) and return it to Dr. Nuttall via email.

Lab website: http://familystresslab.hdfs.ms...

Contact: Dr. Amy Nuttall (nuttall@msu.edu)

Perception & Attention Lab

2017-09-01

The Perception & Attention Lab has opennings for undergraduate assistants for

Fall 2017 

Project Background: The lab is directed by Mark W. Becker and the main focus of the lab is to investigate the processes that guide the allocation of visual attention.  Under this umbrella, we are investigating a number of specific questions about how people perform visual search for objects, how feedback, reward, punishment, and competition influence performance in simple perceptual tasks, how categorical information influences visual search, and how one's mood or emotion can impact  visual processing.

Undergraduate Responsibilities: Undergraduate assistants will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of research activities, including assisting with research design, running participants, and analyzing data. Many of these experiments use eye tracking technology, so you will also gain experience with eye tracking methods.  The projects are split into a number of smaller experiments. The manageable size of these small units makes it possible for you to be involved in the entire research process from inception through analysis and interpretation.

Requirements: Scheduling is flexible but you must commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week including attendance at regular lab meetings. You should have a GPA of over 3.3 and should have taken at  least one relevant psychology course (e.g., Cognitive Psychology, Brain and Behavior, Statistics, Sensation and Perception). If selected, you would begin in late August and the expectation is that you would continue through then end of the school year.  You can work either as a volunteer or for credit (PSY 491).

If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact the lab coordinator, Eric Chantland at ericchantland@gmail.com  for information about how to apply. 

Community design charrettes: A collaborative approach to interdisciplinary problem solving

2017-08-16

Seeking undergraduate research assistant for community psychology dissertation study 

Fall 2017  

The primary aim of the study is to better understand the role of design in social change by evaluating collaborative efforts between designers (graphic, web, brand/marketing, etc.) and community-based organizations in pursuit of innovative community improvement. The unique and hands-on research environment will involve experience with data collection and analysis of interview, observation, and archival data for a qualitative multiple-case study of a designer-community partnership event in West Michigan (see current research section [msu.edu/~mcalindo/about.html] for a description of the study and research questions).

The undergraduate research assistant will be responsible for assisting with on-site structured observations, organization and management of a qualitative dataset, coding and analysis of qualitative data including archival documents and interview and observation transcripts. The research assistant must also be able to accompany the researcher to up to ten meetings in Grand Rapids, MI. Training will be provided for all tasks, as well as transportation for out of town meetings. Opportunities will be presented to develop connections with multiple community-based organizations in MI, learn more about the role of design and design-thinking in community change, and co-author presentations and/or publications of the findings.

Applicants must have a 3.2 GPA and be able to dedicate 5-10 hours per week to assigned tasks. The position is available for Fall 2017 semester, with a possible additional semester, and students may enroll for research credit in Psychology (PSY 491). Those with experience in qualitative research are encouraged to apply, though it is not required.

If interested, please contact Katie McAlindon mcalindo@msu.edu


The Clinical Neuroscience Lab has openings for undergraduate assistants for the 2017-2018 academic year

2017-08-30

Project Background:  The goal of our lab is to understand the cognitive and biological mechanisms of psychotic disorders, with a focus on schizophrenia. We are particularly interested in how alterations in brain function are related to cognitive and social difficulties, psychotic symptoms (like hallucinations and delusions) and more generally to the subjective experience of individuals who have been diagnosed with psychotic disorders. In our group, we use a range of methods to answer these questions, including functional MRI, diffusion tensor MRI, eye tracking, and experimental psychology paradigms. A deeper understanding of symptoms and their mechanisms hold the promise to lead to more targeted and effective behavioral and pharmacological treatment options.

Undergraduate Responsibilities: Undergraduate assistants will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of research activities, including assisting with research design, running participants, participating in clinical interviews with individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and analyzing data. Many of these experiments use eye tracking technology, so you will also gain experience with eye tracking methods.

Requirements: Scheduling is flexible but you must commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week for the entire academic year. You should have a GPA of over 3.5. If selected, you would begin in early September and the expectation is that you would continue through the end of the school year.  You can work either as a volunteer or for credit (PSY 491). Experience with Matlab and/or Python is desirable.

If you are interested in joining the lab, please email the following information to the lab director, Dr. Katy Thakkar at kthakkar@msu.edu:

  1. CV/Resumé
  2. A one-page essay describing your interest in this area
  3. A document outlining your technical and quantitive skills (e.g. statistical skills, statistical software experience, other software experience, programming experience, operating technical equipment, etc.)
  4. How many hours you are available in the Fall semester and the days/times that you are available.
  5. Transcript (unofficial is fine)
Seeking Undergraduate Research Assistant to Join Cognitive Control Neurolab

2017-09-18

The Cognitive Control Neurolab, overseen by Dr. Susan Ravizza, is recruiting one undergraduate research assistant to work with graduate student Katelyn Wills on her dissertation project.  This project explores the role of learning and motivation in attention and working memory.  You will primarily be expected to help run participants and collect data for these experiments.  Other responsibilities may include some data handling and coding. 

 

We are seeking students who are conscientious, self-motivated, and eager to learn and develop new skills.  Applicants should be prepared to commit 9 hours a week, including bi-weekly lab meetings on Wednesdays from 5-6 PM, for a minimum of 2 semesters.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred, and psychology majors interested in pursuing graduate study in cognitive psychology will be given priority.

 

You may work in the lab as a volunteer or for course credit.  Benefits include:

·         Research and lab experience

·         The opportunity to learn new technical skills in programs such as Microsoft Excel, Matlab, and E-Prime

·         One-on-one mentoring from a current graduate student

·         May be eligible to receive a letter of recommendation from Dr. Ravizza. 

 

Please contact Katelyn Wills at willska2@msu.edu for more information and to apply.

Michigan Twins Project Lab

RECRUITING FOR FALL 2017

The Michigan Twins Project (MTP) and Children of Twins Project (COT) compose a large, population-based twin registry consisting of twins between the ages of 3-55 born in Michigan.  Adult twins and parents of twin children complete and return a brief questionnaire that assesses family composition and health status.  The unique relationship twins share allows for a better understanding of the environmental, genetic and neurobiological factors that influence psychological functioning and health.  Because of this, data from the MTP and COT will contribute to research on a variety of conditions that carry significant consequences for individual and public health.  These related studies are directed by Drs. S. Alexandra Burt and Kelly Klump.

We are looking for undergraduate research assistants that can dedicate 10 hours per week (flexible schedule) starting in Fall 2017.  The research assistant(s) selected will prepare recruitment materials, track participation in the registry, enter data received from families, attend lab meetings and presentations, and get great research experience.  Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.2 and be able to commit to the lab for at least one year (Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters).

To apply for a research assistant position or to learn more about the position, please contact the project coordinator, Eric Gernaat, at gernaate@msu.edu or 517-432-5604.

Independent Study (490) Opportunity with Dr. Sullivan

2017-11-27

We are seeking a small team of students who are interested in gaining research experience for credit (a 490 class). Dr. Sullivan's team has several studies in process that are seeking students who want to learn more about and participate in the research process. Potential duties include (but are not limited to): data checking, data management, coding, and baseline analysis. We focus on helping students acquire a solid knowledge of gender-based violence to give context to research activities. This is an active research group and we have provided great experiences to students in the past; a number of our past research assistants have gone on to graduate programs. If you are interested, submit a CV, list of at least two references and brief email on why you feel you would be a good candidate for this team; submissions to Heather Bomsta at bomstahe@msu.edu.

The Interpersonal Processes and Psychotherapy (IPP) Lab is recruiting new Research Assistants for Spring 2018!

The IPP Lab is interested in understanding how interpersonal processes across different types of relationships (e.g., psychotherapy, parent-child, peers, romantic partners) relate to outcomes, such as change in psychotherapy or the experience of different emotions. We are interested in recruiting new RAs for the Fall 2017 semester and beyond to help with several behavioral coding projects. RAs who join the lab will gain experience measuring behavior in real-time interpersonal interactions as well as helping to organize, manage, and analyze such data. RAs will more generally get an in-depth understanding of research in clinical psychology, exposure to information about graduate school, and opportunities to present research findings. RA's who successfully complete their commitment to lab will be eligible to receive a letter recommendation. Students may also receive 490/491 credit for working in the lab. However, this often requires more commitments than are expected for other volunteers in the lab. 


RA requirements include:
3.5 GPA
Minimum two-semester commitment
10 hours/week commitment

If you have any questions or are interested in joining the IPP Lab please contact 
interpersonal.msu@gmail.com for more information.

Team Interaction Dynamics NASA Research

2018-01-16

This research study is designed to explore teamwork interaction dynamics and how teams solve task related problems. We are validating badge technology for use on long duration space missions.


We are looking for undergraduate research assistants for Spring 2018. Research responsibilities would include:
• Arriving to lab sessions early to set up equipment.
• Learning how our sociometric badges work to help undergraduate participants use them.
• Cleaning and maintaining equipment.
• Signing in and assigning credit to participants.
• Carefully following an experimental script.
• Answering participants' questions about the task.
• Managing data files.

Steve Kozlowski is the primary investigator and Anthony Misisco is the project manager. For more information or to express interest in participating, please contact Anthony Misisco (misiscoa@msu.edu).

Behavior Genetics Lab – MTwiNS

Currently hiring for Spring 2018!

The primary aim of Dr. Burt's lab is to examine developmental differences in genetic, environmental, and neurobiological influences on internalizing (e.g., depression) and externalizing (e.g., acting out behaviors) symptoms. Specifically, Dr. Burt is interested in studying the role of gene-environment interplay in the development of aggressive and rule-breaking behaviors (collectively referred to as antisocial behaviors) in children and adolescents. The primary goal of the MTwiNS (Michigan Twin Neurogenetics Study) is to better understand brain and behavior development in a sample of twins. Find out more about our research on our website.

Here are some things you would get out of working in the lab:

  1. Psychology research experience
  2. Working in a fun, motivating environment with other students who have similar interests
  3. Exposure to graduate school and what it would be like - we host a grad school talk every year!
  4. Opportunities to work on independent research projects
  5. A letter of recommendation upon completion of the full year commitment
  6. You may also receive PSY 490 or PSY 491 credit if you are interested

Lab duties:

  1. Data entry, coding, & various clerical duties
  2. Follow-up phone calls with study participants
  3. Mailing prep

Requirements include:

  1. A 6-8 hour per week commitment
  2. At least a 3.2 GPA
  3. A full year (12 month) commitment to the lab
  4. Available to attend biweekly lab meetings, Fridays from 3:30-4:30 in the psychology building 

If interested or want more information about the project, please contact the lab manager, Elisa Carsten, at eecarsten@gmail.com

Digital Behavior Study - Twitter Coding

Currently hiring for Spring 2018!

The Twitter Coding Team is part of Digital Behavior Study (DBS), directed by Dr. Alexandra Burt. The primary aim of this project is to examine social media use by college students. Specifically, Dr. Burt is interested in studying the relationship between social media use, personality, and behavior.

Responsibilities for this project involve:

  1. Reading and coding Tweets
  2. Maintaining reliability with other Twitter coders
  3. Minimal data entry and/or various clerical duties when required

Requirements:

  1. A full year (12-month) commitment
  2. Must be able to work up to 8-10 hours per week
  3. At least a 3.2 GPA
  4. Attendance of a weekly lab meeting
  5. Must be dependable, self-motivated, and detail-oriented

What you get out of working in our lab:

  1. Eligible to ask for a letter of recommendation from Dr. Burt after you have completed the 12-month requirement
  2. Great way to gain research experience for graduate school and what programs are like – we host several talks and workshops, including grad school talk!
  3. You may also receive PSY 490 or PSY 491 credit if you are interested
  4. Opportunities to work on independent research projects

More Details:

  1. No experience necessary
  2. Very flexible hours

If interested, please contact Mikayla Kim (kimmikay@msu.edu)


Join the Hormones and Eating Behavior Lab!

Currently looking for Summer 2018 Research Assistants!

Dr. Kelly Klump's lab studies the etiology of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and subthreshold variations of these disorders. Our lab is interested in understanding developmental differences in genetic risk factors across adolescence and adulthood, with a particular focus on the role of gonadal hormones in programming and activating risk across development. 

We are also interested in the ways in which psychosocial (e.g., exposure to thin ideals, weight-based teasing) and psychological risk factors (e.g., personality traits like impulsivity) interact with genetic/biological risk and lead to eating pathology.

We approach these research questions using a translational scientific framework that includes both human and animal studies. Dr. Klump co-directs the Michigan State University Twin Registry with Dr. Alex Burt, and many of our studies make use of this valuable resource. 

Position Requirements:

  • 10 hour/week commitment to the lab and lab tasks
  • Attend weekly lab meeting on Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00 am
  • 1 year commitment (i.e., 3 consecutive semesters) to the lab
  • At least a 3.5 GPA

More Details:

  • Obtain hands-on experience with participant interaction
  • Learn to collect biological samples, administer questionnaires, and more
  • Receive PSY490/491 credit after two semesters
  • Gain excellent research experience for graduate school preparation
  • Eligible for a recommendation letter from Dr. Klump after 1 year commitment
  • No experience necessary, but should be conscientious, detail-oriented, and willing to learn

If you are interested or would like to learn more about our lab, please contact the project coordinator, Phuong Vo, at votrucph@msu.edu or 517-432-3665.

Seeking Undergraduate Research Assistant for Community Systems Change Projects - Spring, Summer, Fall 2018

2018-01-15

The System exChange at MSU has several ongoing projects, offering undergraduates the opportunity to contribute to our efforts to learn about and support communities to more effectively address significant social issues affection children, youth, and families.  Current projects are focused on health in Michigan, specifically looking at how aligning factors like education, employment, neighborhood conditions, and social supports can contribute to better health outcomes.  (Learn more about this idea at https://www.healthypeople.gov/...)

These projects offer opportunities for students interested in: 

  • qualitative research
  • quantitative research
  • communications/messaging
  • learning methods/tools
  • web design and content development

While we aim to focus each assistant's work on their own interests, all students can expect to participate in tasks like data entry and management, literature searches and reviewing, and general support to the success of our projects. 

Requirements:

  1. A full year (12-month) commitment
  2. Must be able to work 8-10 hours per week
  3. At least a 3.4 GPA
  4. Must be dependable, self-motivated, and detail-oriented

Benefits of Working with the System exChange Team:

  1. Great way to gain research experience
  2. Learn more about community collaboratives/coalitions
  3. Flexible work schedule with interesting, smart co-workers!
  4. Receive PSY 490 or PSY 491 credit if you are interested/eligible
  5. Opportunities to work on independent research projects
  6. Potential letter of recommendation for students completing at least a year on the team

If interested, contact Abby Wattenberg (wattenbe@msu.edu).

Research Opportunity in the Juvenile Justice System or Forensic Psychology

2018-02-20

Research opportunity for 2018-2019!

 

This research opportunity is for students interested in the juvenile justice system or forensic psychology. The project involves a partnership between MSU (under the leadership of Dr. Cait Cavanagh) and a local juvenile court system. At the court, each youth who commits a crime is administered a risk assessment, which shows areas of unmet need and how likely the youth is to commit another crime. The project has expanded to include a measure for juvenile sex offenders, families involved in the abuse/neglect division of the court, and youth with mental health needs.

 

Selected students will be able to:

-Create an independent research project

-Present at a national conference

-Pursue opportunities for publication

-Receive a personalized letter of recommendation

 

The available position involves:

-Basic data entry

-Working with court probation officers for data collection

-Data management

 

Requirements:

-Must be available to work during summer, fall, and spring semesters (2018-2019), totalling a full calendar year

-Must be able to take independent study or similar credit (e.g. PSY/CJ 490/491 or a similar course)

-Must have 8-10 hours of availability per week for individual work, including transportation to a local courthouse

-Must be available on Wednesday afternoons for mandatory meetings with court officials

-Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

 

If you are interested in applying or would like to learn more, please contact Kaitlyn Rines at rineskai@msu.edu. Additionally, please visit www.theadjustlab.com for more information about Dr. Cavanagh’s research. Thank you for your interest!

Digital Behavior Study - Twitter Coding

Currently hiring for Summer 2018!!

The Twitter Coding Team is part of the Digital Behavior Study (DBS), directed by Dr. Alexandra Burt. The primary aim of this project is to examine social media use by college students. Specifically, Dr. Burt is interested in studying the relationship between social media use, personality, and behavior.

Responsibilities for this project involve:

1. Reading and coding Tweets

2. Maintaining reliability with other Twitter coders

3. Minimal data entry and/or various clerical duties when required

Requirements:

1. A full year (12-month) commitment

2. Must be able to work up to 8-10 hours per week

3. At least a 3.2 GPA

4. Attendance of a weekly lab meeting

5. Must be dependable, self-motivated, and detail-oriented

What you get out of working in our lab:

1. Eligible to ask for a letter of recommendation from Dr. Burt after you have completed the 12-month requirement

2. Great way to gain research experience for graduate school and what programs are like – we host several talks and workshops, including grad school talk!

3. You may also receive PSY 490 or PSY 491 credit if you are interested

4. Opportunities to work on independent research projects

More Details:

1. No experience necessary

2. Very flexible hours 

If interested contact Mikayla Kim (kimmikay@msu.edu)

Child Twin Video Coding Lab

2017-08-30

Currently hiring for Summer 2018!

The Child Twin Video Coding Team is part of the larger Twin Study of Behavioral and Emotional Development, directed by Dr. Alexandra Burt. Her research focuses on developmental differences in genetic, environmental, and neurobiological influences on internalizing (e.g., depression) and externalizing (e.g., aggression) symptoms. Specifically, Dr. Burt is interested in studying the role of gene-environment interplay in the development of aggressive and rule-breaking behaviors (collectively referred to as antisocial behaviors). One environmental factor that may play a role in the development of antisocial behaviors is parenting. Find out more about our research on our website.

Responsibilities for this project involve:

1.      Watching videos of children and their parents draw pictures on an Etch a Sketch

2.      Scoring the videos based on certain behaviors

3.      Maintaining scoring reliability with other video coders

4.      Minimal data entry

 

Requirements:

1.      12-month commitment (including summer availability)

2.      Must be able to work up to 8 hours per week

3.      At least a 3.0 GPA

4.      Attendance of a weekly lab meeting during training

5.      Must be dependable, self-motivated, and detail-oriented

 

More Details:

1.      No experience necessary

2.      Very flexible hours

3.      Eligible to ask for a letter of recommendation from Dr. Burt after you have completed the 12-month requirement

4.      Great way to gain research experience for graduate school!


If interested contact Justin Bennett (benne457@msu.edu).