Newsletter for Psychology Majors

 

Conferences & Lectures

2018 UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC)

The conference will be on Friday, May 4th, 2018 at UCLA and will showcase approximately 150 undergraduate psychology research projects in poster and paper talk sessions.

We are looking for a diverse representation of campuses and for high-quality abstracts written by undergraduate researchers in your department. Please encourage your strongest undergraduate researchers to apply. Applications and fees online due by Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 5:00 pm. The application and details are available at www.psych.ucla.edu/undergraduate/purc.

Contact information: purc@psych.ucla.edu


 

Fellowships & Ph.D. Programs
 

2018-2019 School Psychology Ph.D. Program Enrollment | University of Minnesota

College of Education and Human Development
Contact: Amanda Sullivan School Psychology Program Coordinator & Associate Professor University of Minnesota

 


Jobs
 

Research Assistant (Lab Manager) | Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute | Roanoke, Virginia

Contact: Please apply at: http://www.jobs.vt.edu, posting # SW0180031

Pre-submission inquiries with CV may be emailed to:

Brennan Delattre, bdelattr@vtc.vt.edu

Lab Manager for Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King-Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute | Roanoke, VA

A full-time research assistant (lab manager) is sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King-

Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

(http://research.vtc.vt.edu). Projects in the labs combine methods from experimental and clinical

psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging to investigate

decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (focusing on adults with mood, anxiety,

personality, or substance-use disorders, and at-risk youth). The research assistant will be responsible

for recruiting and assessing research participants, implementing all aspects of study protocols, and

maintaining positive communication with research participants and collaborators. Data collection

involves various modalities including: behavior, fMRI, clinical interviews, genetic samples. Additional

duties include managing participant databases, organizing project funds, and preparing and tracking

IRB protocols. The research assistant is an essential member of the group and will be generally

responsible for having overall knowledge of all lab projects and managing day-to-day logistics of

ongoing lab projects. Training will be provided for all aspects of the position. For motivated individuals,

there are many opportunities to be involved with data analysis. This is an excellent position for

candidates interested in graduate school in cognitive or clinical psychology, neuroscience, and related

fields. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing to make a two-year commitment.

Minimum requirements include: 1) BA/BS in psychology, biology, engineering, or related field; 2) two

years of research experience; 3) ability to work both independently and as part of a team; 4)

demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail; 5) demonstrated ability and desire to

succeed in a fast-paced research environment with multiple concurrent duties; 6) excellent written and

oral communication skills; 7) proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or equivalent.

Required application materials: Cover letter including statement of interest, CV/Resume, list of

references. Two letters of recommendation will be required prior to final consideration.

Consideration of applications will begin February 12, 2018, and will end when the position is filled.

Expected start date is late Spring/early Summer 2018. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is an

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to cultural diversity and compliance

with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

Summer Teaching Positions Available: Teach Reading to Students of All Ages This Summer

Earn more than $6,500 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $550 and $700 per week while teaching.

Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.

Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.

The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2018 teaching positions. We seek applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline. We provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.

We hire people who:

Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure

Are responsible, hardworking, and have good communication and organizational skills

Will be patient and supportive with students

The Institute teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Our classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.

We invite you to submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at: http://instituteofreadingdevelopmentteachingjobs.com/

 

Judgment and Belief Lab Internship at Cornell University

Tom Gilovich’s Judgment and Belief Lab (JABLAB) at Cornell University is currently accepting applications for volunteer research assistants this summer. The ideal candidate is a motivated undergraduate or recent graduate with a keen interest in social psychology, who is considering graduate school in psychology. Research experience is an asset but not a necessity. 

Research in JABLAB asks questions about everyday social life: What makes conversations go well or poorly? Can we tell how much attention people pay to us or how often we’re on other people’s minds? How does our behavior influence the people around us? Social life is complex. We’re interested in how people navigate their social interactions and some of the systematic mistakes they make along the way. 

Interns are expected to work approx. 35 hours/week; this includes study preparation, data collection (in the lab and in the field), data analysis, and team meetings. Because projects are at various stages of completion (from pre-design to post-data collection), interns will be involved in a wide range of activities over the course of the internship. Activities may include developing new project ideas, designing new experiments, recruiting participants, running experiments, analyzing data, and presenting results.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. To apply, please send the following documents to gilovich.lab.summer@gmail.com: CV/resume, unofficial grade report, brief cover letter describing your relevant research experience and why you’re interested in working in JABLAB, and your availability between June and August.

 

Research Assistant Position: ASD Development Lab at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain | Weill Cornell Medicine

The ASD Development Lab (PI: So Hyun “Sophy” Kim, Ph.D.) at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB; Director: Catherine Lord, Ph.D.) at Weill Cornell Medicine is currently seeking full-time research assistants to work on research studies on children and adults with autism spectrum disorders including a newly NIMH funded study (PI : Sophy Kim).  The RA’s primary responsibilities include behavioral coding, subject recruitment, testing participants with standardized assessments as well as play based assessments, managing and analyzing datasets, preparing and maintaining IRB protocols, and running ERP/EEG tasks. The RA will be working with individuals with autism with varying levels of language and cognitive abilities. The expected start date for the position is Spring/Summer 2018. See below for more details. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who would like to gain research experience prior to attending graduate school. 

Interested applicants should send a CV, names and contact information for 2 references, and a cover letter describing relevant experience, interests, and long-term goals to Sophy Kim (sok2015@med.cornell.edu).

Position Activities:

·         Codes videos of parent child interactions using newly developed treatment outcome measures

·         Recruits subjects for research studies based on study recruitment criteria.

·         Maintains paper and electronic research and clinical records in accordance with Medical College  

           policies and procedures.

·         Organizes, schedules, and conducts clinical research assessments using specialized interviews and

           psychological assessment measures.

·         Conducts literature searches and provides manuscript preparation support.

·         Assists with preparation of grant proposals and IRB applications and amendments.

·         Collects and updates data sets including test scores, demographics, and training records.

·         Enters data into databases.

·         Carries out and prepares written reports of simple statistical analyses.

·         Prepares PowerPoint presentations.

·         Run ERP/EEG sessions with young children.

·         Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

·         Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field and related experience.

·         Transportation required for local travel.

Highly Desired Requirements:

·         Experience with autism or with children and families with developmental disabilities or mental   

          health issues preferred.

·         Previous research experience and experience with ERP/EEG experiments.

·         Ability to speak Spanish.

Skills and Abilities:

·         Superior interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.

·         Familiarity with software including EPrime, R, SPSS, MS Word, Access, and PowerPoint. SAS, Stat, Medline, PsychInfo, and other library resources a plus.

·         Must be able to coordinate a large data set with accuracy and provide timely dissemination of information arising from it.

Note: No relocation assistance is provided for this position.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Weill Cornell Medical College is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EOE/M/F/Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Contact: Please send cover letters and resumes to Sophy Kim sok2015@med.cornell.edu.

 

Daniel Gilbert’s Lab | Harvard University

Accepting applications for volunteer research assistants for summer 2018. The program provides hands-on experience in all aspects of the research process, including idea generation and development, study design, data collection, and statistical analysis. Ongoing research in the lab currently focuses on affective forecasting, altruism, advice, judgment and decision-making, and biases and errors in conversation and social interaction. Interns work approximately 35 hours per week from early June to mid-August. The ideal candidate is a motivated undergraduate or recent graduate with a keen interest in social psychology. Previous research experience is an asset, but not a requirement. 

To apply: send a CV, unofficial grade report, a brief cover letter that explains your interest in the program, and your availability between June and August to gilbertlab.summer@gmail.com. Applications are due March 1st. 

 

Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies 2018 Summer Internship

The Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies, under the direction of Dr. Susan Carey and Dr. Jesse Snedeker, invites undergraduate students and graduating seniors to apply for our 2018 summer internship program. Current research projects focus on causality, kind representations, executive function and conceptual change, the development and acquisition of language, and the relationship between syntactic and semantic representations of language.

The internship will start on 6/11/2018 and run through 8/17/2018. This full time internship position is a great opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience with psychology research. A stipend of $1500 may be awarded for a full-time commitment, but applicants are encouraged to apply for funding from external sources. Because of the nature of the internship, it is essential that interns be mature, articulate, and comfortable with parents and children. They should also be highly organized and reliable. Desirable background experience would include the following: coursework in developmental or experimental psychology or linguistics, basic computer skills and previous research and/or experience with children.

For more information about this opportunity or to find out how to apply, please visit our website:

http://harvardlds.org/summer-internship-2017/

The application deadline is March 1st, 2018 for domestic applicants.

*Please note that the international deadline is ONLY for those who will need a visa sponsored by Harvard. International students attending US universities should apply by the March 1st deadline.

 

2018 Johns Hopkins University | Laboratory for Child Development | Summer Internship Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Johns Hopkins University Laboratory for Child Development’s annual Summer Internship Program.  Summer interns will receive close mentorship by faculty, post docs, and graduate students, and will learn all aspects of cognitive development research.  Under the direction of Drs. Lisa Feigenson and Justin Halberda, the Lab is currently investigating a range of issues including memory development, numerical abilities, logical reasoning, and language acquisition, in populations including young infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and adults.

Summer interns participate fully in all aspects of research, including recruiting participants, testing infants and children in behavioral tasks, coding children’s testing sessions, analyzing data, and interpreting results.  Interns also participate in guided readings of developmental literature, and attend laboratory meetings in which we discuss ongoing projects or current issues in the field of cognitive development.  Students will work primarily in the Psychological & Brain Sciences building of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland, and may also work at our testing site at the Maryland Science Center at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. 

Summer interns have daily contact with children and their parents, and as such must be mature, articulate, and comfortable communicating with others.  Successful candidates will also be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for the research being conducted, a strong work ethic, and an excellent academic record.  Desirable background experience includes coursework in developmental and/or experimental psychology, computer skills, an ability to work in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment, and previous research experience.

The 2018 Program will begin on Monday, June 4 and will end on Friday, July 27 and will be full-time (roughly 9AM to 5PM, with some flexibility).  Interns will receive either course credit or a stipend.

To apply, please email a completed application (available on the lab website), cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position, unofficial academic transcript, and two letters of recommendation to:  jhulcdapplications@gmail.com

The deadline for applications is Friday February 23, 2018.  Candidates will be notified of decisions at the end of March.  Inquiries can be directed to Alex Silver, Lab Manager: jhulcdapplications@gmail.com.  Information can also be found on the lab website:

http://www.psy.jhu.edu/~labforchilddevelopment/


Other

Yale College Working Group of the Carbon Charge

Yale recently instituted a university-wide carbon charge, which took effect last July. The charge places an internal price on energy usage (more information can be found here). The Yale College Working Group of the Carbon Charge has worked with the Carbon Charge’s administration for the past year to guide the ways in which Yale College engages with the charge. 

The Working Group’s goals are:

— to pass down the behavioral incentives of the Carbon Charge from administrators to individual students

— to study best practices for achieving energy reductions under a carbon charge, using controlled experiments

— to coordinate the collective effort and enthusiasm of 14 colleges with the YC Dean’s Office, the Carbon Charge, and the Office of Sustainability.

The Working Group is looking for new members starting this Spring. The form to apply is at https://goo.gl/forms/LTCvEiT3IjQz1U2C3. (Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until March 5th, 11:59 pm. No previous experience in sustainability work is necessary. If you have any questions, please contact casey.pickett@yale.edu. Please note that this is an unpaid position, and the expected time commitment is 3-5 hours per week.)