Working in the lab
Beyond our professional staff, the number of additional lab members can vary quite a bit depending on the ebb and flow of data collection cycles.
Over the years, we have employed over 130 undergraduate research assistants who gained valuable experience on everything from administering home- and lab-based assessments, to conducting telephone interviews, to coding and entering a wide variety of data. They have come from a range of majors, including Psychology, Sociology, Social Welfare, Pre-medicine, Education, and Anthropology, as well as Zoology, Pre-pharmacy, International Studies, Business, Kinesiology, and Art. Most undergraduate RAs work in the lab as student-hourly employees; given our expectations for a very high quality of work from all RAs, we pay a competitive wage. Other undergraduates have elected to work in the lab for credit and/or reduced pay in order to fulfill internship requirements in their major, such as the Department of Sociology's Concentration in Analysis and Research (CAR) and the School of Human Ecology's Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program.
In addition to undergraduate RAs, a number of graduate assistants and post-doctoral fellows have been a part of our lab over the years. Our ongoing work affords unique opportunities for training in the conduct of interdisciplinary, longitudinal research on child and adolescent development and provides researchers early in their careers with access to an unprecedented dataset for answering some of the field's most important questions. During extended periods of intensive data collection, we also expand our professional staff to include additional Research Specialists to assist with and oversee the day-to-day research activities of the lab.
To inquire about possible openings in the lab for undergraduate RAs, graduate assistants, postdocs, or professional staff, please contact Mr. Jeffrey Armstrong.