Summer Research Mentoring Program in Developmental Science      

This summer, Dr. Elizabeth Simpson and her team will be leading a Summer Research Mentoring Program, funded by the National Science Foundation. Students will be compensated $1,800 to work 20 hours per week over the course of this of this 9-week program.

The Social Cognition Lab studies the development of social behavior in infants, including neonatal imitation and face perception. We use eye tracking to measure infant visual attention and we collect saliva to detect salivary hormones. You can read more about our research here: https://goo.gl/2lP2s8
Eligibility, Dates, and Location

  • High school seniors and undergraduate students are eligible. No prior research experience is required.
  • The program is from June 1st through August 4th, 2017.
  • The University of Miami is located in a culturally diverse and vibrant community. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and have progressive work-life policies. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in research-focused students from groups historically underrepresented in science, including racial/ethnic minorities, women, and students who are the first in their family to attend college.
  • Students are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation.

Components
Students will lead projects, under Dr. Simpson’s guidance. This student mentoring program aims to (a) introduce students to the general scientific method and specific methods of investigating infant social cognitive development; (b) identify student training and career goals; (c) facilitate student support networks, including peer mentoring; and (d) lead students in community science education through outreach and the dissemination of research findings to both the scientific community and the broader public. The research experience includes:

  • 20 hours per week in the laboratory learning to measure social cognitive development in infants.
  • Weekly 1-hour face-to-face research meetings focused on the training and professional development.
  • Participating in a research conference to learn more broadly about developmental science and to network with other leading scientists. The South Florida Child Psychology Collaborative Research Conference is a student-focused conference held in Miami every summer.
  • Designing a summer collaborative outreach project. Students will be encouraged to be creative and develop a project to educate children or families in the community on a topic related to our research.
  • Pairing up with a graduate student to produce a tangible product summarizing research findings. At the end of the program, students will share their results through a paper or presentation.

Application

  • Materials must be received by April 24th, 2017 (midnight EST).
  • Please complete the online application: https://goo.gl/forms/HgGwkdAXefSjChQP2
  • Email Dr. Simpson (simpsone@miami.edu) your cover letter expressing why you are interested in this program and attach your CV or resume.

Contact
Learn more about our lab: https://www.facebook.com/SocCogLab
Questions can be directed to Dr. Simpson (simpsone@miami.edu).

 

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