Category Archives: Research Assistantship Opportunities

Georgetown University Summer Research Assistant – Learning and Development Lab

The Learning and Development Lab directed by Dr. Elissa Newport has an open position for a full-time (40 hours/week) undergraduate research assistant (RA) for the summer with opportunity to continue part-time next academic year.  The RA will provide support for ongoing research studies investigating how adults and children learn languages and how language is processed in the brain. Responsibilities may include creating and editing auditory and written language stimuli for use in behavioral and brain imaging experiments; programming experiments; data entry and analysis; recruiting, scheduling, and running study participants (both children and adults); attending community events to recruit interested families; and other duties as assigned.  This paid position is an opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience with developmental research in psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience.  For more information about the Learning and Development Lab’s research, please visit our website:

The ideal candidate will be organized, reliable, and detail-oriented with prior coursework in psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, and/or cognitive neuroscience.  Working knowledge of Excel is required. Experience with children is required. Must be comfortable speaking on the phone and in person to parents of prospective participants.

Please send resumes to Jaclyn Horowitz at


Spring and Summer virtual interns at the Center for Educational Improvement

The Center for Educational Improvement is seeking virtual interns for Spring (start date around April 1) and Summer 2018 to assist with research related to our investigations  of the impact of mindfulness, yoga, and meditation on children and teachers. We are particularly interested in increasing educator understanding of the neurobiological impact of trauma and how mindfulness, yoga, and meditation enhance executive functioning, learning, and children’s well-being. We are also investigating four related areas: mindful school leadership, the relationship of mindfulness and student self-determination for students with disabilities, the implementation of STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, & Math)- Mindfulness/Yoga Play in early childhood education, and the use of an instrument we are currently validating to facilitate the development of compassionate school culture. Expectations: Interns participate for at least 3 months, assisting with conducting background research, writing articles, analyzing data, preparing workshops, posting blogs, and the development of upcoming books on these topics.  To apply send curriculum vitae, a letter of interest, and 3 references to Dr. Christine Mason, Executive Director at

Summer neuroscience research program

This Research Experience for Undergraduates (funded by NSF) unites the successful neuroscience undergraduate research programs of three predominately undergraduate institutions in Northern Ohio and Eastern Indiana. The REU consists of research teams from each institution, with no more than a 2:1 REU student to faculty ratio for a nine-week summer REU. Each group will focus on a separate research project from a faculty mentor’s area of expertise. Participants will work on challenging, authentic research questions and learn methods, skills and content to succeed in their research endeavors at their home institutions. In addition, during biweekly consortium meetings, participants will learn methods, skills and content on research methods being used at the partner institutions. Continue reading

University of Pittsburgh summer internship

We bring students to LRDC who embody the diversity of our nation, region, and city. LRDC interns gain experience in the Learning Sciences (research on instruction and learning) by working projects with a faculty members who specialize in this area. Interns may also work with advanced graduate students or postdoctoral fellows in the faculty members’ labs.

Faculty have primary appointments in the Department of Psychology, and the Schools of Education, Law, and Computing and Information. For a list of potential faculty mentors and research topics, see here. Although applications from all undergraduate students will be considered, these internships are most appropriate for students who will be entering the final year of undergraduate study. Continue reading

Immediate research position available with Hofstra grad student

Seeking undergraduate psychology students to volunteer as researchers in multiple areas of a dissertation research project studying the effectiveness of DBT Skills in improving social interactions and emotion regulation in high functioning teenagers on the Autism spectrum.

  • Watch 45 minute video recordings of group sessions and use coding sheet to record frequency counts of certain pre-determined behaviors
  • Videos can be viewed at home on a secure network as they are encrypted.
  • Will require approximately 12 hours total to be completed as soon as possible. No later than end of July.

***In return, student will be included in any research poster or forum presentations and acknowledged if this moves toward publication.

Please contact Kyle Haney ( if interested.

Assorted summer and post-graduation research opportunities

Some people at Duke have put together a website you can search for summer, academic year, and post-graduation research opportunities. Some of them overlap with items we’ve posted on this blog, but there are additional opportunities listed as well:

Three RA positions with Dr. Ploran for this semester (and beyond)

POSITION 1: Dr. Ploran is looking for a research assistant to do an intensive literature search and some experiment programming for a project on cognitive impairment in lupus patients. An introduction to programming will be given, but the student will be expected to work independently and develop their own skills over the course of the semester as needed. Sophomores and juniors who have completed Research Methods with a B+ or better and have taken Cognition, Behavioral Neuro, or Clinical Neuro will be given priority.

POSITION 2: Dr. Ploran is looking for a second research assistant to run an experiment assessing biophysical reactions to pain stimuli in conjunction with a virtual reality distractor task. Students should be comfortable with taking blood pressure readings using an automated cuff. Students should also feel comfortable using new computer software and equipment with minimal oversight. Students with previous EMT or other medical experience will be given priority.

POSITION 3: Dr. Ploran is looking for a third research assistant to help with data organization and analysis on a project examining the effects of fetal heart monitor graphical design on the ability of RNs and MDs to accurately assess the output. Students who completed Statistics with an A- or A will be given priority. Strong Excel skills a plus.

Applicants should fill out the Research Assistant application form found here and send it to by Feb 8th with a note identifying the desired position(s) (any applicants not selected by Dr. Ploran will be put into the main recruitment pool for Spring 2017). If you already submitted an application to the main pool but would like to be considered for one of these positions specifically, please send Dr. Ploran an email.