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Listed below are only some of the DIS opportunities for undergraduates. For example, this list does not include any animal research being conducted by faculty in the neuroscience division of our department. For students interested in a neuroscience DIS involving animal research, you should go to our listing of neuroscience faculty to view the research interests of each professor in the neuroscience division. You should then contact the professors in that division whose research you find interesting to find out about DIS opportunities in their labs. The listings below are from Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Psych, and Applied Behavior Analysis labs. The number and type(s) of DIS that you should participate in will depend on your career goals. For more information, contact a faculty member in your area of interest, or contact Dr. Barbara Licht, the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Psychology: email@example.com.
Children's Learning Clinic
Research in the Children's Learning Clinic (CLC) focuses on understanding the relationship among cognitive, behavioral, and educational outcomes for children with ADHD within the context of positive youth development. We use cutting edge technology and classic experimental design to better understand why children with ADHD display the hallmark ADHD behavioral symptoms (inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity) and associated functional challenges. The goal of CLC research is to translate these findings into effective treatments for children with ADHD that build their capabilities and promote positive outcomes.
We are interested in working with motivated and tenacious undergraduate research assistants. We look for students who are motivated to learn, who possess the potential to excel in clinical science, and whose career goals include graduate school in clinical child psychology or related fields. Volunteer positions require a 10-hour per week commitment for a minimum of 2 consecutive semesters.
Research assistants will have the opportunity to interact directly with children with ADHD and other clinical disorders, as well as learn valuable lab and data skills to increase their competitiveness for graduate school admissions. Students may also have the opportunity to observe and learn evidence-based behavioral management treatment for children with disruptive behavior disorders. High achieving CLC research assistants in the past have earned the opportunity to co-author conference presentations, book chapters, and peer reviewed journal articles.
Minimum requirements are:
· 3.4 GPA or higher
Interested students should email their CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a brief letter of interest to Dr. Kofler.
Contact: Dr. Kofler, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Language Development Research Opportunities
Dr. Arielle Borovsky's Language and Cognitive Development lab is looking for DIS students to assist in developmental psychology research. Our research explores how children and adults use their knowledge about the world and events to understand and learn language. We are a new lab at FSU, so you will have the opportunity to get involved at the ground level with a number of exciting new studies. In addition to assisting with the setup of a new lab, you will have the opportunity to assist with wide range of research activities including: recruiting families to participate in research, training in a variety of behavioral, eye-tracking and electrophysiological techniques, data entry and management, preparing auditory and visual stimuli for new studies. You will also take part in a weekly lab meeting consisting of reading discussion and research presentations. Students who can work well both with people and with technology would make an excellent match for this position.
Minimum requirements are:
· 3.0 GPA or higher (3.3+ preferred)
If you have questions, please email Dr. Borovsky at: email@example.com.
You can complete an application here: http://tinyurl.com/lntfujv
DIS Opportunity in the Math Thinking and Learning Lab
Dr. Colleen Ganley is accepting new DIS students for Fall 2013 into the Math Thinking and Learning Lab. The research in this lab focuses on better understanding how social factors (e.g., gender, income level), attitudinal factors (e.g., math anxiety and interest) and cognitive factors (e.g., spatial skills, strategy use) relate to students' thinking and learning in math.
Primary responsibilities include:
· Conducting literature searches
· 3.3 GPA or higher
You can complete an application here: http://tinyurl.com/ldg3e32
Please email Dr. Ganley at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
DIS opportunities in the Categorization Lab
The Categorization Lab needs DIS students for Spring 2014. We study how people learn to categorize visual objects and how knowledge about the world alters visual perception. Students will run behavioral studies and use morphing software and Adobe Illustrator to create imaginary object stimuli. Students will have the opportunity to collect electrophysiological data. We will also have a weekly lab meeting.
If you have questions, please email Dr. Jonathan Folstein: email@example.com.
Research Training Opportunity for Student Veterans
Dr. Thomas Joiner, director of the Military Suicide Research Consortium, is accepting applications for a new research training program at FAMU, FSU, and TTC for student veterans.
The focus of the initiative is to provide general research training in the social and behavioral sciences, with applications to military suicide prevention research. The commitment includes attending research skills training workshops at FSU and using those skills to contribute to ongoing research projects. There is a possibility that advanced students may be able to make more substantial contributions to supervised projects.
· Must be able to provide proof of veteran status
If interested, please email your resume or CV to Matt Michaels at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIS Opportunities in the Individual Differences in Cognition (IDCd) Lab
DIS students are needed for Fall 2014 developmental psychology research in Dr. Hart's lab, IDC. Research in the IDC lab focuses on understanding what makes people different from each other on educationally relevant outcomes (e.g., learning to read).
For the Fall semester, DIS students will primarily be doing data entry of child-level archival achievement and cognitive assessment data for Project KIDS. In addition DIS students will help with mailing questionnaires for follow-up with the parents of the children. The purpose of this project is to better understand children's response to school-based reading interventions. DIS students also will be asked to take part in a weekly lab meeting which may lead to opportunities to present and publish data from the lab.
· 3.0 or better overall GPA
Interested students may apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13l-N8ewgwKemZ9GeSH60SRYmbOYAToQmHDCU5ubqB2E/viewform
For questions email: email@example.com.
DIS Opportunity in the Kelley Lab
Dr. Colleen Kelley is accepting new DIS students in the Memory Lab. We do research on how human memory works. Topics for fall 2012 are listed below.
Retrieval Processes: Sometimes remembering is effortless, and sometimes people have to work at remembering. How do people cue themselves to remember?
Emotion and Memory: Emotion often enhances memory but it can also disrupt memory. Do the effects of emotion on memory depend on which emotion and which type of information is being remembered?
Reminding: Events in the world sometimes remind us of earlier things that have happened to us. Such reminding may play a critical role in learning. We are exploring the role of reminding in learning and memory and testing whether it allows us to avoid forgetting due to interference.
Memory Monitoring. Have you ever wondered how people know when they remember something? Have you ever had the experience of being absolutely certain you would remember something but later found out that you were wrong? This uniquely human ability to reflect on one's own memory function is called metamemory. Current projects in the lab investigate factors that influence the accuracy of people's judgments about their own future memory performance.
Minimum requirements for prospective DIS students:
1. A 3.0 GPA or higher
Research Opportunity in Applied Psychology:
How can we adapt roadways to accommodate an aging population? Do some crosswalk designs give drivers a perceptual advantage in spotting crossing pedestrians? Can we improve the safety of bicyclists?
Research assistants are needed for the Aging Driver And Pedestrian Safety research (ADAPtS) labs for the Summer and Fall 2014 semesters. This lab applies fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology in real world (and simulated) transportation environments and makes recommendations which affect policy. We also have opportunities for those seeking an Honors Thesis.
The lab boasts a Driving Simulator, a Portable Eye-Tracker, and an off-campus closed track facility.
Among the opportunities available in our lab are:
· Run driving simulations, lab, and field tasks
Please contact Rebekah Landbeck at firstname.lastname@example.org if you:
· Are motivated, reliable, and punctual
Women's Mental Health DIS:
Dr. Heather A. Flynn is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Research at the FSU College of Medicine. Her research focuses on improving identification and treatment of depression in women, especially around the time of childbearing.
Her current studies aim to document the rates of depression detection and treatment in childbearing women. In order to accomplish this, she is initiating a depression screening process and infrastructure for clinical research in health care practices serving women in the community. The overall goal of this research project is to improve the effectiveness of treatments.
Individuals working on these projects can expect to be involved in the following activities:
· conducting in-person recruitment of patients at health care sites in communities
** There are also opportunities to be involved in presentations and publication of data.
· GPA of 3.2 or higher
If interested, please contact research assistant, Jesse Mocha. E-mail: email@example.com.
Join the Cougle Lab!
Volunteer and DIS opportunities available for Fall 2014/Spring 2015.
We are looking for motivated, hard-working students who are interested in gaining research experience for graduate school.
Students are involved with research on anxiety disorders with an emphasis on:
· obsessive-compulsive disorder
· Minimum 3.5 GPA
To find out more about our research, go to: http://www.psy.fsu.edu/~couglelab/index.htm
If you are interested in applying to our lab, contact Ashleigh Harvey: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIS in Teacher Quality Research
What is good teaching and how can we prepare effective teachers? If you are interested in learning more about these issues and assisting in research projects focused on topics ranging from teacher self-regulation, preservice teacher reflection, preservice teacher self-efficacy for content-area reading instruction, online-literacy coaching interactions, to student goal-setting, then contact us! Depending on your interests and the status of particular projects, you may get experience at all steps of the research process. We also have you complete an annotated bibliography on a related research topic of your choice.
Minimum requirements for prospective DIS students:
· 3.0 GPA or higher
Apply by emailing Alysia Roehrig: email@example.com.
DIS Opportunity in Clinical Psychology in Joiner Lab
Dr. Thomas Joiner is accepting new DIS students for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013.
DIS students would have the opportunity to gain valuable experience with clinical psychology research, particularly in the understanding of suicidal behavior and associated phenomena in both student and clinical inpatient populations.
· Motivated, works well independently
If interested, please email Caroline Silva firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIS OPPORTUNITY IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY:
Dr. Ashby Plant will be accepting new DIS students for the Spring semester of 2015 starting in November 2014. All of the positions for the Fall 2014 semester have been filled at this time.
This competitive DIS opportunity offers hands-on experience conducting social psychology research as well as important support to prepare for graduate school.
Research in Dr. Plant's lab includes issues related to stereotypes and prejudice. The lab's DIS students are directly involved in conducting research on these topics. To learn more about Dr. Plant's research, visit her Web page at: http://www.psy.fsu.edu/faculty/plant.dp.html.
· GPA of 3.0
· If you are interested in a DIS in the Plant Lab, please contact Jennifer Lacosse at: email@example.com.
Looking for D.I.S. credits for
Join us in the Baumeister/Tice lab!
Check out our lab website at: http://www.psy.fsu.edu/~baumeisterticelab/dis.html for more details.
Applications will be posted online by March 17, 2014.
DIS Opportunity: Visual Attention and Training
Dr. Walter Boot is accepting new DIS students for Fall 2013. Dr. Boot's lab is examining the following questions:
· How do people find what they are looking for in visually complex environments?
In Dr. Boot's lab, you will learn how to collect, manage, and analyze data. You will learn how to track eye movements with an eyetracker. You will also learn about the latest research in the fields of visual cognition and training.
· Minimum 3.0 GPA
DIS Opportunity for Research in Attention and Literacy in Dr. Lonigan's Lab
If you enjoy interacting with and learning about the behavior of young children, then this is the DIS opportunity for you. Work will include assisting in the creation of behavioral tasks and engaging in the administration of behavioral tasks as well as measures of literacy in area preschools. It is a great chance to get experience assessing young children!
· GPA of 3.0 or higher
Research will extend from Spring 2014 to Spring 2015. Participation in more than one semester is preferred, but not required.
Three credit hours (9 hour weekly commitment). If interested, please contact Darcey Allan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIS Opportunities for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 in Dr. Phillips' Educational Psychology Early Childhood Literacy and Behavior Research Lab in the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR)
We are seeking 3-5 interested students per semester with interest in early childhood development and applied educational and psychological research. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.2. Students will assist on research projects related to language development and language intervention in grades preschool through third grade and to also assist on projects related to vocabulary instruction and approaches to learning and self-regulation in three and four year old children. Participants must be able to work in the research team location at the satellite campus at Innovation Park, home of the FCRR. Preferred students will have reliable transportation for potential work out in area schools.
Interested students should contact Dr. Phillips at email@example.com.
DIS Opportunity for Research on Bilingual Literacy Development in Children
Do you enjoy working with children and learning about child development? Are you bilingual in English and Spanish? We are looking for 6-8 students to help collect data on how children who are native Speakers of Spanish learn to read. Responsibilities will include developing implicit measures of children's vocabularies in each of their languages and administering measures of literacy skills to 1st and 2nd grade bilingual children in the greater Tallahassee area. Following data collection, responsibilities will shift towards coding and entering data.
· 3.0 GPA or higher
Research will take place from Summer 2014 to Spring 2015. Participation in more than one semester is preferred, but not required.
Three credit hours (9 hour weekly commitment). If interested, please contact Marc Goodrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIS Opportunity in Clinical Psychology!
Are you interested in gaining valuable research experience in clinical psychology? The Schmidt Lab is seeking motivated, conscientious students to join our research team. Students will be exposed to all stages of research in Clinical Psychology, with specific emphasis on anxiety disorders, including:
· Social Anxiety Disorder
Requirements: Minimum 3.5 GPA, ability to commit for 2 semesters.
For more information, contact Nicole Short: email@example.com.
DIS Opportunity in Clinical Psychology!
Are you interested in gaining valuable research experience in clinical psychology? Are you interested in learning about Electroencephalography (EEG)? The Schmidt Lab is seeking motivated, conscientious students to join our research team. Students will have the opportunity to collect electrophysiological data and work with EEG equipment, with specific emphasis on anxiety disorders, including:
· Social Anxiety Disorder
Requirements: Minimum 3.5 GPA, ability to commit for at least 2 semesters (3 or more preferred).
For more information, contact Carson Sutton: firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply, please fill out the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1srRtW39QuHDi_kNjt3RA-NLOziEvfBu06O9Lo9_vQ0U/viewform
Twin Research on Reading, Behavior, and Environment
This project involves mailed surveys to twins throughout the state of Florida. We need 4 undergraduate students for Fall 2014 to assist with scoring writing data.
· Psychology Major
Interested students may apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Md8Ao-opAJuP4FvBmkUKbav7D1PX1kgw80WZ2aN1c9s/viewform
If interested, please contact Caitlin Smith at: email@example.com.
Research on Emotion
We will be starting a new project examining non-suicidal self-injury and emotion.
We need 2 undergraduates to:
· Enter returned twin packets into a database
· Psychology major
Students must commit to one year in the lab - STARTING FALL 2014 THROUGH FALL 2015 - under the PSY 4920 research topics mechanism.
To apply, please go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IUbLncMHv14DxDDGYuFzmSnn2se0p5Xs0mnG-CqM59c/viewform
Questions? Contact Caitlin Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Florida State University Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement, under the direction of Drs. Neil Charness and Walter Boot, seeks DIS students for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters. Our projects examine how computer technology can be successfully designed and effectively taught to adults across the lifespan, with an emphasis on improving technology use and acceptance among older adults.
Benefits of enrolling in the C.R.E.A.T.E. include:
· Hands-on experience administering psychological and cognitive ability tests.
We train our DIS in every aspect of running a research project, as well as preparing them for the graduate school experience.
Requirements for enrolling:
· Minimum GPA of 3.0.
Preference will be given to students who can stay for multiple semesters! For more information, please contact Kenneth Blocker at: email@example.com