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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. Michael Kaschak, the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Psychology: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIS Opportunity in the Kelley Lab
Dr. Colleen Kelley is now accepting new undergraduate DIS students! Get hands-on experience conducting research in memory and cognition. Under what conditions is memory enhanced via distributed study (i.e., studying information at several different points across time)? What factors cause emotional material to be remembered better than neutral material? When retrieving memories, when is it beneficial to strategically reinstate an earlier context? How does cognitive aging affect memory? DIS students test participants in experiments, help with data management, and participate in lab meetings with discussions about on-going research in the lab and the field.
Minimum requirements for prospective DIS students:
· 3.0 GPA or higher
Apply by emailing the lab at email@example.com.
DIS Opportunities in the Cognitive and Affective
The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (CAN) laboratory is recruiting motivated and reliable undergraduate students to assist research team with their research projects.
The CANLab focuses on the research of the psychological and neural underpinnings of emotion processing and emotion-cognition interactions. We apply multiple approaches and methodologies, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), event-related potentials (ERPs), autonomic physiology and sensory psychophysics, to understand basic cognitive and affective mechanisms in emotion processing. Ongoing research includes studies on:
· Enhanced olfactory sensory perception of threat in anxiety;
The goal of the DIS of CANLab is to provide students a unique set of substantial experimental skills, critical thinking, and a wealth of experience and guidance. Under direct supervision of the Director or staff, student research assistants will be trained to:
· Recruit experiment participants;
· Able to commit to two consecutive semesters;
Interested students should email their CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a brief letter of interest to CANLab at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIS in the Learning, Memory, and Language Lab
The Learning, Memory, and Language lab explores different aspects of language learning, language comprehension, and language production. We are interested in addressing questions about how we get meaning from language, how our language patterns change as a function of the behavior of other people, and how cognitive capacities (such as memory) shape the way we use language. DIS students help us develop and run experiments, and attend lab meetings where we discuss our research. Applicants should have a GPA > 3.0, and be willing to commit two semesters to the lab.
Interested students should contact Dr. Michael Kaschak (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 3 consecutive semesters (e.g., Fall-Spring-Summer, or Fall-Spring-Fall).
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 and Cognitive Development Laboratory:
Have you ever wondered how we learn language? The Language and Cognitive Development laboratory explores the cognitive foundations of language comprehension and learning in children and adults.
DIS students in this lab have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of tasks including: carrying out behavioral and eye-tracking studies with adults and children, developing child-friendly visual and experimental stimuli, data-coding and entry, and recruiting families in the community. All DIS students are expected to participate in a weekly lab meeting that consists of discussion of current projects and some readings.
We are looking for serious students who are enthusiastic about learning about language development. You should be conscientious, punctual, and have strong interpersonal and technical skills. Students who have an interest in pursuing careers in cognitive or developmental research, speech and language pathology, educational and related areas make the best match for these positions.
Minimum requirements are:
· 3.3 GPA or higher
Please contact Dr. Arielle Borovsky at: email@example.com for more information.
You can complete an application here: http://tinyurl.com/lntfujv
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.
Social Exclusion and Suicidal Behavior: The Biological Role of Oxytocin
Joiner Lab is conducting a study on the role of oxytocin in the relationship between social exclusion and suicidal behavior. We are looking for research assistants who are trained in phlebotomy (don't have to be certified) and willing to help conduct this research starting this Fall 2015 (approx. 3-6 hours per week). You will have the opportunity to gain experience in conducting scientific research, analyzing biological specimen, and practicing phlebotomy. This is a paid research opportunity.
Please contact Carol Chu at email@example.com for more information.
RESEARCH ON EATING DISORDERS
Dr. Pamela Keel is accepting new DIS students for Fall 2016.
Research projects focus on eating disorders and body image. Students gain research experience in ongoing projects and can develop their own independent projects. Positions are ideal for students interested in applying to graduate school in clinical psychology.
Responsibilities in the lab may include:
· Data entry
· GPA of 3.5 or higher
Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Maternal Health Research and Community Engagement Program
The Maternal Health Research and Community Engagement Program under the leadership of Dr. Heather Flynn is now accepting motivated and reliable undergraduate students to assist with our research activities.
The goal of the Maternal Health Research and Community Engagement Program is to improve detection, treatment, and prevention of perinatal depression and related mental health disorders. Our research projects involve partnering with community agencies to raise awareness and provide screenings for mothers and caregivers of young children, participation in community meetings and events, administration of depression and anxiety screenings in various local clinics, and work with studying the mental health of parents whose children are in the State of Florida's child welfare system. The DIS will be a mix of community meetings, collection of measures in clinic and community settings, data entry, and all other aspects of the research. Students who stay on for 2 semesters or more have the chance to do their own presentation or publication.
· 3.2 GPA or higher
For more information, please contact Sarah McElhaney, email@example.com.
Expert Performance Laboratory (Cognitive Area) – K. Anders Ericsson Lab
The Ericsson Lab is looking for motivated individuals who have a general interest in expertise and skilled performance. Our lab is primarily involved in research on high-level performers and the mechanisms that mediate their skill. Examples of our previous and current research areas include deliberate practice, intelligence, memory, verbal reports, and problem solving. Work in the lab involves data entry & collection, transcription of verbal report protocols, periodic lab meetings, and discussion of relevant research areas.
At least a 3.0 Cumulative GPA and Sophomore standing
If you are interested, please send a CV or resume to Tyler Towne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIS Opportunities in the ADAPtS Lab - Dr. Charness
The ADAPtS Lab is accepting new DIS students for Fall 2016. We are looking for hard-working students who are interested in gaining research experience for grad school. Our lab focuses on driving and pedestrian safety research and conducts a variety of tests including using a driving simulator.
Minimum Requirements are:
· 3.2 GPA
Join the Cougle Lab!
Volunteer and DIS opportunities available for Spring/Summer 2017.
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, please visit: http://www.psy.fsu.edu/~couglelab/index.htm
If you are interested in applying to our lab, contact Sarah O.: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIS OPPORTUNITY IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY:
Dr. Ashby Plant will be accepting applications to be a DIS in her lab for the following semesters during the times designated below.
Summer 2016 - Late February – March 31st
Fall 2016 - Late February – March 31st
Spring 2017 - October 1st – October 31st
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 during the dates listed above at: email@example.com.
DIS Opportunity in Clinical Psychology and Neurophysiological Research!
Are you interested in gaining valuable research experience in clinical psychology? Are you interested in learning about Electroencephalography (EEG) research? The Schmidt Lab is seeking motivated, conscientious students to join our research team as either clinical or neurophysiology DIS. 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 at least 2 semesters for clinical and preferably longer for EEG.
For more information, contact Brittany Mathes firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note in your email if you are specifically interested in getting involved in neurophysiological research.
DIS Opportunity with the Taylor Lab
The Taylor Lab is looking for motivated undergraduate students for summer 2016 to assist with data collection and data entry. Current research includes studies on:
· Mood's role on pain tolerance in an NSSI population
· Psychology or other related major (e.g. Biology)
Interested students may apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IUbLncMHv14DxDDGYuFzmSnn2se0p5Xs0mnG-CqM59c/viewform
Questions? Contact Aubrey Francavilla at: email@example.com.
Twin Research on Reading, Behavior, and Environment
This project involves mailed surveys to twins throughout the state of Florida.
We need 4 undergraduates for Summer 2016 to:
· Enter returned twin packets into a database
· Psychology major
Interested students may apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Md8Ao-opAJuP4FvBmkUKbav7D1PX1kgw80WZ2aN1c9s/viewform
For questions, please contact Aubrey Francavilla at: 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 Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016 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 Thomas Vitale at: email@example.com
Visual Attention and Gaming Lab
Dr. Walter Boot is now accepting new undergraduate DIS students! In this lab, you will have the opportunity to conduct research in order to better understand visual attention and other processes of cognition. Visual attention is very important for our understanding of when attention is captured (when we get distracted). Our lab uses eye-tracking to best determine where our visual attention is in many different behavioral tasks. You will gain experience with several methodologies we use, as well as with inputting and handling data.
Currently, we are working on several different projects, including:
· Luggage Screening with the TSA
Our lab's minimum requirements for prospective DIS students are:
· Sophomore, Junior, or Senior class standing
DIS Students are encouraged to participate for at least two semesters to get the most out of the experience.
Prospective students are asked to fill out an application at the link below. You will contacted for an interview after your application is reviewed: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aCrrddF2-R3syVELNX6w3MasY0eVIkJVuXyUPIf5rTU/viewform?usp=send_form
For questions, please contact Nelson Roque at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIS Opportunity at Florida Center for Reading Research
DIS students are needed for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 research at the Florida Center for Reading Research. The focus of the DIS will be on shadowing FCRR Research staff and experiencing the various tasks associated with the management of a large scale research project. Current projects include the instruction/development of standardized assessments that focus on reading comprehension as well as interventions targeted toward behavior and early childhood literacy outcomes. For the Fall and Spring semester, DIS students will primarily be doing data entry of child-level assessment data for the Reading for Understanding Project. The purpose of this project is to better understand children's response to school-based reading interventions. DIS students will also be asked to participate in administrative tasks to include organizing, cataloging, and filing child-level assessment data.
There is a possibility that advanced students may be able to make more substantial contributions (Participating in Assessments or Observations) to supervised projects.
· Minimum 3.0 GPA
If interested, please email your resume to Jonathan Klepper at: email@example.com