Campus Research Opportunity Postings (CROP)

Research Opportunities

Cognitive science laboratory: Research assistantship opportunity


Our laboratory studies basic (i.e., simple) learning and memory with a focus on how forgetting can be decreased and increased as desired. We are currently accepting applications for positions as undergraduate research assistants. The research is done by examining the behavior of human subjects, in a campus laboratory setting. Much of our work is done in collaboration with researchers in France, England, and at other American universities. New undergraduate research assistants first receive about a month of orientation and training. They then assist advanced students for some months, and finally, students choosing to do so, conduct their own experiments. In addition to conducting research, students attend weekly lab meetings and biweekly paper discussion sessions. Students gain research experience including experimental design and data analysis, knowledge concerning basic cognition, and a source of detailed personalized letters of recommendation. Most undergraduate assistants earn authorships on professional conference presentations and many earn authorships on published papers in professional journals. Some students also sign up to receive course credit. Our undergraduate research assistants usually go on to graduate school in some aspect of psychology or the health sciences. A commitment of at least 11 hours/week is expected; most students who enter the lab stay on until they graduate. Working in our laboratory calls for a large investment in time and effort, but our undergraduate assistants ordinarily receive a large return on their investment in terms of training and career advancement. We are looking for applicants who are currently sophomores (occasionally we consider freshman), have a GPA of at least 3.6, and want to start in the lab at the beginning of their junior (or sophomore) year in August. To learn more about the benefits and obligations of such a position, request an appointment (via Zoom or in-person) by e-mailing Ralph Miller at stating your major, GPA, and anticipated date of graduation. We are accepting inquiries starting immediately and ending around April 30th.

Faculty Advisor: Ralph Miller, Distinguished Professor

Academic Department: Psychology


Classification: Volunteer

Position Availability:

  • Fall


  • Junior

Appropriate Major(s):

  • All Majors

Minimum GPA (if applicable): 3.6

Pre-requisite coursework/experience: Experience with computer programming is preferred but not required.

Application Deadline: April 30

Application Procedure:

To learn more about these positions, request an appointment (via Zoom or in-person) by e-mailing Ralph Miller at stating your major, GPA, and anticipated date of graduation.