Campus Research Opportunity Postings (CROP)

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate research assistant in learning and memory laboratory


Cognitive science laboratory still functioning and still recruiting undergraduate research assistants despite covid-19 epidemic:
Our laboratory studies basic (i.e., simple) learning and memory with a focus on the 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 using human subjects on the internet and, when the campus reopens, 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, which are held via Skype or Zoom when the campus is closed for health reasons. Students gain research experience including experimental design and data analysis, knowledge concerning basic cognition, and a source of detailed personalized letters of recommendation. Some undergraduate assistants earn authorships on published papers and professional conference presentations. Students sometimes 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 for two semesters 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 sophomores, have a GPA of at least 3.4, and want to start in the lab at the beginning of their junior year in August. To arrange for an appointment (via Skype, Zoom, or telephone when necessary) to learn more, e-mail Ralph Miller at stating your major, GPA, and anticipated date of graduation.

Faculty Advisor: Ralph R Miller, Distinguished Professor

Academic Department: Psychology


Classification: Volunteer

Position Availability:

  • Spring
  • Fall


  • Sophomore

Appropriate Major(s):

  • All Majors

Minimum GPA (if applicable): 3.4

Pre-requisite coursework/experience: Some experience with programming would be useful, but is not essential as students can learn the basics in our laboratory. Sophomore (or freshman) from most any major are eligible. Most of our research assistants are STEM majors.

Application Deadline: 8/12/2020

Application Procedure:

e-mail Ralph Miller at concerning your interest, stating your major, GPA, and anticipated date of graduation.