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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

We only look for volunteers who can commit for the long haul (~2 years or into graduate school).

Duties

Throughout the year the Raz Lab offers a number of positions for undergraduates; these fall into three categories:

Some positions primarily involve recruiting, scheduling, and testing participants in studies, data entry and processing, and library research, but sometimes incorporate stimulus creation, experiment implementation, and data analysis, depending on the needs of a project and the background of the student. During term-time (September through May), we look for about 10-15 hr/wk commitment for this type of position, and in the summer a 20-35 hr/wk commitment. Students can spend most of their time working on assignment for a senior lab member (a fulltime Research Assistant, Grad Student, or Post-Doc), or they can work under the general supervision of the Laboratory Manager, but may be assigned to carry out specific tasks for other lab staff.

Other positions are more suitable for someone just starting out in the field (e.g., first-years), and involves filing, photocopying, backing up computers, basic laboratory maintenance, subject recruitment and screening. During the term-time we look for a 5-10 hr/wk commitment, and during the summer a 10-15 hr/wk commitment. Beginner-level tasks include retrieving research articles from online journals or McGill libraries; designing, printing, and hanging recruitment posters around campus; conducting telephone screening interviews with participants; helping schedule participants for different studies; backing up and updating computers in the lab; keeping the lab forms up to date; and other such tasks. Higher-level duties may include testing participants in behavioural studies; assisting in the testing of participants in neuroimaging studies; data entry and processing. Experienced students with good computer skills may assist in stimulus creation (using programs such as Adobe Illustrator and/or Adobe Photoshop, or Microsoft PowerPoint) and implementing experiments on the computer (using programs like PsyScope for the Mac or E-Prime for Windows) and data analysis (using programs such as Excel or SAS). Occasionally these students may become so involved in a project that they assist in the experimental design, interpretation of results, and publication (but the latter is usually the result of quality work spanning two or more years in the lab).

Advanced undergraduates (those with a background in cognitive psychology and/or neuroscience as well as statistics, and who demonstrate superior research skills) may be eligible to enrol in a specific course, either honours or independent research.

Who should apply?

Undergraduate students who are interested in the topics presented in this website, covered in PSYC410 or a different course that I teach, or otherwise associated with my research trajectory. All projects require interaction with strangers (research participants), so applicants should have good social skills. Research projects will require keeping track of a number of different components and obligations, so applicants should be very organized and reliable. Desirable background for Research Aides would include the following: coursework in cognitive and experimental psychology, basic computer skills, and some previous research experience (even if just a class project). Experience with PsyScope, E-Prime, and/or SAS/SPSS is a plus. Programming experience in any language is a plus. Engineering skill or technical know-how is a plus.

Exhibiting knowledge of our research will help you in your application. Please browse our website, and familiarize yourself with some of our recent publications and ongoing projects.

To apply

Please submit a CV, unofficial transcript and cover letter to raquel.roth@mail.mcgill.ca, containing all of the following information: