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Undergraduate Research, Internships & Fellowships

UNDERGRADUATE RESEACH ~ A "HOW TO" GUIDE

As an undergraduate psychology student at Carnegie Mellon University, you will find that the study of human behavior is a science that is very much alive. At CMU, the psychology faculty actively pursues research on human behavior with rigorous methodology, a concern for underlying processes and biological foundations, and precise, often quantitative, description.
A key feature of our undergraduate program is student research. Majors take two classes in research methods. Many students perform research by working in a faculty lab, taking an independent course for credit, doing a senior honors project, or volunteering to work with a graduate student. To help fund their research efforts, our students frequently receive university undergraduate research grants, and they are also major contributors to the spring undergraduate research symposium "Meeting of the Minds" In addition, our undergraduates have been very active in attending professional conferences and presenting research there. In short, we are very encouraging toward undergraduate research!
So, how can you experience first-hand the excitement of research? There are many opportunities available in our department, on campus, and in Pittsburgh in general. To help you sift through the information, we have highlighted some of the available programs here.

Intramural Research Opportunities
Extramural Research Opportunities


These opportunities are not the only way to get involved in research. Another is to look for a faculty mentor. To help you in this endeavor, we have put together a Practical Guide for Getting Involved in Research (link to text below with this header) that outlines the steps you should take to prepare for undergraduate research.

Click here for a practical guide for getting involved in research





INTRAMURAL RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Current Openings:
Freshman and sophomores are eligible to receive course credit for participating in
research by registering for 85-198 with certain faculty advisors. This is an excellent
means of getting involved in research early in your academic career.
For more information, see the schedule of classes to see 85-198 offerings.
http://www.cmu.edu/hub/online_services.html
Faculty and graduate students sometimes post "want ads" for undergraduate
research assistants as flyers in the department corridors or electronically on the
Training & Employment area of the department website.
Each summer, the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh (CNUP)
sponsors a 10-week program in which selected undergraduate students conduct
independent research under the guidance of individual CNUP training faculty.
Information on this competitive fellowship can be found on the CNUP website:
http://cnup.neurobio.pitt.edu
The H&SS Advising Center maintains a website with information on
undergraduate scholarship, study-abroad, and internship opportunities:
http://www.hss.cmu.edu/scholarships.html
The Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) of Carnegie Mellon has a variety of
programs that support undergraduates in all academic disciplines across the university
who want to pursue research projects. The URI awards undergraduate researchers small
grants to cover research expenses, offers summer stipends for full-time research during
the summer and provides funds to offset expenses of presenting research at an
academic conference. The URI also offers support services to help students write
grants, find appropriate mentors, and apply to professional conferences and an on-going
seminar series, in order to help build a sense of community among students on campus
who are engaged in research. See the URI website for details and deadlines.
Each year, the URI organizes a campus-wide event called "Meeting of the Minds"
This celebration of undergraduate research is held on the spring reading day each May.
Psychology students are well represented at this conference and several of our students
have won prestigious awards for presentation of their research.
The H&SS Senior Honors Thesis program provides an opportunity for the college's
most accomplished and promising seniors to work independently, with the close
guidance of a faculty member, in the design and completion of a year-long scholarly
or creative project. The "Honors Program Experience" was conceived as an integrative
and particularly fulfilling capstone for student participants, as well as a vehicle for
creating a distinguished scholarly and creative undergraduate student community.
In addition to the experiences that this provides for senior participants, the program
also provides an attractive academic goal for H&SS freshman, sophomores and juniors.
The H&SS Advising Center has information on program eligibility. For further information
about the program, visit the H&SS Senior Honors Thesis program website.





EXTRAMURAL RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Current Openings:
2014 Fulbright UK Summer Institutes
Students may now choose from *nine* different Institutes, across twelve host locations,
in each of the four countries that comprise the United Kingdom. More information on
each Institute can be found on our website
http://www.fulbright.org.uk/fulbright-awards/exchanges-to-the-uk/undergraduates
The deadline to apply is 27 February 2014 or 6 March 2014, depending on the particular
institute.Case studies of previous participants may be found online-look for Summer
Institute participants: http://www.fulbright.org.uk/about/meet-our-fulbrighters.

We will provide additional information in the coming months.
AIFS Summer Institute at Shakespeare's Globe
Durham University Summer Institute
King's College London Summer Institute
Nottingham Trent University Summer Institute
Queen's University Belfast Summer Institute
Scotland Summer Institute
University of Bristol Summer Institute
University of Exeter Summer Institute
Wales Summer Institute


York CVR Vision Science Summer School
The Centre for Vision Research (CVR) at York University offers a one-week,
all-expenses-paid undergraduate summer school on vision science. This year's
program will be held June 16-20, 2014.

The program includes talks by CVR faculty members on current research topics in
vision science, as well as hands-on demonstrations in CVR laboratories. The curriculum
reflects the wide range of research areas at CVR, which includes basic research on
vision in humans and animals, covering both neuroscience and behaviour, as well as
applied topics such as computer vision, virtual reality, visual perception in
low-gravity environments, and vision in clinical populations. For an idea of the
topics to be covered, see last year's schedule at www.yorku.ca/cvrss/schedule2013.pdf.


The program will accept 24 undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a
career in scientific research. It is intended mainly for students who are planning
to apply to graduate school in the fall of 2014 for admission in 2015, and who are
interested in investigating vision science as a possible area of research. Both
Canadian and international students are encouraged to apply.

The program provides on-campus accommodations, breakfast and lunch each day, and
reimbursement for transportation costs.

Application instructions are available on the summer school website,
www.yorku.ca/cvrss. The application deadline is February 1, 2014, and applicants
will be notified of decisions by March 1, 2014.

For further information, see the summer school website, www.yorku.ca/cvrss, or write
to Dr. Richard Murray (rfm@yorku.ca) or Dr. Jennifer Steeves (steeves@yorku.ca).

Poster available at www.yorku.ca/cvrss/poster2014.pdf.

AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
The American Psychological Association (APA) maintains an undergraduate research
website with information on summer research experiences and research awards:
http://www.apa.org/education/undergrad/research-opps.aspx
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION -
RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students
through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites program.
An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research
programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research
project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students
are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.
Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent
residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US
or foreign location and is typically active in the summer months. For more information
on the NSF REU sites relevant to the psychological research, browse the NSF website
for REU programs in the social and biological sciences:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517&from=fund
APA Summer Research Program - (Posted: 12/13/2009 MB)
Undergraduates Encouraged to Apply for APA Summer Research Program.
The APA Science Directorate is pleased to announce that the application period for
the 2010 Summer Science Fellowships (SSF) will open in December. The SSF aims to
immerse advanced undergraduate students in the science of psychology by exposing
them to the excitement and promise of the best of psychological science.
Our principal objective is to prepare these students for the rigors of graduate
study in psychological science.
http://www.apa.org/science/about/psa/2009/12/ssf.aspx
APA Summer Research Opportunity for Undergraduates -
(Posted: 1/12/2010 TK) Applications Available. DEADLINE: February 15, 2010.
The APA Science Directorate is pleased to announce a partnership with the George
Mason University Department of Psychology to host the 2010 Summer Science
Fellowship (SSF). SSF aims to immerse advanced undergraduate students in the
science of psychology by exposing them to the excitement and promise of the
best of psychological science. Our principal objective is to inform these
students about the science of psychology and its promise for the future, and
help prepare them for the rigors of graduate study in psychological science.
Click here for more information.
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - (Posted: 1/12/2010 TK)
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health
(NIH), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Section on Bipolar Spectrum
Disorders (BSD), in Bethesda, MD, seeks qualified individuals to fill Research
Assistant positions, with employment starting June 2010. BSD conducts research
on the pathophysiology, treatment and prevention of mental illness, which begins
in childhood. Our particular research interest involves the investigation of
pediatric Bipolar Affective Disorder and severe irritability in youth.
Click here for the Recruitment Flyer
Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity at Yale University:
The Yale Cognition and Development Lab, under the direction of Professor Frank Keil,
announces the opportunity for undergraduates to participate in the lab's annual
Summer Research Internship. This 9-week Internship involves hands-on research
experience and training in the fields of cognitive psychology and developmental
psychology. Click here for more information. (Posted: 1/13/2010 TK)
UCLA Psychology Undergradate Research Conference Call-for-Papers:
Announcing the application deadline for the 2010 UCLA Psychology Undergraduate
Research Conference. PURC will be on Friday, May 14th, 2010 at UCLA and will
showcase approximately 100 undergraduate psychology research projects in
poster and paper talk sessions. The application and details are available at
http://purc.psych.ucla.edu. Questions? contact-- bejarano@psych.ucla.edu
Click here for more information. (Posted: 1/19/2010 KK)
NYU Child Study Center, Institute for Pediatric Neuroscience
Applications are currently being invited for multiple 2-year research assistantship
positions available at the NYU Child Study Center starting in the summer of 2010.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 2/3/2010 TK)
Summer Internship, The Johns Hopkins Laboratory for Child Development
The Johns Hopkins Laboratory for Child Development, directed by Dr. Lisa Feigenson
and Dr. Justin Halberda, studies how young children perceive and think about the
world around them. We use a variety of methods to investigate early knowledge,
including measuring infants' looking time to various scenes, measuring children's
reaching for hidden objects, and measuring children's choices in simple experimental
games. Click here for more information. (Posted: 2/3/2010 TK)
SURG/SURF Proposals: DEADLINE March 24th
$3500 SUMMER 2010 Fellowships ~ $500/$1000 Summer and Fall 2010 SURG
Click here for more information. (Posted: 2/5/2010 KK)
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute - Philadelphia, PA
Full-time Research Assistant (and possibly Lab Manager) positions.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 2/22/2010 LH)
Research Assistant/Lab Manager
Computational Psychiatry Unit
Dept of Neuroscience and Menninger Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX
Click here for more information. (Posted: 4/5/2010 TK)
Summer Internship:
Psychology Department at Florida International University (FIU)

The Center for Children and Families (CCF) in the Psychology Department at Florida
International University (FIU), announces positions for summer internships for
undergraduate students and recent graduates in the Summer Treatment Program (STP)
for children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder
(CD) or Oppositional-Defiant Disorder (ODD).
Click here for more information. (Posted: 4/12/2010 KK)
Research Assistant Position
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Suicide Prevention In Primary Care
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is looking for a full time Research Assistant to
work on a community based suicide prevention project focused on screening and
referrals for adolescents presenting with suicidal thoughts in primary care.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 4/19/2010 TK)
Full-Time Research Assistant Position
Visual Attention Lab, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Cambridge, MA

We conduct psychophysical/behavioral research primarily in the area of visual attention.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 4/22/2010 TK)
Research Specialist
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC)

A new position is available in the Families, Emotions, Neuroscience & Development Lab
at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) at the University of Pittsburgh
Click here for more information. (Posted: 4/22/2010 TK)
Research Associate Position
Affective Neuroscience Laboratory of Dr. Golnaz Tabibnia

Department of Social and Decision Sciences ~ Carnegie Mellon University
Click here for more information. (Posted: 4/28/2010 KK)
Research Assistant/Lab Technician
Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester, Rochester NY
Click here for more information. (Posted: 5/7/2010 KK/TK)
Master's Program in Experimental Psychology (Saint Joseph's University)
Virtual (Online) Open House on Tuesday, November 2nd,
Click here for more information. (Posted: 10/25/2010 KK/tc)
York University-MITACS Vision Science Summer School
The Centre for Vision Research (CVR) at York University offers a one-week,
all-expenses-paid undergraduate summer school on vision science.
This year's program will be held May 15-20, 2011.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 11/2/2010 MB/tc)
Paid Student research assistant ~ Disney Research Laboratory
The research is supervised by Professor Roberta Klatzky in Psychology,
in collaboration with Ali Israr at Disney Research. The position is paid.
Applicants may send a brief self-description and the name of a faculty reference to:
israr@disneyresearch.com. Click here for more information.
(Posted: 11/4/2010 RK/tc)
Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity:
Funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Click here for more information. (Posted: 11/8/2010 KK/tc)
University of Rochester - (Posted: 12/2/2010 KK)
Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Vision Science
June 1-July 31, 2011
The Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester announces its 2011
Summer Research Fellowship Program in Vision Science. Undergraduates in their junior
(3rd) year during the 2010-2011 academic year of baccalaureate studies interested in
neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and biomedical science are
invited to join the Center for Visual Science for a summer of supervised laboratory
training. Applicants will be selected based on academic achievements and an interest
in pursuing graduate studies in science.
*Both US and foreign applications will be accepted.*
More information and electronic application can be found at:
http://www.cvs.rochester.edu/ug_fellowship.html
Research Assistant Position - Dept of Psychology, Princeton University
A position as a Research Assistant is available in the laboratory of Dr. Matthew
Botvinick, in the Department of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at
Princeton University. Research in the lab employs functional neuroimaging, behavioral
methods and computational modeling to understand basic cognitive functions, including
cognitive control, working memory, action programming, and language processing.
The position will begin in the summer of 2011. A commitment of two years is required.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 12/17/2010 KK/tc)
Summer Undergraduate Research Internships
West Virginia University Center for Neuroscience
Click here for more information. (Posted: 12/21/2010 KK/tc)
York University-MITACS Vision Science Summer School
The Centre for Vision Research (CVR) at York University offers a one-week,
all-expenses-paid undergraduate summer school on vision science.
This year's program will be held May 15-20, 2011.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 1/7/2011 MB/tc)
2011 UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference
PURC will be on Friday, May 6th, 2011 at UCLA and will showcase approximately 100
undergraduate psychology research projects in poster and paper talk sessions.
Students must submit the application and fees online by February 25th, 2011.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 1/7/2011 MB/tc)
Johns Hopkins Laboratory For Child Development Summer Internship
The Johns Hopkins Laboratory for Child Development, directed by Dr. Lisa Feigenson
and Dr. Justin Halberda, studies how young children perceive and think about the
world around them. Click here for more information. (Posted: 1/13/2011 TK/tc)
University of Maryland, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
The University of Maryland, College Park, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
is sponsoring am 8-week summer research program aimed primarily at undergraduates
who are members of groups that are under-represented in the social and behavioral
sciences. Click here for more information. (Posted: 1/20/2011 TK/tc)
CELEST 10-week summer undergraduate lab intern program
The program specifically targets females and others who are members of groups
under-represented in the sciences. The application deadline is February 28.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 1/24/2011 KK/tc)
(MURAP) Paid Summer Internship Opportunity
The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) invites applications
for a ten-week paid summer research internship for undergraduate students
(rising juniors or seniors). The program will be held from May 22-July 28, 2011
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 1/25/2011 KK/tc)
Paid Summer Internship
Intelligent Tutoring System for Learning Fractions
Click here for more information. (Posted: 1/31/2011 TC)
Lab Coordinator
Psychology Department, University of Nevada, las Vegas
(The Auditory Cognition and Development Lab)
Click here for more information. (Posted: 2/4/2011 TK)
Stanford University Summer Workshop
Summer Workshop on Cognitive Science/Neuroscience and the Humanities
25 July – 5 August 2011
Click here for more information. (Posted: 2/8/2011 MT)
Research Assistant Positions
NYU Child Study Center, Institute for Pediatric Neuroscience
Click here for more information. (Posted: 2/9/2011 KK)
Call For Abstracts -Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference
Friday, May 20th 2011 – Saturday, May 21st 2011
Abstracts must be submitted online by Sunday, March 20th 2011.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 2/11/2011 KK)
Educational Testing Service (ets) (GRE, TOEFL tests)
ETS has five open positions for cognitive/learning scientists to work on
our K-12 assessment research program.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 2/11/2011 KK)
Student Researcher Positions
The New England Complex Systems Institute offers funding for college graduates who
would like to engage in a year or two of research before beginning a PhD program.
Students with a background in physics, mathematics and computers science, who are
interested in becoming complex systems science researchers, particularly in social
and economic topics are particularly encouraged to apply.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 2/14/2011 KK)
Two-year postdoctoral training program,
The Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the University of Oregon (UO),
in collaboration with Oregon Research Institute (ORI), invites applications to a two-year
postdoctoral training program – Preparing Education Scientists: Emphasizing Rigorous
Research on Systems-Level Prevention and Remediation of Academic and Behavioral
Problems – funded by the Institute for Educational Sciences (IES).
Click here for more information. (Posted: 2/16/2011 DK)
Research Assistant Position in Cognitive Neuroscience
The Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of
California Davis, led by Dr. Cameron Carter. Summer or Fall of 2011.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 2/19/2011 KK)
Full-Time Research Assistant Position Available
Yale University Cognition And Development Lab.
Conduct research-related tasks for projects on cognition and development in
preschoolers, school-age children, and adults.
Click here for more information. (Posted: 2/23/2011 TK)
Lab Manager and Post-Doc Positions at Vanderbilt
Prof. Bethany Rittle-Johnson has two positions available in her Children’s Learning Lab
in the Psychology and Human Development Department at Peabody College,
Vanderbilt University. Click here for more information. (Posted: 3/21/2011 DK)