We do not anticipate taking on additional volunteer research assistants for the 2012-2013 academic year. However, our needs may change. If you feel that you would be a strong candidate (see below for details) and would like to be given consideration, please following the instructions below.
If you are thinking of pursuing graduate school in psychology or in a related discipline, you will often need several letters of recommendation. In addition, research-intensive programs will often only accept students with extensive research experience. If you are looking to gain research experience, or are just interested in developing skills and/or determining whether psychology is the right field for you, you will likely want to apply to become a volunteer research assistant.
Research assistants are exposed to several stages of the research process. RAs in our lab may be asked to help recruit and run participants, develop stimuli to be used in studies, enter or code data, conduct literature searches to be entered into our research database and/or edit pictures for our face database using PhotoShop. Students are usually matched with a graduate student within the lab and work closely with that student on a specific research project. Although the majority of our RAs are volunteers, occasionally there are also paid research assistant positions available. Depending on the required qualifications, first priority for these positions is given to students who already have research experience in the IPSC lab. In addition to gaining research experience as a volunteer RA, you might want to consider applying to become an independent study student.
Students accepted to work in the lab must be willing to devote a minimum of 5 to 10 hours (preferably consecutive hours) per week to the lab, and are expected to attend scheduled lab meetings. In addition, students should have a minimum of a "B+/A" average and should be able to work independently and as part of a team. Computer skills, experience with RefWorks and/or PhotoShop, and/or experience working with children are assets and should be highlighted in your email application. Please email Corey Lipman (email@example.com) and cc: Dr. Steele (firstname.lastname@example.org@yorku.ca). Please include a copy of your resume and unofficial transcript as email attachments.
Once we hear from you, we will be in touch to set up a time to meet if we are looking for an additional RAs with your qualifications. If there is a particular graduate student project that you are interested in working on, you might want to contact that graduate student directly to express your interest. If you have not heard back from us, and remain interested, feel free to be back in touch at the start of a new term. If you do not hear back from us after a few attempts, it is likely that all positions have been filled.
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