Research Assistants

 

General RA Information

The typical RA spends 6-9 hours in the lab for 3 hours of PSY 5993 credit. Committed volunteers are also welcome. RAs are expected to participate in lab meetings (typically biweekly) that involve discussions of current research in the field, professional development, and other topics relevant to psychology, careers, and future education with a degree in psychology. At the end of the PSY 5993 experience, most RAs are eligible to receive a letter of recommendation from the lab when applying to graduate school or related jobs.

We typically accept applications for new RAs in April/May (for the summer term), August/September (for the fall semester), and November/December (for the spring semester). Announcements for new applications will all be posted to this website and shared in Psych Scoop. 

If you have questions, please email Jami Eller (eller091@umn.edu).

 

Follow the link below for the Spring 2020 Social Interactions Lab RA Application: 

https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6kTOGhXkFlNoNBH

 

 

Spring 2020 Social Interactions Lab Projects

Co-Parenting Study

We are seeking enthusiastic, conscientious, and detail-oriented students to work in Dr. Jeff Simpson’s Social Interactions Lab in the spring of 2020. We will be collecting data (e. g., running participants) from parents and their child (age 3-5) on a project about differences in parenting behaviors. Because we have many community participants, we have to be flexible in scheduling the lab sessions. That means sometimes working on nights or weekends, and the schedule will change from week to week (but sessions are scheduled around your availability). Successful applicants will have multiple chunks of 3+ hours available per week. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week. Preference will be given to students that are able to commit for more than one semester.

 

Health and Relationships Study

The Social Interaction Lab is looking for a small team of conscientious, detail-oriented research assistants to help with a daily diary study examining health-related social exchanges in romantic couples. Research assistants will help recruit participants, train participants in how to use the daily diary survey technology, code participants' diary responses for different relational themes and behaviors, and will participate in various tasks to support data analysis. RAs will gain experience in how to run longitudinal studies with daily assessments that involve romantic couples. RAs will also be expected to attend bi-weekly lab meetings, where they will learn more about social psychological research and careers in psychology.

 

Friendship Study

We are looking for conscientious undergraduate students to help with a coding project over the spring semester for the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation (MLSRA). Students will be coding the friendship portion of the 23 year relationship interview for certain friendship themes and more. Students will be expected to commit to 9 hours of work per week over the spring semester. This includes attending a weekly meeting for reliability checks. Prior experience with coding is preferred but not required.

 

Story Telling Study

We are seeking dedicated, conscientious, and detail-oriented students to work in Dr. Jeff Simpson’s Social Interactions Lab in the spring of 2020. We will be listening to, transcribing (e.g., writing out into text), and coding oral stories told by parents. Successful applicants will be self-motivated, detail oriented, and interested in understanding relationship processes. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week. Preference will be given to students that are able to commit for more than one semester.

 

General Support Team

We are seeking hard working and high adaptive students to work in Dr. Jeff Simpson’s Social Interactions Lab in the spring of 2020. We are interested in hiring a group of diverse RAs that can serve as a general support team across the entire lab. These RAs will help in a variety of projects to fill in gaps as need be. Successful applications will be able to adjust to new surroundings and tasks easily, be interested in a wide-array of topics about relationships, be able to socially interactions with diverse groups of people, and have a strong desire to continue on with research long-term. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week. Preference will be given to students that are able to commit for more than one semester.