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Research Opportunities


Take advantage of the different kinds of academic experiences the Department offers by becoming an active member of our intellectual community.

  • Get to know the faculty. Our faculty is accessible to undergraduates, but you must seek them out. Doing so is worth the effort. Professors often serve as unofficial advisors and provide letters of recommendation for jobs or graduate programs.
  • One of the best ways to get to know the faculty is get involved in one of our research labs early in your undergraduate career.
  • Work with a faculty member as a research assistant, or take an independent study course.
  • Get to know some of the graduate students, many of whom you will meet as Teaching Assistants or Teaching Fellows or by taking advanced courses. Graduate students can give you advice about applying to graduate school.
  • Undergraduates are welcome at our colloquia; see the calendar of invited speakers.

Earn Money or Research Credits

Interested in contributing to scientific research and earning money at the same time? The Psychology Department at Boston College frequently conducts research studies on a variety of topics. Find a list of active studies or read about our research credit system through the Research Participation Credits page, or visit a lab page to see current studies.

Lab Positions

Dr. Larisa Heiphetz, a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Liane Young’s Morality Lab, is looking for motivated and enthusiastic volunteers interested in social, cognitive, and/or developmental psychology who would like to be research assistants in our lab for Summer 2015. Our lab is located on the Chestnut Hill Campus in McGuinn Hall. Research assistants volunteer for the first semester and then become eligible to receive Independent Study credit. This is a great opportunity for people looking to gain valuable research experience and to expand their knowledge in the fields of morality, religious cognition, and/or child development. Research assistants will work on projects investigating questions such as: How do children learn to reason about morality and religion? and, How is morality similar to and different from other kinds of beliefs that people have? We are looking for assistance with all aspects of the research process, including study design; data collection, coding, and entry; literature review; and much more. Research assistants will also have the opportunity to collect data off-site at the Boston Children’s Museum and/or the Acton Discovery Museums. Summer positions can be either part time (10-15 hours per week) or full time (35-40 hours per week). If you would like to join our lab or have questions, feel free to contact Larisa Heiphetz at Please include a CV or resume, a brief paragraph about why you would like to work in the Morality Lab, and your likely schedule for the summer (i.e., your anticipated start and end dates, whether you want to work part time or full time and, if part time, which hours you would be available). Because there will be opportunities for data collection in Acton, please also indicate whether you would be willing and able to drive and/or take the commuter rail there once or twice a week (the lab will reimburse travel expenses).