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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

The Language Learning Lab, led by Prof. Joshua Hartshorne, is seeking undergraduate research assistants for Fall 2017. The lab employs interdisciplinary methods to study various aspects of language learning. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our research, we are seeking undergraduates with a wide range of interests and experience.

1. We are looking for one to two undergraduates who have experience working with children to help run studies at local museums with children of varying ages. Students who desire hands-on experience working with kids and running studies are encouraged to apply here. This position requires large blocks of availability and willingness to work on the weekends.

2. We are looking for one to two undergraduates with experience in mathematics and statistics, who would join our statistics team. Our statistics team is currently working on the exciting problem of analyzing very large datasets to determine lifetime development of language outcomes. Creative problem solvers who have experience with computer programming are encouraged to apply here.

3. We are looking for several research assistants with an interest in gaining general and varied experience within a psychology lab. Responsibilities include scientific outreach, participant recruitment, instrument design, study design, and participating in our online experiments. Organized and curious undergrads with an interest in psychology should apply here.

Please contact with any questions.

Dr. Sara Cordes’ Infant and Child Cognition Lab at Boston College is currently seeking several outstanding volunteer research assistants for Summer 2017. Research in the lab focuses on understanding how infants, children, and adults keep track of number and other quantities. We are interested in the development of number concepts and how early abilities translate to later verbal counting and mathematics achievement.

RAs may work with infants, children, and/or adults on a broad range of projects, depending on interest and skill set. RAs must be motivated, mature, and have an excellent academic record. Psychology majors are preferred. Position requires some weekend and evening availability. Must be detail-oriented and have excellent interpersonal skills.

If interested, please submit an application here, and then send a CV and a transcript (unofficial is fine) via email to Raychel Gordon at

The Morality Lab is looking for volunteers who are interested in gaining research experience in psychology and neuroscience.

Research questions include but are not limited to:

  • How do people reason about the minds of others? Do the way people reason about the minds of others differ across social contexts (e.g., whether the situation is a cooperative or competitive one)?
  • How does perspective-taking influence different social behaviors? Examples of social behaviors include acting fairly, cooperating with strangers and friends, and punishing others for their misdeeds.
  • How do people determine whether a person is a friend or foe based on perceptual cues and behavioral patterns?

Responsibilities may include helping design experiments, recruiting participants, collecting data, processing and analyzing data, reading papers, and attending lab meetings. Preference will be given to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors interested in being a part of the lab for more than a semester. Please visit the lab website for details on applying for a volunteer position in the lab.