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Research Opportunities

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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. Sara Cordes’ Infant and Child Cognition Lab is looking for undergraduates who are interested in a work study position in our cognition lab on the Chestnut Hill Campus in McGuinn Hall. The lab’s main focus is examining how infants and children keep track of numbers and other quantities. Work study students focus on recruiting new subjects to participate in studies and come into the lab. Responsibilities include recruiting and scheduling families, sending out mailings, posting flyers in nearby communities, contacting off-site locations such as preschools and after-school camps, and attending local recruiting events such as fairs and festivals. There is an 8 hour a week minimum time commitment, but more time is preferred. If you would like to join our lab or have any questions, feel free to contact Emma Lazaroff at emma.lazaroff@bc.edu. If you want to become part of our team, please include a resume and an idea of what hours you can work along with your email. Psychology majors preferred.

 

Gene Heyman would like to hire a part-time research assistant to help run a research project on the allocation of attention. Our new procedure measures the capacity to switch attention over very brief periods of time. The current goals are to (1) test whether this capacity predicts higher order cognitive capacities such as vocabulary and/or reading, (2) whether we can use the procedure to improve "executive attention" as measured in this task, and (3) to characterize the principles that govern attention allocation.  The ideal candidate is a graduate student with some programming experience (or interested in learning), is familiar with Excel, and is good with people. The ideal candidate would also be more interested in research than in pay. However, we can pay for 12-16 hours a week.  Please contact Gene Heyman at gene.heyman@bc.edu.

 

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 Fall 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. Volunteer positions are for 10 hours per week. If you would like to join our lab or have questions, feel free to contact Larisa Heiphetz at larisa.heiphetz@bc.edu. 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 fall semester. 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 a week (the lab will reimburse travel expenses).