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Psychological Sciences

External (Research, Scholarship, Advanced Degree) Opportunities
for Undergraduate Students

The following postings detail current/former positions for undergraduate student research, job, and scholarship opportunities. If you are aware of new or additional relevant opportunities, please submit all pertinent information to swart@sandiego.edu.

Resources for Online Scholarship & PhD Programs

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Online PhD Programs in Psychology is a comprehensive and informative resource that systematically sorts out the available online PhD programs in psychology available today in the U.S.

Research Opportunities

Note: please pay attention to the deadlines; some may be expired

PhD Studentships in Developmental Psychology and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Posted September 2013

The Brain & Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BpsyC) at Swinburne University of Technology (located in Melbourne, Australia) is currently seeking motivated people to take up scholarships to undertake postgraduate (PhD) research in the fields of Cognitive Neuroscience (with a developmental emphasis) and Developmental Psychology. The BPsyC is a newly formed centre with state-of-the-art infant and child testing facilities including child-friendly high-density EEG and infrared-eye tracking systems. The centre also includes on-site fMRI, MEG, and TMS capability. Students would be invited to develop their own proposals for research and extend existing projects including (but not limited to) those in the following areas:

- Young children's use of technology (e.g., video communication, touch screen devices)
- Neural mechanisms involved in infant memory, face processing and object processing
- The development of neural patterns underlying perception of space and time
- Behavioural and neural markers of autism spectrum disorder in infancy

Australian and overseas candidates with a 4-year bachelors degree (achieved or expected) in any relevant area area are encouraged to apply. Competitive scholarship schemes (including tuition and stipend) are available for both international and Australian students.

Completed applications and all materials must be received by 30 October, 2013. Applicants from outside Australia are strongly encouraged to express interest early.

For more information on the program and how to apply, please contact: Dr. Jordy Kaufman at:
jkaufman@swin.edu.au +61 3 9214 5757

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Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program

Posted August 2013

The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists WDTS), is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2014 Spring Term Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program, with all required application materials, including recommendations, due by 5:00 PM ET on October 1, 2013. The SULI program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories, where selected students participate as interns appointed at participating host labs. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Further information, including program eligibility, requirements, host lab participation, and access to the online application system are found at:

http://science.energy.gov/wdts/

http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/
with inquiries or questions made using:

http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/contact/

The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories. The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

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Research Assistant, Center for Mind and Brain, University of California-Davis

Posted June 2013

We are seeking a recent college graduate for a full time research assistant / lab manager position with a duration of 1-2 years in the Infant Cognition Laboratory of Lisa Oakes at the UC-Davis Center for Mind & Brain. Our research focuses on visual cognition in typically developing infants, and we study visual short-term memory, perceptual categorization, object representation, and so on. We use traditional looking time measures and eye-tracking (see http://mindbrain.ucdavis.edu/people/lmoakes). We work with dozens of families each week, testing many different studies simultaneously. This position involves a mix of research and lab management. The lab manager is responsible for the day-to-day running of the lab, supervising multiple undergraduate research assistants, maintaining paperwork, etc. In addition, this position will involve testing infants, creating stimuli, and other aspects of designing experiments. The ideal candidate would have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, substantial research experience with infants, and experience using software such as Excel and SPSS. Experience or coursework in computer programming (especially for data analysis in Matlab and/or stimulus presentation in Matlab, E-Prime, or Presentation) are especially desirable, but not required. This is an excellent position for someone who would like to obtain additional research experience before going to graduate school. Davis is a very nice college town located 15 minutes from Sacramento, 90 minutes from the San Francisco Bay Area, 45 minutes from Napa Valley, and 2 hours from Lake Tahoe. To apply, send a cover letter, a resume, and a letter of recommendation to Lisa Oakes (lmoakes@ucdavis.edu). The position will remain open until filled, and the likely start date will be in August or September 2013. Starting salary is $34,680/year. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


Lisa M. Oakes
Professor, Department of Psychology
Faculty Researcher, Center for Mind and Brain
University of California, Davis
267 Cousteau Place
Davis, CA 95618

Phone: 530 297-4423 OR 530 754-8304
Fax: 530 297-4400

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Internship Search/Position

Posted April 2013

Excerpt from their posting: (see link here)

"As an intern with us, you will have the opportunity to learn about the pharmaceutical industry from a hands-on perspective. You will learn from some of the brightest people in the industry, while working on projects geared toward helping you obtain real life experience. And while you’re gaining that experience, you’ll see firsthand why Science Magazine named us a Top Employer in 2011.

The Vertex Internship Program offers you the opportunity to be part of a unique, fast-paced, and innovative pharmaceutical company – one that is focused on creating new possibilities in medicine, so people with serious diseases can lead better lives."

Details

  • Internship opportunities available for students pursuing undergraduate degrees as well as advanced degrees.
  • 10-12 weeks in duration.
  • Intern will be a assigned a manager and a mentor to help guide them through the intern program.
  • Interns work on a summer poster project outside of their normal work profile. The project is completed individually and presented to executive management at the conclusion of the program.

Eligibility
-Current enrollment in a college or university program working towards an undergraduate or advanced degree
-Relevancy to the internship for which you are applying
-Minimum of a 3.2/4.0 GPA (B average) 4.2/5.0 scale
-Ability to work on-site at Vertex location of internship
-Legal eligibility to work in the United States

For more information, see this link.

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UCSD Research Opportunity for Psychology Student

Posted 4/12/13

The Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR) is looking for a junior or senior undergraduate student interested in psychology and obesity. The student will assist in a research project on problem solving skills, parent-child interaction and parenting style in overweight children and their parents who are enrolled in a behavioral weight loss treatment program. The project consists of analyzing video tapes of parents and children performing a problem solving task. The student will learn how to code the videos using a coding schema and will perform the bulk of the coding. Coding would begin this summer and continue through early spring 2014 with a time commitment of 20-30 hours per week over the summer and about 10-20 hours per week during the academic year. CHEAR is a very active and productive obesity research center. In addition to learning qualitative research skills, the student would be exposed to many different aspects of obesity research and would have the potential for authorship on a research paper. This is an excellent project for a student interested in applying to graduate school. This is a volunteer position.

If you are interested, please send a short cover letter and resume or CV to Dr. Dana Patton-Ku at dpatton@ucsd.edu.

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UCSD/SDSU Obesity Research Position

Posted 3/27/2013

Thinking of applying to graduate school in psychology? Do you enjoy working with children? Ever been curious about the research in an obesity lab? If so, this experience may be for you! The Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR) at the University of California, San Diego, under the direction of Dr. Kerri Boutelle, is looking for a motivated junior or senior undergraduate student interested in obesity research. Students will receive both clinical and research experience through a new intervention that teaches 8-12 year old children how to reduce their food cravings. Responsibilities include running experimental food and eating paradigms, administering neuropsychological assessments, assisting with intervention sessions and materials, and learning how to conduct psychophysiological measurements using the state of the art BioPac equipment. Students will be working directly with children and their parents, so experience working with both children and adults is preferred. Additionally, students will be mentored and supervised by clinical psychology doctoral students, and may have the opportunity to present and publish research findings in addition to gaining clinical skills.  If applicable, there is the option to receive course credit. Due to the level of training and participant interaction, the position requires a time commitment of 10-15 hours a week, for a minimum of one year.

If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Matheson at bmatheson@ucsd.edu. If interested, please email a short cover letter, your most up-to-date CV or resume, and a letter of recommendation to be considered (emails should be sent to bmatheson@ucsd.edu). Feel free to visit http://www.obesitytreatment.ucsd.edu/ to learn more about the research opportunities and studies conducted at CHEAR.

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Travel Scholarships Available for undergraduates and graduate students!
2013 SACNAS National Conference

I would like to invite you to apply for a travel scholarship for the 2013 SACNAS National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, from October 3-6. The conference will expose you to incredible resources and the validating and inspiring environment of SACNAS where you will have the unique opportunity to engage with science, culture, and community.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this exciting event. Apply for a travel scholarship and/or submit an abstract! The Spring Abstract and Travel Scholarship deadline is April 3, 2013.

Some Details:
Travel Scholarships
SACNAS offers travel scholarship awards for students to attend theNational Conference. The award includes round-trip airfare to/from San Antonio and lodging through the conference dates.

For further details visit: Travel Scholarships

Abstracts
Undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to present their research to a national audience of peers and professionals while practicing their presentation skills in a supportive and nurturing environment.

For more information visit: Student & Postdoc Research Presentations

NOTE: Abstract submissions and travel scholarship applications are independent of each other. If students are interested in submitting only a travel scholarship they do not need to submit an abstract and vice versa.

Submission Process
Applicants simply need the following to access the submission links:

* Create or update their SACNAS Profile
* Have current SACNAS membership valid through the conference dates (10/2013)

For more info, please visit sacnas.org or usdsacnas.org

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PhD Studentships in Developmental Science — In Australia

Posted 3/18/2013

The Brain & Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BpsyC) at Swinburne University of Technology (located in Melbourne, Australia) seeks motivated people to take up scholarships to undertake postgraduate (PhD) research in the fields of Cognitive Neuroscience (with a developmental emphasis) and Developmental Psychology. The BPsyC is a newly formed centre with state-of-the-art infant and child testing facilities including child-friendly high-density EEG and infrared-eye tracking systems. The centre also includes on-site fMRI, MEG, and TMS capability. Students would be invited to develop their own proposals for research and extend existing projects including (but not limited to) those in the following areas:

- Neural mechanisms involved in infant memory, face processing and object processing
- Behavioural and neural markers of autism spectrum disorder in infancy
- Young children's use of technology (e.g., video communication, touch screen devices)
- The development of infant visual perception
- The development of neural patterns underlying perception of space and time

A 4-year bachelors degree (achieved or expected) in any relevant area area are encouraged to apply. Competitive scholarship schemes (including tuition and stipend) are available for both international and Australian students.

Completed applications must be received by 30 May, 2013. Applicants from outside Australia are strongly encouraged to express interest early.

For more information on the program and how to apply, please contact: Dr. Jordy Kaufman at:
jkaufman@swin.edu.au +613 9214 5757

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Research Assistant, Center for Mind and Brain, University of California-Davis

Posted 3/18/2013

We are seeking a recent college graduate for a full time research assistant / lab manager position with a duration of 1-2 years in the Infant Cognition Laboratory of Lisa Oakes at the UC-Davis Center for Mind & Brain. Our research focuses on visual cognition in typically developing infants, and we study visual short-term memory, perceptual categorization, object representation, and so on. We use traditional looking time measures and eye-tracking (see http://mindbrain.ucdavis.edu/people/lmoakes). We work with dozens of families each week, testing many different studies simultaneously. This position involves a mix of research and lab management. The lab manager is responsible for the day-to-day running of the lab, supervising multiple undergraduate research assistants, maintaining paperwork, etc. In addition, this position will involve testing infants, creating stimuli, and other aspects of designing experiments. The ideal candidate would have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, substantial research experience with infants, and experience using software such as Excel and SPSS. The person hired will be required to program data analysis and stimulus presentation in Matlab, E-Prime, or Presentation; previous programming experience is especially desirable, but not required. This is an excellent position for someone who would like to obtain additional research experience before going to graduate school. Davis is a very nice college town located 15 minutes from Sacramento, 90 minutes from the San Francisco Bay Area, 45 minutes from Napa Valley, and 2 hours from Lake Tahoe. To apply, send a cover letter, a resume, and a letter of recommendation to Lisa Oakes (lmoakes@ucdavis.edu). The position will remain open until filled, and the likely start date will be in June, 2013. Starting salary is $34,680/year. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Lisa M. Oakes
Professor, Department of Psychology
Faculty Researcher, Center for Mind and Brain
University of California, Davis
267 Cousteau Place
Davis, CA 95618

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Abstract Submissions for Berkeley Interdisciplinary Research Conference

Due March 22, 2013

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the 3rd Annual Berkeley Interdisciplinary Research Conference (BIRC). BIRC is dedicated to encouraging undergraduate participation in the broader academic community by promoting sophisticated undergraduate research, facilitating research-oriented cooperation, and building community through professional networking activities.

This year’s conference will feature the stellar work of undergraduate students who have completed research in psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, neuroscience, anthropology, sociology, education and biology. We welcome undergraduate students from all universities in these particular fields to present their work and to attend the conference.

Important Deadlines:
• The conference will take place on May 4th or 5th on the UC Berkeley campus. The final date of the conference will be confirmed soon
• Abstracts are due on March 22, 2013. However, we recommend submitting your abstracts as soon as possible since space is limited (email your abstract to berkconf@gmail.com or through the conference website)
• The abstract word limit is 200
• No other information is necessary aside from which department you are presenting under
• Decisions will be sent out by March 29, 2013
• This year’s keynote speakers will be announced shortly

For more information about registering for the conference and submitting an abstract, feel free to email us with any questions or thoughts at berkconf@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued support of undergraduate research and we hope to see you in May!

Sincerely,
Leslie Ho
Junior Executive Director

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2013 Janssen Pharmaceutical R&D Summer Intern Job

Posted 3/07/13

The position is for undergraduate students majoring in Neuroscience who will not yet have graduated this summer. It will focus on in vivo and behavioral neuroscience work related to mood disorders. This is a paid, full-time (40 hours per week) position for this summer.

Please see link for more information: Job Posting

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APA Summer Science Fellowships for Undergraduates

Posted 11/19/12

The Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association (APA) will sponsor its Summer Science Fellowship program, hosted by the Psychology Department at George Mason University, June 8–July 20, 2013. Up to twelve students who are current juniors will be selected for this six-week, paid summer research internship. Students will be selected for experiences in one of several areas of psychology, including biological, applied developmental, applied cognitive, neuroscience, clinical, school and industrial/organizational.

Students currently enrolled in US or Canadian colleges and universities are eligible. International students at US or Canadian institutions may apply; US citizenship is not required. Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is Feb. 11, 2013.  Please encourage your best students to apply for this outstanding program.   

Please visit the Summer Science Fellowship page for more information about the program. Email or call (202) 336-6000 if you have questions.

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Job Opportunity at University of Southern California (San Diego): Research Assistant

Posted 11/05/12

Michael Hurlburt, Ph.D. of the University of Southern California, School of Social Work and Child & Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) is currently seeking a research assistant to work on a research study regarding implementation of evidence-based practice. The implementation of evidence-based practice into real-world human service settings is an important priority for improving the quality of services and outcomes for families. However, little is known about what factors facilitate or impede implementation, and how implementation of an evidence-based practice affects organizations and staff. Our lab investigates what it takes to effectively implement clinical practices in community-based settings. We focus on organization and policy factors that affect whether clinical interventions are used effectively with clients and patients. Our studies aim to identify and support the organizational factors that improve evidence-based practice implementation, including organizational culture, organizational climate, and leadership. The research also focuses on adaptation of evidence-based practice for health, mental health, and social service settings. Data is collected from mental health and social service agencies in agencies throughout California. Study participants include administrators, supervisors, service providers, and their clients.

Under supervision, the incumbent will work as a Research Assistant at the Child & Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC), with employment through the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. The main duties and responsibilities will include: coordinating research participant retention and tracking, preparing and administering survey instruments, managing longitudinal data using SPSS and web-based data collection programs, conducting data coding and analysis, and assisting with preparing reports and presentations. Other duties will be assigned as needed.

The ideal candidate will have completed college level coursework in social work, psychology, psychiatry, or a related field or equivalent knowledge or experience, possess knowledge of public sector mental health and social service organizations, and have demonstrated experience managing survey data and performing basic descriptive analyses using SPSS or SAS software. This position is ideal for recent graduates interested in gaining valuable research experience before applying to graduate school. A 2-year commitment is strongly preferred.

The position is full-time, starting salary ranging from $13.00 - 15.00 per hour. Full benefits available. Start date is ASAP.

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to nshapiro@ucsd.edu and apply using the following link: https://jobs.usc.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=67305

Best regards,

Nicole Shapiro, M.A.
Research Coordinator
University of California, San Diego
Child & Adolescent Services Research Center
3020 Children’s Way, MC5033 (mailing address)
3665 Kearny Villa Road, Ste 200N (physical address)
San Diego, CA 92123
Tel (858) 966.7703 ext 2695
Fax (858) 966.7704