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Research Assistantships

What does being a Research Assistant (RA) entail?


As a Research Assistant you can be expected to do the following:

  • Work closely alongside the professor, and other research assistants
  • Conduct research 
  • Review and perform literature analyses
  • Input and code data
  • Present research findings to peers, faculty, and conferences

What is the eligibility criteria for being a RA?

  • Having a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Have taken both PSYC 321 Research Methods, and PSYC 295 Statistical Methods with passing grades (instructors may require higher grades)
  • Being able to work cohesively with a group, as well as having the skills to work independently

Benefits of being an RA:

  • Improve research and professional writing skills
  • Creating relationships with professors- this could lead to letters of recommendation for scholarships and graduate school/ job opportunities
  • Earn credits toward bachelor degree
  • Gain professional experience for future careers

Next steps:

  • Look for available opportunities within the Psychological Sciences Department
  • Determine your research interests and match them with individual faculty, and from there consider reaching out to ask about available opportunities, and the application process
  • For more information on being a RA, please review the Psychological Sciences’ Research Assistant Guide