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What is the research assistant program?
The Research Assistant program is an educational opportunity that enables undergraduate students to take part in the scientific study of psychology. By working closely with a department faculty member, students are able to:
- Gain valuable "real world" experience
- Apply classroom theory to current research topics
- Develop a better understanding of the scientific method and how it is applied to the investigation of psychological subject matter
- Possibly present at a regional psychology conference or become a published co-author when a project is completed
What are the prerequisites for becoming a research assistant?
- Completion of Psyc 111 (Intro to Psychology) and a desire to learn more about the science of psychology (there are NO other restrictions)
- Many students begin working as Research Assistants their first or second year.
How do I start?
Contact a faculty member or graduate student who is currently performing research in an area you find interesting. Talk to them about signing up for Psyc 294 (If you have NOT taken Research Methods) or Psyc 494 (If you have taken Research Methods).
Professors looking for undergraduate research assistants
Research funding opportunities for undergraduates
In 2004, an Advanced Undergraduate Research Awards (AURA) program was created in North Dakota to stimulate competitive research (ND EPSCoR). AURA provides undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in faculty-mentored research projects at two research campuses; the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University. The goal of AURA is to encourage undergraduates students to consider a career in Science, Engineering, or Mathematics research. ND EPSCoR highly recommends the applicants contact and discuss their interest(s) with the professor(s) listed as mentors. If you are interested, below is a list of faculty members currently involved with the program:
- Dr. F. Richard Ferraro (701-777-2414)
- Dr. April Bradley (701-777-3790)
- Dr. Joelle Ruthig (701-777-3533)
Other research opportunities
- Psychology and Law Undergraduate Research Experience - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Psi-Chi Awards and Grants