We are always looking for motivated and interested undergraduate students to join our team.
All undergraduate students from any major are welcome to apply as a laboratory assistant, which requires them to work as a team in collaborative projects and individually when conducting their own experiments or completing individual tasks. Aside from conducting experiments, students will actively participate in weekly lab meetings to discuss research findings and brainstorm ideas based on results and self-conducted literature readings. Broadly, we look for:
Strong organizational and time-management skills.
Strong attention to detail.
Ability to commit 8-10 hours (minimum) per week to laboratory work, preparation, attending meetings, and reading articles.
Ability to commit at least one calendar year (Summer, Fall, Spring semesters).
Active communicator and proficient knowledge with Discord and Google Suite.
Inherent curiosity about research process and/or pain research.
The laboratory usually consists of 5-10 undergraduate laboratory assistants at any given time. Most students work in the laboratory approximately 10 hours a week. However, some research assistants dedicate even more time, including weekends. The majority of students volunteer, although there are opportunities to receive course credit (e.g., PSYC 490). Some advanced students may be paid from a NIH grant, while others have used their work-study funds to receive compensation for time spent working in the laboratory.
Students are given a great opportunity to encouraged to participate in presenting research results and findings, to allowing them to build their professional skill sets and participate in networking events. Previous students have traveled to present research results as posters and oral presentations at international and national professional meetings in San Diego, Philadelphia, and St. Louis. Interested students are also advised to become involved with the Center for Student Research. Students in their freshman or sophomore years are especially encouraged to apply. Multiple years of experience in lab work is most beneficial to the student and to the lab.
Hands-on laboratory work is essential in preparation for a career in biosciences. Several undergraduate alumni from the laboratory have gone on to PhD graduate programs in Psychology or Neurosciences, MS programs in Law, or specialized career-specific summer programs.