Carnegie Mellon University
Undergraduate students are invited to apply for research assistant positions in the Relationships Lab.  We have an average of 25 -30 undergraduate research assistants working in the lab throughout the year for credit in one of two courses:

Research in Psychology (Psy 85-805)
Research Training in Social Psychology (Psy 85-198)

Students may register for these courses for the fall, spring, or summer sessions.  See below for more information.
  • You are interested in gaining research experience
  • You are considering going to graduate school in Psychology
  • You are considering a career in research
  • You might want to do an honors thesis in social psychology
  • You must be motivated, reliable, and committed to being a part of the research team
  • It is not necessary to have prior research experience (we will train you)
  • You must be performing well in their other courses
  • You must be able to work in the lab for a minimum of 9 hours per week
  • Students are welcome to join the lab from the time they are freshmen
  • You may join the lab for two semesters or more
  • Some Research Assistants have stayed in the lab through their entire college education
  • Students who have worked in the lab will be given priority for conducting honors theses in their senior year
RAs work in the lab as research apprentices, meaning that you get actual, hands-on experience by assisting with ongoing projects in the lab.
Research Assistants assist with one or more of the following:

  •     experimenting and data collection
  •     observational research methods and behavioral coding
  •     physiological research methods and interpretation
  •     editing physiological data using Mindware Technologies software
  •     using SPSS for data management and data analysis
  •     study design and material preparation
  •     data analysis
  •     presenting of research
  •     attending lab meetings to discuss projects and related research
  • Complete an application and email it to Shelby Parsons (Lab Manager)
  • Once Shelby receives your email with the attached application, she will contact you to schedule an interview.
  • Phone:  412.268.8109
  • RAs may apply for Small Undergraduate Research Grants
  • RAs may apply for Undergraduate Research Summer Fellowships
  • RAs may present their research at the Meeting of the Minds, the undergrad research symposium