Carnegie Mellon University

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Goals of lab participation

  • Be exposed to and become involved in all aspects of one or more research projects.
  • Provide a deeper understanding of how stigma contributes to health outcomes and social functioning.
  • Gain an appreciation of psychological science methods.
  • Reap the benefits of answering a scientific question.
  1. Attendance and participation in weekly one-hour lab meetings. The time is determined each semester. For Fall 2023, they are held on Tuesdays at 4:30 to 5:30. You must be able to accommodate this time in your schedule to participate in the lab.
  2. Completion of assignments for weekly lab meetings, if applicable.
  3. Participation in a research project, which may include data collection, entering data, coding data, and analyzing data.
  4. Reading articles in the subject matter of the research project.

The entire lab group meets once a week. Attendance is required. During these meetings, individual members provide brief updates on their weekly activities.

The focus of the meeting is on one of the following:

  1. discussion of a research article
  2. student or group of students presenting a research idea to get feedback
  3. student or group of students presenting results from a study
  4. miscellaneous professional development activity (e.g., discussion of research ethics, reviewing an article, developing a theory, looking at data)

You will be expected to complete eight (8) hours of lab-related activities per week, per semester. Additionally, attendance at our weekly one-hour lab meeting is mandatory, for a total of 9 hours. Hours can be completed between 10 am - 6 pm Monday through Friday.

  1. Make sure you have time in your schedule to devote to research.
  2. Make sure this time will not detract from your other coursework and commitments.
  3. Complete the RA Application. Once submitted, the leadership team will review your responses and will be in contact about your participation.