Undergraduate students can gain valuable hands-on experience in health psychology. My past research assistants have gone on to graduate school, medical school, and have pursued other careers that made good use of the skills they had developed as research assistants (including critical thinking, interpersonal skills, and teamwork).
Research assistants engage in a variety of activities, such as:
- conduct literature searches
- help prepare and pilot-test study materials (e.g., smartphone surveys)
- recruit, screen, and schedule participants
- collect data
- clean, score, and manage data
- provide feedback to participants (e.g., prepare personalized summary reports of participants’ sleep and physical activity data)
- attend meetings with other lab members, graduate students, and Dr. Sin
- present research at conferences
If you are interested in volunteering as a research assistant, please email a brief description of your research interests, CV or resume, and an unofficial transcript (such as screenshot of grades from the SSC) to our lab manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Update September 2020: We are not currently recruiting new volunteer research assistants. We will update this page and look forward to hearing from you when we resume hiring!
Directed Studies and Honours Thesis
Advanced students with previous research experience (especially those who have been volunteering in the UPLIFT Health Lab for at least one term) may wish to pursue a Directed Studies or Honours Thesis project in the lab. This would involve conducting an independent research project that fits within the larger research studies and the research goals of the lab. I typically accept Directed Studies at the beginning of the academic year (September), for a yearlong commitment.
Please contact me at email@example.com to discuss opportunities. Please include in your email: a brief description of your research interests, CV/resume with references, an unofficial transcript (screenshot of grades from the SSC), and a sample of your academic writing (such as a class research paper).