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Research Assistant Opportunity

If you wish to become a part of our team, click on the link to to fill out a BARSlab Research Assistant Application

Why should you become a Research Assistant?

As a research assistant (RA) you will have the opportunity to do the research and get important experience that will make you stand out in the fiercely competitive graduate admissions process. Even if you do not choose to attend graduate school, research experience will provide you with the opportunity to think critically, organize information, expand problem solving skills, and demonstrate your commitment, reliability, and capacity for a job after graduation.

  What does a Research Assistant do?

Each RA makes his or her own schedule and is expected to work a minimum of ten hours per week in the lab. The amount of time and work you put in at the lab will dictate what and how much you gain from this experience. RAs usually volunteer in the lab for two semesters prior to enrolling for course credit in "Supervised Research".   Expectations for you as a research assistant will vary depending on the current research projects. However, some general tasks that can be expected are:

•Collect data by administering surveys, interviews, etc.

•Conduct literature searches and other general research

•Use computer software such as statistical analysis programs to enter data

•Assist in preparing submissions for conferences and, if accepted, work on poster or oral presentations for conferences

•Assist in preparing manuscripts for publication

What are the benefits of becoming a Research Assistant?

Assisting with research provides numerous benefits including:

•Gaining skills and knowledge that is not learned in the classroom

•Developing mentoring relationships with faculty and graduate students

•Earning an outstanding letter of recommendation for graduate school or a job

•Networking with other students that have similar career goals

•And so much more!!!

Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, has a great article that further explains the benefits: Maximizing Undergraduate Opportunities: The Value of Research and Other Experiences


For more general information: ODU's Department of Psychology information on becoming a reseach assistant


Participate in Research

If you are interested in participating in one (or more) of our current research projects, click on the link BARSlab Research Participation  to find instructions on how to volunteer.


For general information from ODU's Department of Psychology on Research Participation. Click on the "Student Participant Instructions" link for details on how to sign up for research participation on SONA.