Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities


Joining a laboratory as an undergraduate assistant is an invaluable opportunity to get hands-on training on specific methodological, analytical, and professional skills sets critical to conducting psychological research. Moreover, considerable undergraduate research experience is a strongly weighted factor in the graduate selection process. Depending on one's commitment and length of service in the lab, undergraduate research assistants can expect to have training and practice with the following skill sets:

  • Methodological: Study generation, study design, and data collection
  • Analytical: Data cleanup, data analysis, and data interpretation/reporting
  • Professional: Self-awareness and communication, work ethic, and collaboration/mentoring

Although project topic content may vary, typical laboratory duties involve (but are not limited to), literature searches using library databases, laboratory and/or field data collection (including SONA system use and online survey platforms), and data organizationa/management (entry and coding in Excel and SPSS). More experienced research assistants may also  conduct statistical analyses, contribute to manuscript writing, and prepare presentations at local, regional, or national conferences. Visit the Research Positions and Earning Course Credit pages to learn more.

You may also email Dr. Barber to set up an appointment (lbarber@niu.edu) if you would like more information and/or a lab application.

**Are you an undergraduate student who is interested in graduate study in I/O? Then check out the following I/O Graduate Series blog!**