Be a Research Assistant


    What is Psychology 4998?

    • You will be doing hands-on work with professors, graduate students, and other undergraduate students in a research laboratory. This is not a traditional class, and instead credit is given for time spent in the lab.

    What are the pre-requisites for Psychology 4998?

    • Permission of the instructor. Check out the psychology lab websites for specific requirements for each lab.

    Is Psychology 4998 required for the Psychology major?

    • It is not required for the Psychology major, but we strongly recommend that students get involved in research (take Psychology 4998), especially if they are interested in pursuing research-based graduate programs (e.g., Ph.D.) in psychology.

    When should I take Psychology 4998?

    • It is available throughout the year, including summer. However, some projects are only available during certain terms. Students interested in gaining a strong research background should begin taking Psychology 4998 as soon as possible after completing Psychology 1100.

    How many credit hours is Psychology 4998?

    • Credit hours are variable depending on the nature of the project and the time commitment of students. A maximum of 3 hours of Psychology 4998 can be applied towards the Psychology major. However, students can take additional hours of Psychology 4998 towards their overall general (non-psychology) electives. Typically, students take 2 to 4 credit hours of Psychology 4998 per semester.

    How much time will I need to commit to Psychology 4998?

    • You are expected to commit approximately 3 hours per week in the lab for every credit hour you earn for Psychology 4998. For example, taking Psychology 4998 for 3 credit hours will mean that you are expected to devote approximately 9 hours per week to the project.

    How do I find out about the research projects being offered?

    • Check out current psychology labs on this page.
    • Listen in class for any announcements about Psychology 4998 and look for any posted flyers in the Psychology Building and Lazenby Hall.
    • Visit your professors during Office Hours to talk more extensively about their research (after checking out their lab website) and express an interest in getting involved.
    • Attend talks by faculty to learn more about their research (e.g., Psychology Enrichment Program).

    Is there anything specific I need to do or say when communicating with the Psychology 4998 contact person?

    • YES. Etiquette is very important. Do your homework before you shoot off an e-mail! You should know at least a little about the research the lab does. For instance, check out publications that the faculty member has before contacting the lab.
    • DO NOT say…Hey, I’m interested in your project. Do you have any openings? Thanks. Your e-mail will most likely be ignored or at best not responded to quickly.
    • DO say something like: Hello, Professor (his/her name): My name is (your name), and I am interested in your project on (name project). What interests me most about your research is (name a few items here you find interesting about this project and explain why you are interested in them). I have read some articles in your research area (cite names of relevant articles you have read on the subject) and so your research investigation really intrigues me. I would like to be able to contribute to your project in any way I can. I am in my (what year). I have taken (discuss coursework that is relevant to the lab, including statistics and research methods). I am hard-working, dependable, responsible, flexible, and willing to work (how many) terms in your lab if selected (if a multiple term commitment is preferred for that particular project). Would you be willing and able to meet with me and discuss your research further? I am available (name specific days and times you are available – give a range). I can be reached at (your phone and e-mail contacts). Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Iam A. Student.

    Note: Use the above as a format but not word for word!  Use this template as a guide and try to set yourself apart. Bring up your unique experiences and traits that can help you contribute to the lab.

    • Often you will be invited for an interview before you are offered a 4998 position. If you are offered a position, you then negotiate your working hours and responsibilities directly with the person offering the position.
    • Once you have accepted a 4998 position, you will need to have the instructor (i.e., the faculty member) sign a Course Enrollment Permission Form (you can pick up this form in the Psychology Advising Office or download it from the registrar's website).  It’s a good idea to bring this form to the interview with you, just in case!  Before asking the faculty member to sign it, fill out: your name, ID #, Sem/Yr, Dept, Course # (4998) # of credit hours, class number (this # is specific to each faculty member and changes each term—ask him/her to give you this #), and instructor (the faculty member).  After the faculty member signs the form, bring it to the Psychology Advising Office to be added to the course.

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    Psychology Labs


    Coutellier Lab - Dr. Laurence Coutellier

    Kirby Lab - Dr. Liz Kirby

    Lenz Lab - Dr. Kathryn Lenz

    Leuner Lab - Dr. Benedetta Leuner


    Brain Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation - Dr. Jennifer Bogner (for Psych 4998 inquiries, contact Michael Mahaffey)

    The Buckeye Brain Aging Lab - Dr. Scott Hayes

    Clinical Neuroscience – Dr. Ruchika Prakash

    Depression Research - Dr. Daniel Strunk

    Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER) – Dr. Nicholas Breitborde

    Mood & Personality Studies – Dr. Jennifer Cheavens

    MRI Investigation of Neurodegenerative Disease, Stress Effects, & Traumatic Brain Injury - Dr. Jasmeet Hayes

    Risk and Resilience in the Context of Childhood Cancer – Dr. Cynthia Gerhardt, Nationwide Children's Hospital (for PSYCH 4998 inquiries, contact post-bac research assistant Valdeoso Patterson)

    Stress & Health – Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser

    The Stress and Immunity Cancer Project – Dr. Barbara Andersen

    Translational Neuroscience of Early Psychosis at EPICENTER - Dr. Aubrey Moe

    Women's Behavioral Health - Dr. Kristen Carpenter


    Cognition (Aging, Disorders, & Development) - Dr. Roger Ratcliff & Dr. Gail McKoon

    Cognition in Motion - Dr. Richard Jagacinski

    Cognitive Control – Dr. Andrew Leber

    Language Perception – Dr. Mark Pitt

    Model-Based Cognitive Neuroscience - Dr. Brandon Turner

    Neuroeconomics - Dr. Ian Krajbich

    Vision & Cognitive Neuroscience – Dr. Julie Golomb

    Z-Lab: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience - Dr. Zeynep Saygin


    Cognitive Control – Dr. Andrew Leber

    Neuroeconomics - Dr. Ian Krajbich

    Social Affective and Immunology Lab – Dr. Baldwin Way

    Social Cognitive Neuroscience - Dr. Dylan Wagner

    Vision & Cognitive Neuroscience – Dr. Julie Golomb

    The B-BAL | Buckeye Brain Aging Lab ( - Dr. Scott Hayes


    Neuroeconomics - Dr. Ian Krajbich


    Behavioral Genetics, Cognition, & Learning - Dr. Stephen Petrill

    Children and Parents Lab - Dr. Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan

    Cognitive Development - Dr. Vladimir Sloutsky

    Developmental Language & Cognition – Dr. Laura Wagner

    Social Development - Dr. John Gibbs

    Z-Lab: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience - Dr. Zeynep Saygin


    Attitudes & Persuasion –Dr. Richard Petty

    Attitudes & Persuasion - Dr. Duane Wegener

    Attitudes & Social Cognition - Dr. Russ Fazio

    Cognitive & Affective Influences on Decision Making - Dr. Brittany Shoots-Reinhard

    Motivation & Cognitive Science – Dr. Kentaro Fujita

    Self & Social Motivation – Dr. Jennifer Crocker

    Self, Stereotypes, & Social Norms – Dr. Steven Spencer

    Social Affective and Immunology Lab – Dr. Baldwin Way

    Social Cognitive Neuroscience – Dr. Dylan Wagner

    Subjective Perspectives Research – Dr. Lisa Libby (For PSYCH 4998 inquiries, please contact Kenny Slagell.2)


    Information Processing in Human Memory – Dr. Trisha Van Zandt

    Mechanisms & Contingencies – Dr. Andrew Hayes