Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Professors and graduate students in the Developmental Psychology department are committed to producing meaningful research that adds to the literature on development. Our research encompasses the lifespan, with research questions ranging from aspects of early development to the effects of aging. Undergraduate research assistants are often recruited to assist in the research process. Not only does this help the researcher to complete a project more swiftly, but it also provides unique, enriching research experiences to undergraduates. It is important for students who are pursuing a career in psychology to attain research experience, especially if they are considering applying to graduate school. Listed below are research opportunities in the Developmental field for undergraduates.
Maturation of CHildren & Adults Laboratory
ABOUT THE LAB
The MOCHA Lab provides a space for research collaborations between faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students. We welcome any undergraduate student in good academic standing with a passion for research in developmental psychology!
For more information, see below. For information on faculty and graduate students, click here.
We will be announcing application deadlines for Spring 2019 semester by December 2018.
The primary mission of the MOCHA laboratory is to create a developmental-focused collaboration of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. The aim is to provide a safe place where students can gather with peers to learn about psychology and engage in research while being mentored by experienced graduate students and faculty. The MOCHA lab provides opportunities for undergraduate students to learn research skills (e.g. data cleaning), to earn credit hours, and to network and build their resume. Readings and discussions about psychological research may also be used to further the understand of research methods and writing.
Students who elect to take independent research credits in exchange for lab work will be expected to complete three hours of work per week per credit hour, as is required by the department. Students taking the course for credit will need to discuss availability of work with graduate students and faculty prior to registering to ensure that an adequate amount of work is available in the preferred semester. The lab is eager to provide students with ample opportunities, however they need to meet the requirements and guidelines set out by the department.
Undergraduates are expected to maintain a balance in all areas of life, including but not limited to academic studies and self-care. If a student fails to maintain this balance, a time period of suspension will be instituted.
MOCHA laboratory is an all-inclusive group. However, to establish quality mentor-mentee relationships, the number of undergraduate memberships are limited to the number of graduate students participating in the laboratory in any given semester. One membership each spring will be devoted to writing a newsletter to current and past laboratory participants about the ongoings of the laboratory.
RESEARCH ETHICS STATEMENT
MOCHA laboratory requires its members to adhere to policies set forth by Bowling Green State University, particularly those released by the Office of Research Compliance. Due to the sensitive nature of psychology and age ranges that MOCHA lab works with, any applicant that is not forthcoming with any criminal history will have their membership terminated immediately.
Students will be taught all or some of the following skills:
1. Literature searches
- Students will learn how to find professional research articles in psychology databases.
- Students will learn how to preview, download, and manage different papers.
2. Literature filtering
- Students will learn how to categorize different papers under different topics.
- Students will learn how to judge the importance of each empirical paper.
3. Literature coding
- Students will learn how to do basic coding of each paper.
- Students will learn how to recognize important attributes of each article (e.g., sample size, correlational coefficients, etc).
4. Data entry
- Students will learn how to enter real research data from self-report measurements.
- Students will learn how to manage data using statistical software including Excel, SPSS, SAS, jamovi, and R.
5. Manuscript writing
- Students will learn how to write professional manuscripts in their own words.
- Students will learn how to present research findings to other readers.
- Students will learn how to work professionally and collaboratively within a research setting.
- Students will learn how each stage of the research process fits together to form a complete research project.
CURRENT AND UPCOMING PROJECTS
- Attitudes about ethnic foods
- Preschool gender and race attitudes
- Discriminatory experiences in Arab and Muslim adolescents
- Medical implications of comorbid diseases on motivation and religious coping
- Moderating effects of rumination on the relationship between daily life stressors and depressive symptoms