Research Assistant Mentoring Program (RAMP)

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The PBS Research Assistant Mentoring Program (RAMP) aims to introduce Psychology majors, especially those from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in our field (e.g. students of color, first generation college students), to laboratory research early in their college careers.  Research mentees will register for a 1-2 credit Research Assistantship (Psych 398B) that will primarily involve attending weekly lab meetings and shadowing a junior, senior, or graduate student mentor already established in a lab.  In addition, RAMP students will also take a 1 credit seminar that meets weekly to come together as a group, reflect on their lab experiences, and discuss professional development in research. 

We hope to create an accessible and transparent application process to help connect motivated students to labs throughout our department.  Students within their first year at UMass, including both first-year students and transfer students, are eligible for the program, and we encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply.  You may select up to three labs in your application and describe your specific interests in each of them.  You can learn more about participating labs on page two of the application below.

Applications are due November 1st, and the program runs each spring.  Please email Dr. Lori Astheimer with any questions at