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. first generation college students and students of color), to laboratory research early in their college careers.  Research mentees will register for a 1 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, our RAMP cohort will meet together a few times throughout the semester to 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 within the application.  You can learn more about participating labs on page two of the application below.

RAMP Application Spring 2023: due Monday December 5th.  You will need to log in to your UMass Google account in order to access the application.

Please email Dr. Lori Astheimer with any questions at