Research Assistantships Fall 2023

Below are the research assistantships available in our department.
Feel free to email the contact individual for that lab.
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Contact: Joonkoo Park, joonkoo@umass.edu
Responsibilities:

Subject recruitment, data collection, and data coding of cognitive and neural studies in adults and children. Please apply by following the instructions in "Join the Team"

Times you must be available: TBD
Hours per week: 6-9
Credits: 2-3
Contact: Kyle Cave, kcave@umass.edu
Responsibilities:

Our lab studies the cognitive processes underlying our visual recognition of shapes and objects. Current projects are exploring how visual shapes are compared to one another, how we perceive complex patterns made up up many simple shapes, and how our previous experience shapes our current perception of simple visual properties.

Our current experiments are conducted online, but each participants interacts with an undergraduate researcher over Zoom to learn how to perform the experimental task. The researcher helps the participant through a set of practice trials at the beginning of the testing session, and answers the participant's questions about the experiment at the end.

Times you must be available: scheduling is flexible
Hours per week: averaging 9 hours per week
Credits: 3
Contact: Cierra Abellera, cabellera@umass.edu
Responsibilities:

Undergraduate RAs will work with the graduate student to develop qualitative and quantitative studies for future participants to examine relations between host society members and newcomers (i.e., refugees, asylum seekers, etc.). This includes conducting literature reviews; discussing and communicating key findings/methodological highlights from readings; participating in lab meetings, working collaboratively with other RAs to create reliable survey and interview questions by translating questions; assisting in research project implementation through recruitment; interviews; data analysis; results dissemination.

Pre-requisites:

Students from majors including: Anthropology, Linguistics, Public Policy, Psychology, and Sociology are welcome to apply.

For this project, we are seeking students fluent (spoken + written) in at least one of the listed languages: Arabic, Dari, Swahili, Spanish, or Ukranian. Preferred candidates will have taken research methods or have had professional experience with translating documents/speech.

Interested candidates should email a CV and a list of available times (at least 5 different times) for a potential interview. Candidates will also need to fill out a lab RA form which can be downloaded here: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13lIvcP27Ypw_m_XNDoumDqHKo9g2xdLD/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=114592496871203016192&rtpof=true&sd=true

Please contact Cierra Abellera (cabellera@umass.edu) with any questions.

Times you must be available: TBD
Hours per week: 2-9
Credits: 2+