Skip to content

Join Us

New Program To Gain Neuroscience Research Experience at Temple!

Click for information about the MiNDS Program ūü߆

Interested in conducting cognitive neuroscience research? Apply below!

Undergraduate students in their freshman or sophomore years interested in doing research with Dr. Olson should email her at The minimum time commitment is 10 hours per week. Students with strong computer skills are favored (i.e. Microsoft Office/coding experience, etc.). Unpaid summer internships also exist for undergraduates. 

Possible responsibilities include but are not limited to: participant recruitment and screening, data cleaning, data analysis, and assisting with running experiments. These responsibilities will vary depending on the lab’s current needs at the time.

Students interested in research assistant positions should contact Dr. Olson by email at Research assistantships require a 2-year commitment. This position is intended for those interested in applying to graduate school. Required skills include knowledge of cognitive psychology and/or neuroscience and evidence of strong computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office, MATLAB, Python, SPSS, etc.)

Both master’s (2-year) and doctoral (4-year) programs are available for study. Students should apply to Temple University’s Psychology Department (follow link for general information about the program). The application deadline is in December. It is strongly suggested that interested students contact Dr. Olson before applying to the program at This email should include your research interests, skills and experience, why you are interested in our lab, and an attached CV.¬†

Prospective students should see the “Publications” and “Our Research” pages of our website for information on our lab’s work and general interests. For more up-to-date information on our current projects, see our home page.

See here for more information on application tips and what to expect from the Doctoral Program in Cognition and Neuroscience. 

To learn more about the lab’s culture and projects from a current graduate student, please contact:

Post-doctoral applicants should contact Dr. Olson by email at If there is an opening in the lab, requirements will include:

  • a C.V.
  • a one-page, single-spaced statement of previous research
  • a one-page, single-spaced statement of future research interests
  • two letters of recommendation


See here for more information on what to expect from your time as a post-doc .

If you have a visiting scholar grant and would like to do cognitive neuroscience research, contact Dr. Olson by email at Interested applicants should consider applying for an international fellowship.

Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion:

Dr. Olson and the entire Cognitive Neuroscience lab is dedicated to creating a lab culture and research operations that welcome and celebrate diversity of all kinds. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and integrated environment for all students and participants. Additionally, we aim to support individuals from marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds and identities, including race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, ability, socioeconomic status, immigration status, and more. We encourage applicants of all identities to apply for volunteer and graduate student positions, as we strive to uphold a welcoming and supportive community for all students. 

In collaboration with Dr. Lisa Briand, Dr. Olson runs the Mid-Atlantic Neuroscience Diversity Scholars (MiNDS) program at Temple University. This program aims to bolster the number of underrepresented minority (URM) students within the neuroscience academic pipeline and build a foundation for URM students to succeed in graduate school and beyond.

To learn more about diversity at Temple, visit our institutional diversity website:


Leave a Reply