Participating in research can be a highly rewarding and valuable experience for individuals interested in a variety of fields. Firsthand involvement in scientific discoveries can facilitate learning and critical thinking while providing many opportunities for skill development.
Although having a background in research can expedite involvement, we encourage all individuals who are interested in conducting research to consider joining the lab! We value being able to teach others about scientific processes and the multiple facets involved in psychological research. We have compiled various resources that may be of help for individuals interested in beginning or continuing participation in research. Please see below for information regarding undergraduate research assistant positions, information about applying to Temple’s graduate school, and additional resources on psychology research.
The SAN Lab is not currently recruiting Temple University undergraduate research assistants.
If you are interested in potentially joining the lab to gain research experience, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. While we are not currently recruiting research assistants (as of the Spring 2021 semester), we may have more positions available in the Fall 2021-2022 academic year.
A Google form will be made available here for online applications as positions become available.
Expectations for Undergraduate Research Assistants
- Eagerness to learn and work with fellow lab members
- Punctuality to agreed-upon hours
- Prompt responses to communication
- Conscientious and kind collaborators
- Excitement about the field of psychology
Independent Study Courses
Temple offers courses wherein undergraduates will be able to work in labs for credit. While the expectations of these courses may vary across majors, some general guidelines for these courses include:
- Students will be expected to establish a consistent weekly schedule with the lab director and come in regularly to conduct research.
- Students will be trained on hands-on research techniques specific to the host lab.
- Students will be responsible for record keeping, as well as collecting, analyzing and graphing data related to their project.
- Students will also be expected to familiarize themselves with the relevant scientific literature related to their project.
- Trainees will present their findings at lab meetings and scientific conferences.
Temple University Graduate School information:
- Temple University Psychology Department graduate school information
- Temple University Psychology Department graduate school admissions and application information
Email Dr. Helion: email@example.com
Additional resources for Prospective Researchers:
Careers in Psychology
- There are lots of career paths available with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology! Check out this article from the APA called “What you can do with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology?”
- On transferable skills offered by a major in Psychology: “Student perceptions of the knowledge, skills and abilities desired by the potential employers of psychology majors” (Miller & Carducci, 2015)
- Check out Science’s Letters to Young Scientists column to find advice from PIs on everything from improving your scientific writing and presentation skills to how to write a strong CV!
- Many careers exist with more advanced degrees in psychology (Ph.D.s or Psy.D.s) as well. Some of these include careers in research and teaching in academia or clinical practice (with a Clinical Psychology degree). Read about additional careers in psychology in Appleby’s Careers in Psychology by Drew Appleby
- Keep in mind that graduate students in most Psychology Ph.D. programs are paid. Guaranteed funding differs by program (e.g. some programs only guarantee funding for Ph.D. students for a certain number of years). Temple University Psychology Department guarantees Ph.D. student funding for 5 years. Funding is earned through a teaching or research assistantship or a University-funded fellowship.
Resources for writing a CV
- Temple University career center
- Free resume and CV generator
- Google Drive Resume and CV templates
- Indeed career blog: what to include in your CV
- “How to write a clear, compelling CV” by Jay J. Van Bavel , June Gruber, Leah H. Somerville, Neil A. Lewis, Jr. (2020)
- For CV examples, check out SAN Lab’s “People” page!
Email template for reaching out to potential research advisors
Resources for developing research skills online for free
Literature Review and Scientific Writing
Data analysis and coding
- Swirl Stats: Learn R directly in your R console
- Code Academy R cheatsheets
- MarinStats video lectures on R
- R for Data Science online interactive textbook
- Introduction to R and tidyverse
- Troubleshoot R code with this R search engine
- Introduction to Python via Code Academy
- Python Documentation
- Introduction to HTML & CSS via Code Academy
- Free online textbook for learning Python : Automate the Boring Stuff
Graduate school application resources
Free online resources to study for the GRE*
- 2 full-length practice GREs from ETS
- The Economist GRE advice blog
- Kaplan sample GRE study schedules
- Magoosh study schedules
- Khan Academy Quantitative Reasoning concept review videos
- ETS complete Quantitative Reasoning concept review
- ETS past “Analyze an Issue” writing prompts
- ETS past “Analyze an Argument” writing prompts
- The Economist list of most common GRE vocabulary words
- GRE vocabulary stacks on Quizlet
*Not every program requires the GRE, and many programs are doing away with their GRE requirements.
Free online resources for writing Personal Statements:
- MIT’s Nuclear Science & Engineering Communication Lab Personal Statement suggested structure and tips
- Guide to writing a personal statement from Indiana University– Purdue University Indianapolis psychology advising office
- Purdue University Online Writing Lab Personal Statement guide
- “Kisses of Death in the Graduate School Application Process” by Drew Appleby & Karen Appleby (2006)