Are you interested in the areas of health disparities, identity development, or culture? If so, then HDCI Lab may be the right research space for you!
Those that work in the HDCI lab know that it involves much more than "volunteering". Everyone plays an active role on the research team. Team members contribute to all aspects of the research process including assisting with IRB application preparations, conducting experiments, interviewing, interview transcription, data coding and analysis, SPSS data entry, and developing research presentations and publications.
Those interested in joining the HDCI Research Lab as a Graduate Student should contact Dr. Dionne Stephens directly prior to applying. Dr. Stephens primarily serves as an advisor to doctoral students in the Developmental Psychology program. However, she serves on dissertation committees across disciplines, and several students from other departments have conducted their research studies in collaboration with the HDCI Lab. You can find more information about this on her Mentoring page linked below.
Graduate Student Mentoring
The HDCI accepts a limited number of undergraduate research assistants each semester. Acceptance into the lab is determined by the application content, HDCI lab space at the time of application, and the quality of the interview. After one semester of volunteering, students can register to take Independent Research course credits for their lab work, or begin working on an Honors Thesis Project (required for graduating with Honors in Psychology).
New HDCI undergraduate research assistants will undergo an orientation, attend seminars on research design and methodology and work directly on HDCI lab studies. Clearly, working in the HDCI lab involves much more than "volunteering"- you'll be an active part of a research team, and working on all aspects of the research process. As members of the HDCI research team are given significant levels of responsibility, volunteer research assistants must meet the following requirements for acceptance:
Undergraduate students interested in joining the HDCI Lab must complete this online application. To complete this survey you will need your current major and cumulative GPA , a schedule of your availability for the semester you hope to join us. In addition, you will be asked about your research experience, career goals and reasons why you want to join the HDCI lab.Online HDCI Lab Application
Once we have received your application, you will be contacted within two weeks to schedule a meeting with Dr. Stephens. During this period, applicants are encouraged to complete their CITI Human Subjects Certification.