Undergraduate Research Labs

SPONSOR: Dr. Maurice Elias

Dr. Elisa Shernoff in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, is developing Interactive Virtual Training (IVT), a video game training model in which early career teachers working in high poverty schools can improve their behavior management skills with disruptive avatars in a virtual training environment.


We are currently recruiting undergraduate research assistants to play a vital role in implementing this project in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, computer scientists, engineers, and designers.

Research assistants will:

  • Gain hands-on experience conducting research in schools to help teachers learn strategies to respond to disruptive student behaviors
  • Learn research-based practices to manage disruptive behaviors in classrooms
  • Work with a dynamic team of interdisciplinary researchers, psychologists, and computer scientists

What are the training opportunities and responsibilities for research assistants?

  1. Conducting classroom observations in high poverty elementary and middle schools.
  2. Data entry, management, and analysis in both quantitative and qualitative research methods in addition to conducting literature reviews.
  3. Faculty mentoring on developing research skills, applying to graduate school, and scientific writing.
  4. Approximately 8 hours per week of lab-based work and attending monthly lab meetings and trainings. 

Can I earn course credit?

Students can earn course credit for their work by registering for PSYCH 391/392 or PSYCH 495/496. Students can also volunteer in our lab.

What are the procedures for applying?

Summer 2018 position deadline: Friday, April  22, 2018 by 5pm
 Fall 2018 position deadline:  Friday, June 1, 2018 by 5pm

 [ Application Form available on undergradforms page]

Send the completed application, a copy of your most recent transcript, and a current resume to Zainab Bibi, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis (we will review applications and begin interviewing as we receive applications).


Undergraduate Office
(848) 445-4036
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Undergraduate Vice Chair
Professor Judith Hudson

Associate Undergraduate Vice Chair
Professor Linnea Dickson

Director of Advising
Professor David Wilder

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