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Volunteer Research Assistants

The IRSJ Lab usually has a number of undergraduate students working as volunteer research assistants (RAs). These RAs play a vital role in our research and can be involved in many aspects throughout the research process. Some tasks that our RAs perform include: library research, assisting with the design and development of research materials, data collection and running participants, and data entry and coding.

We also regularly organize our Making Ends Meet (MEM) Poverty Simulator, which requires 20 RAs to act as service providers. MEM RAs are required to attend training meetings where they learn about the poverty simulator and the specific tasks they will perform during the simulator. In addition to these tasks, MEM RAs may also assist with room setup, participate on the MEM organizational committee, and engage in debriefing discussions about their MEM experiences. See Poverty Simulator for more information on Making Ends Meet.

RA positions require a time commitment of a minimum of 5-8 hours per week; however, a commitment of 8-10 hours per week is preferred. We are most interested in people who are able to commit to working with us for at least two semesters, although shorter commitments are acceptable for MEM RAs.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Psychology major
  • Completion of PSYC 201 and PSYC 210
  • Proficiencies in word processing, spreadsheet, email, and library searches
  • An interest in intergroup relations and/or issues in social justice
  • An interest in graduate studies
  • An ability to work independently as well as on a team

If you are interested in applying to be an RA in the IRSJ lab, please complete our RA application form. To complete your application, please email the IRSJ Lab Coordinator Nathalia Lee ( with a copy of your unofficial transcript and a resume/CV.