Who can do research?
Everyone can apply to do research! Many courses at the 300-level are specifically designed to train you to conduct cutting-edge research.
If you are interested in learning more about research opportunities outside of the classroom, learn about the various research topics our faculty are studying.
Students across all classes get involved in research. Some faculty are looking to recruit first-year or sophomores while others request you wait until your junior year or take a specific course before engaging in research in their lab. Find out about specific opportunities and availability.
Do you have what it takes to do research?
It turns out you probably do! Conducting research is a skill you learn and often relies heavily on qualities and characteristics similar to other jobs.
Faculty are looking for students who:
- Ask questions and speak up when they are confused or don’t understand
- Show up on time reliably and are dependable in meeting deadlines
- Work well in a team Are comfortable making mistakes, facing setbacks, and overcoming failure
Faculty in specific labs are also looking for other more specific skills depending on the research. This may include a love of animals, strong interpersonal and communication skills, ability to follow a recipe, etc.
Which courses offer research opportunities?
Many courses in the Neuroscience and Behavior major include research skills. These are great ways to explore the world of research. Be sure to include the skills and activities you learn from these research opportunities on your résumé and cover letter to show how our program has prepared you for research.
Psych-350: Lab in Behavioral Neuroscience
- Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis using SPSS
- Rodent Behavioral Assessment - Elevated Plus Maze, Forced Swim Test, Social Approach
- Enzyme-linked Immunosorbant Assays (ELISA) and Bead-based Multiplex Assays
- Pharmacokinetic and dose response assessments
Are there certain courses required before doing research?
No, but every faculty member looks for different skills or requirements in a student researcher. Sign up to receive emails when faculty are looking to hire research assistants and learn more about who they are looking for. Or, you can email a faculty member in the department directly and ask them what they look for in a research assistant.