The Kindergarten Readiness Research Program

The Kindergarten Readiness Research Program provides a number of research opportunities for students interested in working with young children in a classroom setting. We are interested in connecting with new, current and former students. 

New students


Current Students


We are seeking undergraduate research assistants!

If you enjoy working with children and are interested in gaining valuable research experience, please consider this opportunity. You will work closely with a team of undergraduate and graduate research assistants on several school readiness research projects (led by Dr. Megan McClelland). This is an unpaid opportunity, however students may sign up for research credits. Position requirements are outlined below:

  • Available 6-9 hours per week (in blocks between 8-12pm and 12-3:30pm)
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA with courses in HDFS (and/or experience working with young children)
  • Interest in working with young children
  • Speak Spanish (*Preferred, not required)
  • Interested in working for more than one term

* If you would like to be considered for future opportunities, please complete our undergraduate research assistant application, and we will contact you if there is an opening on our research team.


What does it mean to work as a research assistant with us?

As a research assistant, your work will be very similar to other job experiences you may have already had. We meet as a group every week during the term (usually on Mondays), and have weekly (rotating) schedules for data collection. First, you will attend a series of trainings to learn about what we do and how to give standardized assessments. Then, you will have the opportunity to help with multiple aspects of the research project including data collection, data entry and organizing project materials. Prior to your start date, we meet with you to discuss the best days and times for you to commit to the project. We also discuss the specific requirements that need to be filled prior to starting work on the project. On days that you are scheduled for data collection, you will meet in our building and carpool with a graduate research assistant to data collection sites.


What are some benefits of working as a research assistant?

There are a number of benefits to being involved with a research lab as an undergraduate. A few are highlighted below:

  • You will be eligible to register for research credits (HDFS 401). Research credits will show up on your transcript and are particularly beneficial if you plan to apply to graduate school.
  • You will have the opportunity to connect with current graduate students and learn about the application process.
  • You will learn about the research process. Typically, there are opportunities to engage in data collection, data entry and recruitment.


Undergraduate Research Awards Program (URAP) :

If you are currently a member of our research team (and have worked with us for at least one term), please consider applying for the URAP . These programs provide small stipends to students who are engaged in research activities and who are interested in collaborating with a faculty member to answer a research question. Dr. McClelland has worked with a number of students on these projects and is happy to discuss which program would be a good fit for you.


Kindergarten Readiness Alumni

Undergraduate research assistants are an integral part of the success of our research program. Many former undergraduate research assistants have gone on to enter graduate school in research programs such as human development and family sciences and developmental psychology. Others have completed master’s level programs to earn teaching degrees.