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.
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:
* 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.
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.
There are a number of benefits to being involved with a research lab as an undergraduate. A few are highlighted below:
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 or URISC. 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.
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.
If you are alumni (undergraduate or graduate level) of our Kindergarten Readiness Program, please consider taking a moment to complete a quick survey to let us know how you are doing!