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UCI UNDERGRADS: THE CaML IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER RESEARCH ASSISTANTS TO JOIN THE LAB. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE TOPICS WE STUDY, AND ARE KEEN TO GET RESEARCH EXPERIENCE, EMAIL DR. SHARIFF AT afshariff@gmail.com.

Interested in joining the CaML? Great! We are always looking for interested, bright and motivated students at all levels of training. Some notes below for each of these levels.

PhD Applicants:

I will be taking at least one new student for Fall of 2017. The best way to get a sense of my current research interests is to look at our lab’s publications from the last two years. If your own interests overlap with these, I encourage you to apply. If you chose to do so, be sure to mention in your application:

(1) A few specific research questions you are interested in pursuing

(2) Any other departmental faculty members with whom you would also be interested in working

Finally, please carefully read the Psychology and Social Behavior department’s information about the doctoral application process.

The main criteria I use in selecting graduate students are fit, academic scores (GPA/GRE), research experience, intrinsic interest and maturity. Reference letters are weighed heavily. The Psychology GRE is not required (but is appreciated, as more information is always better). Best of luck with all your applications, and I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Honors Program:

Juniors who are PSB majors and fit the other requirements can apply to PSB’s Excellence in Research Program. I’ll typically advise one or two Honors students every year. I work closely with these students, and try to achieve a balance between encouraging them to develop an independent idea, and guiding them towards a project that is both interesting and important. For the 2016-2017 academic year, I will be looking for students who are interested in projects that fall under the following broad topics (a relevant paper or video is linked to each topic in case you want to get a better idea of the research):

If you are applying to the Excellence in Research Program and are interested in any of these topics please send me an email with 2 or 3 specific research questions that you might be keen to investigate.

 

Research Assistants:

The CaML has many volunteers helping with various aspects of conducting our research. The specific duties that a research assistant will be involved in depend on several factors including time commitment, experience, interest, motivation, and what is needed in the lab. These range from running participants through studies up to designing new studies and helping prepare manuscripts. Volunteering in a research lab is especially useful for those students who are planning to pursue graduate studies in Psychology. Indeed, having research experience is now virtually a necessary requirement of admission into a doctoral program in research psychology. The CaML is constantly looking for interested and motivated volunteers. If you are interested, please, please complete this brief survey which will ascertain information about yourself, your interests and your availability. Once you have completed the survey, please email Dr. Shariff at afshariff@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!