Student Opportunities

Interested in gaining experience with research in our lab?

We are NO LONGER accepting applications for research assistants for Fall, 2019-2020, as of August 30th, 2019. Please check back later in the semester for additional postings when positions become available.

In order to be considered for a research assistant position, please check our requirements on the Lab Application, then fill it out and email it to: Yuri Miyamoto

To start in the Spring semester, please apply by the end of November. To start in the Fall semester, please apply by the end of April.


Undergraduate FAQs

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What is the lab like?

Traditionally, our lab is a small lab with lots of interaction between faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students who share a common interest in culture.

A Research Assistant in our lab runs participants and enters and codes data for an assigned project. (Projects can be paper or computerized surveys, or behavioral studies.) They are expected to work 9hrs/wk between the hours of 9am-6pm Mon-Fri.

Research Assistants in our lab attend outings to cultural events together throughout Madison. They also gain research experience on a project that may assist them in their applications to graduate school or study abroad programs, among other things.

Who is qualified to work in the lab?

We require a minimum 3.0 GPA to join our lab. Also, only students who are interested in working in our lab for at least 2 semesters will be considered. While having taken 225 is highly preferred, it is not always necessary.

How do I apply to work in the lab?

A brief application form is attached. If you are interested in a research position, fill out the application and email it to by the end of April (for the following Fall semester) or the end of November (for the following Spring semester).  If you have any questions, please email to ask. To see if you would be a good fit working in our lab, it’s a good idea to check our recent publications and determine if your recent interests would align with our lab’s.

Can I work for pay or credit?

Students typically work for 3 credits, which is roughly 9 hours a week.

What does a Research Assistant do in the lab?

Research Assistants help with planning studies, recruiting participants, running experiments, entering and coding data, and participating in discussions. In addition to experimental duties, Research Assistants also must attend lab meetings and present their experiments to the lab at the end of each semester.