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Nov 17, 2014

The University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium Presents

Financial Planning for Children with Special Needs
-With Mark Friese (CSNA, CRPC) & Chase Phillips (CSNA)
-Saturday December 6, 2014, 10:00am-12:00pm, Lefrak Hall

Current Brain Research in Autism
-With Professor Elizabeth Redclay
-Saturday February 7, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm, Lefrak Hall

Responding to Disruptive Behavior in the Home Setting
-With Dr. Andrew Egel
-Saturday March 7, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm, Lefrak Hall

UMARC Movie Event & Guest Panel for Autism Awareness Month!
-Presenting The Story of Luke followed by a guest panel
-Saturday April 11, 2015, 2:00pm-5:00pm, Lefrak Hall

Apply to Join the Maryland Child and Family Development Lab!

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Maryland Child & Family Development Lab

Project Overview: Parenting Intervention This study is a randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of an attachment-based intervention called Circle of Security. The intervention is a 10-week parenting program for mothers of preschool children attending Head Start, which teaches the basics of attachment theory, as well as strategies for recognizing and responding to children's needs. The intervention also encourages parents to share their thoughts and feelings about parenting and their own childhood experiences in a therapeutic setting as a way to reflect on how those experiences relate to their current parenting practices. Data collection is ongoing, and will be continued until Spring 2015. Research Assistants would assist with a variety of tasks, depending on availability and interests. Some students may have the opportunity to accompany graduate research assistants to the Lab's playroom in Baltimore in order to assist with running participants, if interested.

-6 to 9 hours per week
-data entry and management
-data collection with mothers and children
-coding videotaped interactions

-3.0 minimum GPA
-Someone with a car is preferred

How to Apply:
If interested, please go to to complete the online application. The link is located on the right hand side under the heading "Research Opportunity."

Questions and Contact Information:
Name: Jason Jones

Become a Research Assistant in the Social and Moral Development Lab!

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Social and Moral Development Laboratory
Dr. Melanie Killen

The Social and Moral Development Laboratory has several active research projects involving children and adolescents. Research Assistants learn about the process of research, read the literature in developmental psychology, meet with a research group once a week (with the supervising professor), and learn how to enter and analyze data from interviews and surveys! This lab's projects involve topics related to social and moral development such as children’s understanding of social inequality, fairness, merit, ethnic and racial identity development, social exclusion, peer relationships, intergroup relations, prejudice, bias, and stereotyping.

-10 hr/wk (3 units)
-attend weekly lab meeting
-data collection
-transcribing interviews
-coding transcriptions
-data entry

-3.2 GPA minimum
-Interest in developmental and social psychology
-2 semester commitment (preferred, not required)

How to Apply:
If you are a University of Maryland, College Park, undergraduate student interested in joining our lab as a Research Assistant, please fill out the application and email it to along with a copy of your unofficial transcript and your resume. The application form is located on our website:

Questions and Contact Information:
Name: Michael Rizzo

Apply to Work in the Child Development Lab with Dr. Fox!

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Child Development Lab

The Child Development Lab, under the direction of Dr. Nathan Fox, is currently seeking a highly motivated and extremely dependable student for the Spring semester. PSYC 479 credits available. This student will work on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, which is a randomized control trial of foster care involving infants and young children in Romania. For more info about this project, visit:

Requirements and Responsibilities:
-Prereq: PSYC 200
-3.0 GPA
-9 hours per week
-4 semester commitment (including paid summer 2015 internship)
-Data entry and review

-Organizational skills
-Attention to detail
-Commitment to the accuracy and completeness of data
-Familiarity with SPSS Statistics preferred
-Sophomore or junior status

How to Apply:
If interested, please send your resume, unofficial transcript, and Spring 2015 class schedule to Leanna Papp at Application deadline: January 1. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Questions and Contact Information:
Name: Leanna Papp

Lab of Early Social Cognition Research Assistant Position!

Research Assistant Position  
Lab of Early Social Cognition

The Lab or Early Social Cognition, directed by Dr. Jonathan Beier, is looking for a motivated undergrad Research Assistant to aid in essential lab duties starting immediately. The individual chosen for this position will start as a recruiter and gradually work their way to running studies, coding data, and assisting with study design. Preference will be given to students who can commit to working in the lab during Summer 2015. The lab investigates social and cognitive development in infants and young children using methods such as eye tracking and live-action behavioral assessments. The lab also conducts studies with adults to examine social and cognitive processes over time.

-10 hours per week
-Commitment to working Summer 2015
-Start immediately (Fall 2014 semester)
-Contact families in the area to participate in studies
-Schedule families to come into the lab
-Update database
-Keep track of study qualifications criteria

-Strong academic standing
-Attention to detail
-Professionalism and strong communication skills

How To Apply:
Download an application on the lab’s website ( and email the completed application to the Lab Manager, Emma Larson, at

Nov 14, 2014

Build your scientific skills as a Maryland Summer Scholars Researcher!

Francis DuVinage, Director – Elizabeth Mackenzie Tobey, Coordinator –

The Maryland Summer Scholars Program (MSS) provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to spend the summer working closely with faculty mentors on ambitious research or artistic projects. Maryland Summer Scholars research may take place in College Park or anywhere in the US or abroad as required by the nature of the project. For the summer of 2015, the program will provide awards of $3,000 to approximately 30 outstanding, competitively selected applicants. [Please note: if your proposed research requires travel outside of the College Park area, you may apply for a supplementary travel award of up to $1,000.]

Students who carry out Maryland Summer Scholars projects gain a competitive edge when applying for graduate study, fellowships, employment and other competitive opportunities. Many Summer Scholars turn their research into an independent study or honors thesis during their junior or senior year.

Who can apply: You are eligible to apply if you will have completed at least two full semesters (and 30 credits) by the end of Spring semester 2015, if you have a GPA of at least 3.4 at the time of application, and if you will be enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park, in Fall 2015. All academic majors are eligible.

Application Deadline: The deadline to apply for summer 2015 awards will be midnight on Sunday, February 8, 2015. It is important that candidates begin developing their proposals as soon as possible.

The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research will hold numerous information sessions about the summer 2014 MSS program. Please note: All information sessions will be held in 2100 D in McKeldin Library. Click on this link for a list of information sessions:  Please reply to
indicating the session you plan to attend as space is limited (if you are interested but cannot attend reply to the same address to be notified about additional sessions).

Nov 13, 2014

Become a Research Assistant for the Center on Young Adult Health and Development!

The School of Public Health’s Center on Young Adult Health and Development is looking for a paid hourly research assistant to help with the operations of two projects: a large-scale, NIH-funded research study on the health-related behaviors of young adults during a critical life transition (The College Life Study) and a statewide collaborative project on reducing drinking and alcohol-related problems among college students. We are looking for a motivated, responsible student who is able to commit to working with us for at least the next two semesters.


Literature review and management, online research, communication with study participants, quality assurance, document scanning, data entry, cleaning, and verification, and other tasks as assigned. There is the potential for collaboration with the center’s Director, Dr. Amelia Arria, on peer-reviewed academic publications. The student will work 10-15 hours per week.

How to Apply:
Submit your resume and a brief letter of interest by Sunday, November 23rd to Brittany Bugbee, Recruitment Coordinator, at

For more details about the Center, visit our websites at,,

Come hear PSYC Professor Dr. Wessel speak at the BSOS Brown-Bag Event on Monday, November 17!

Dr. Jennifer Wessel 
Monday, November 17, 2014 
10:00am - 11:00am (Complimentary Breakfast) Location: 2141K Tydings Hall (Dean’s Conference Room)
RSVP Here!

The next event in our Brown-Bag Event Series will be happening Monday, November 17 with PSYC professor Dr. Jennifer Wessel. If you're interested in learning about research opportunities, pursuing a PhD, or just want to grab some breakfast while getting to know your UMD faculty, then this is the event for you!

Dr. Wessel will be available to answer a wide range of questions, from her path to becoming a professor of psychology, to ways of maximizing resources allotted to make one a more satisfactory graduate school candidate, to what areas of psychology to specialize in, and much more. Dr. Wessel is an assistant professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on diversity in the workplace and has been published in journals such as the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and others. She currently teaches undergraduate Social Psychology and a graduate course entitled Diversity in Organizations.

Want to give your Grad School applications a boost? Publish your research in UCLA's Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology!

Have you conducted in-depth research as an undergraduate psychology major at the University of Maryland? Consider
submitting your research for publication in the Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology! Publishing a scientific manuscript brings you into a conversation happening between many members of the scientific community throughout the world every day. Everyone has a different opinion and unique perspective to share in this conversation, and together we are aimed at learning step by step to understand and predict the human and non-human world. This is science. The Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA (URJP at UCLA) encourages you to join this conversation by publishing clear, inspiring, and accessible scientific content that expresses your unique, objective perspective. As you publish your submissions, also consider that you are writing to welcome your peers, and people of all ages and backgrounds to join the conversation as well.

For more information on the submission criteria for the Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology go to the following link:

Research Assistant positions with the Motivated Cognition Lab!

Research Assistant Positions
Motivated Cognition Lab

The Motivated Cognition Lab is seeking highly motivated, passionate, and hardworking undergraduates to join the lab as research assistants.

-research design
-data collection
-subject running
-literature reviews
-data entry

Please email resume, unofficial transcript and days/times you are available to work to

Nov 11, 2014

Spring Research Assistant positions in the Interpersonal Relationships Lab!

Interpersonal Relationships Lab 
Research Assistant Positions 
Spring 2015

The Interpersonal Relationships Lab (directed by Professor Ed Lemay) is looking for motivated undergraduate Research Assistants to aid in a variety of lab duties including running data collection sessions and video coding for next semester (Spring 2015). This lab examines social interactions, communication, perceptions and personality differences within close relationships including romantic couples and friendships. *Can work for credit (Psyc 479) or volunteer*

· 10 hours per week
· Aid in running participants in a variety of studies
· Coding video recorded interactions

· Reliable and organized
· Interested in subject matter/research
· Strong academic standing
· Able to maintain professionalism with participants

How To Apply:
If you are interested, please contact Heather Muir (Lab Manager) for more information and an application at

CESAR Research Assistant position for Spring 2015!

Undergraduate Research Assistant position 
(unpaid, PSYC 479 credit option)
Spring 2015 
Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)
University of Maryland, College Park
Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 
12:00 pm
The intern’s primary responsibilities will be to assist with a variety of community-based/outreach projects, as well as substance abuse focused research projects. Students can participate in one or more of the following projects depending on the amount of time committed. No prior research experience is required.

Community-Based Projects/Outreach
· Maryland Community Services Locator (MDCSL): Funded by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, CESAR is working to develop and maintain its free online service locator tool ( that houses information for almost 9,000 social service, health service and criminal justice programs statewide. Students can participate in conducting telephone surveys with community providers, data maintenance and updates using Microsoft Excel, and community outreach at resource fairs.

· CESAR FAX: The weekly CESAR FAX publication provides a concise, one-page overview of a timely substance abuse issue. Students can be involved with all aspects of writing this publication.

Research Projects
· Community Drug Early Warning System (CDEWS): With funding from the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), CESAR is conducting ongoing studies to assess trends in offender drug use in the United States. Expanded drug testing panels are being used to screen existing urine specimens from individuals under drug monitoring as part of the criminal justice system. Students can participate in data collection, analysis and report preparation as part of this study.

· National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS): Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the NDEWS project is an innovative public health surveillance system designed to identify new drugs and drug trends as they emerge. The project will focus on new drugs, such as synthetic cannabinoids (e.g., Spice/K2) and designer stimulants (e.g., Molly), and changes in the use of more traditional drugs such as heroin. Students may be involved with NDEWS in several ways, including assisting with news scans, website updates, analysis of social media scans and data collection and analysis.

· Substance Abuse Prevention Needs Assessments and Program Evaluations: The primary project tasks include conducting local substance abuse prevention needs assessments and program evaluations. These projects were implemented as a part of local initiatives to prevent underage drinking, substance abuse, and risky sexual behavior. Students can participate by assisting with data entry, checking and analysis using Microsoft Access/Excel. Students can also assist with developing data tables for report preparation.

· The Intersection of HIV Risk Behavior and Violent Victimization among Black Male Victims of Violent Injury: This study involves ethnographic interviews with African American males from the Prince George’s Hospital Center trauma unit who have sustained violent injury (gunshot wound, stabbing, or violent assault) to examine the hypothesis that those who experience violent victimization may engage in HIV risk behaviors. Students can participate by transcribing ethnographic qualitative interviews with African-American male victims of violent injury.

No prior research experience required. This candidate must have strong attention to detail, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills. Preferred skills: interest in substance abuse/health research, knowledge of Microsoft Excel and/or Microsoft Access, experience working with community service providers.

Hours: 10 hours/week minimum. Ability to commit to a greater number of hours a plus!

Compensation:  This is an unpaid research assistant position open to undergraduate students only and may be used to earn BSOS, HLTH, or CRIM internship credit (3 credits). These credits may be used to fulfill elective credit requirements.

How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to Amy Billing at

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, November 25, 2014 @ 12:00 pm.