Most research assistants in the Media Neuroscience Lab participate in data collection. Any given quarter we have several projects for which we are actively collecting data. This could range from running behavioral experiments in a computer lab to assisting in neuroimaging.
Often, research assistants in the lab are asked to assist graduate students and other researchers in gathering, reading, and summarizing research in the field. These reviews span a wide range of topics related to neuroscience, computer science, communication, and technology.
With the large quantity of data produced in the lab each quarter, research assistants are commonly asked to participate in assembling documentation for data collection protocols to make sure that all data are well organized and interpretable. Research assistants may also be asked to check data for errors or inconsistencies.
Research assistants in the Media Neuroscience lab can earn COMM-99 or COMM-199 course credit. If you are not a Communication student and you are interested in earning course credit for working with the lab, get in touch.
Research assistants in our lab often receive training in valuable skills, like data science, research methods, and writing. Returning RA’s may have the opportunity to launch their own projects for submission to conferences or for an honors thesis.
Serving as a research assistant is a great resumé builder to gain an edge in competitive graduate school or industry positions. Many RA’s in the lab receive letters of recommendation and other assistance in assembling application materials.