Undergraduate Research Opportunities

We are looking for dedicated and motivated undergraduate students interested in gaining research skills and experience as undergraduate Research Assistants (RAs). RAs will work closely with Dr. Buchsbaum and the lab manager, as well as other lab members and will be involved in all aspects of the research process. RAs will help with experimental and stimuli design, recruiting participants and collecting data, analyzing data, and literature reviews. RAs will participate in lab meetings, including discussion of current research issues and projects in the lab and discussion of the theoretical motivations of the studies students are working on. RAs with a programming or web development background may assist with the development of computational models of cognition and of web and computer-based experiments. RAs will be expected to work 8-10 hours per week including some weekends.

General Requirements
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • Able to pay attention to fine details
  • Experience working with children either formally or informally
  • Comfortable acting silly in front of both children and adults
  • Previous coursework in psychology, development, and/or cognition
  • In good academic standing
  • Able to commit at least 8-10 hours/week to the lab
  • Regular weekend and evening availability (to accommodate the schedules of parents and children)
  • Able to be available for blocks of 3-4 hours at a time for research during day time hours
Additional Requirements for Working with Dogs
  • Feel comfortable working with dogs and their owners
  • Experience working with dogs either formally or informally is highly encouraged
Additional Requirements for Working with Children
  • Experience working with children either formally or informally
  • Comfortable acting silly in front of both children and adults
Other Helpful Qualifications (NOT REQUIRED)
  • Willingness to commit to at least 2 semesters/terms in the lab
  • Prior research experience is appreciated though not required
  • Programming experience
  • Mechanical or electrical engineering skills (we’re always building new toys for our experiments)
  • Previous recruiting or customer service experience (either formal or informal)

How to Apply

To apply, please send an email with “Undergraduate Researcher” in the subject line to manager-buchsbaum@brown.edu including:

1. A brief cover letter explaining your interest.
2. A resume. Highlight your relevant experience and skills, especially research experience, experience working with children/dogs and computer/programming skills and experience.
3. An unofficial academic transcript.
4. Your current availability. This should detail the hours you will generally be available Mon. – Sun. (please do not include unavailable hours).


We are located in the Metcalf Research Building on the Brown University campus.

Address: 190 Thayer Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02912

Contact Us

Email: cocodev@brown.edu

Phone: 401-863-2070