The SWELL lab’s team of highly-dedicated undergraduate research assistants (RAs) plays an essential role in conducting our research. Most of our RAs learn about our work by taking a class with Dr. Stinson, but others hear about our work through word-of-mouth or by reading this website. RAs have usually completed their first two years of University coursework, and they are often Psychology majors. Some students work with our lab on a single project for a few weeks, whereas others work in our lab on multiple projects spanning two or more years.
What Do Research Assistants Do?
- Collect survey data from participants
- Code video, audio, and text
- Enter data into spreadsheets
- Help organize and co-ordinate studies
Why Become a Research Assistant?
- Learn about research and graduate school
- Get reference letters from professors
- Gain valuable research experience
- Make departmental contacts
What are Characteristics of a Good Research Assistant?
- Interested in our research in social psychology
- Reliable, motivated, conscientious, flexible
- Good time management
If you would like to apply to work as an RA in the SWELL lab, please email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A brief cover letter explaining why you would like to work in the SWELL lab — a few paragraphs is long enough. Your letter should also include:
- your full name and V-number
- your email address
- your intended major
- your cumulative GPA
- your typical availability during the week (i.e., “I am usually free in the afternoons” etc) and how many hours per week you would ideally like to work
- whether you have taken any classes with Dr. Stinson, and if you have, a clear photo to help her remember you
- Your Resume
- Your unofficial UVic transcript