Information for Students

 

Each semester the Infant Cognition Lab hires undergraduate students as Research Assistants. Research Assistants get hands-on experience running experiments with infants and are a vital part of the lab’s operation. While our lab has undergone changes to adapt to the impact of COVID-19, we are striving to provide interesting and engaging experiences to our undergraduate RAs.  To see our COVID safety precautions, click here.

 

Students are trained to act either as experimenters or as observers during in-person experiment sessions, and as experimenters who conduct our Zoom-based research sessions. Research Assistants also help with other aspects of lab operations, including playing with children, coding videos, sending mail, and calling parents to confirm appointments.

 

The first semester a student works in the lab, they will receive Psych 290 credit; if invited back, they may elect to receive credit or hourly pay during subsequent semesters. Students working for Psych 290 credit receive 3 hours of credit for working 6 clock-hours per week. The lab typically operates during Fall and Spring semesters, and during Summer Session II.  Hours of operation are variable, but most shifts occur weekdays between 9am – noon or 3:30-6:30pm, Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons.

 

Students should contact the lab in advance of the semester during which they would like to work. The lab begins accepting Research Assistant applications for the Spring semester in November, and for Summer Session II and Fall semester in March. If you have any questions, please contact the Lab Coordinator, Melissa Yako, at infantlab@illinois.edu.