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Student Research Assistants Wanted!

Here are some positions posted by faculty members looking for student research assistants.

Volunteer Research Assistant Wanted!

We are seeking a volunteer research assistant for the ERP (cognitive neuroscience) lab at John Jay.    In the lab we use EEG recording to study the underlying neural mechanisms of decision making and emotion processing.  We study adolescent brain development with a view to better understanding risk taking in this population and also how personality traits (such as psychopathy) affect decision making and emotional processing.  We are looking for a dedicated, detail-oriented Psychology major (with a 3.6 GPA or better) to help us with our studies. Duties will include recruiting and scheduling participants and data entry.  We will also train the research assistant to carry out EEG recording and data analysis. 

To Apply: Please send a statement of interest (explaining who you are, what days you would be available in Fall 2014 and why you want the position) and your transcript, to Dr. Jill Grose-Fifer.  This would be a great opportunity for someone who would like to get some research experience and plans to attend graduate school in the future.

Seeking a full-time Research Data Manager

The University of Maryland's Child Development Lab (http://www.education.umd.edu/EDHD/faculty/Fox/) is seeking a full-time Research Data Manager to work on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project which is a randomized control trial of foster care involving infants and young children in Romania. The project, now it its 12th year involves multiple types of assessments (e.g., questionnaires, behavioral observations, electrophysiology, MRI, genetics). The position is for a minimum of three years with an immediate start date.

Responsibilities include creation of new data files, organization and maintenance of existing data files, and documentation of new and existing data files. The data manager will be responsible for insuring the reliability and scoring of data as well as the creation of new data sets for project staff. The data manager will interface with the Project manager and the three Principal Investigators on a routine basis and will be involved in initiatives to improve the use and management of data and ensure data security, accuracy and quality.

This person should have at least a Bachelor's degree in Psychology or Statistics and good working knowledge of Microsoft Office software (spreadsheets & word processing programs) SAS and SPSS. Experience in exporting data for analyses, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and commitment to the accuracy and completeness of data is essential. Knowledge of developmental science and/or experience with longitudinal datasets is preferred.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV, and three references to Nathan Fox (fox@umd.edu). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Lab Coordinator: Temple University Infant and Child Lab

The Temple University Infant and Child Laboratory (TICL) at Ambler is seeking a laboratory coordinator, a position presenting rich and varied opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research in cognition and development. TICL is directed by Professors Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek and Nora Newcombe. Research concerns language acquisition, spatial learning, play and the arts, and memory development. The position is grant-funded and guaranteed for 1 year, but availability for 2 years is strongly preferred.

Lab Coordinator duties include:

• Management of day-to-day lab operations
• Recruitment and scheduling of children aged 2 months to 10 years
• Stimuli design and creation
• Data collection, coding, and analysis
• Presentation of findings at collaborative lab meetings and in federal grant reports
• Management of IRB protocols
• Research grants administration and accounting
• Hiring, training and supervising of research assistants
• Lab Coordinators also have the opportunity to collaborate in research that will be presented at conferences and published in journals.

Required qualifications:

• B.A. or B.S. in Psychology, Neuroscience, Linguistics or related field
• At least 6 months experience working in a research setting, preferably with infants and/or children
• Preferred qualifications:
• Computer skills and proficiency with MS Office
• Excellent interpersonal, leadership, writing, and organizational skills
• Ability to interact with a diverse population of participants
• Ability to travel to off-site locations that may not be accessible by public transportation
• Proficiency with SPSS, SAS, and/or R
• Proficiency in Spanish is a plus

If interested, apply directly through the Temple University Human Resources website, requisition number TU-17498. Please direct all application inquiries to the current Lab Coordinator, Shana Ramsook (kizzram@temple.edu). Applications will be reviewed as received.

Please visit (www.temple.edu/infantlab) for more information about the lab.

Students Needed for Research Team Studying the Effects of Implicit Biases on the Perceptions of Mental State at the Time of the Crime

Dr. Fondacaro is seeking undergraduate or MA students to join his research team as research assistants. Dr. Fondacaro's team is interested in studying the effects of implicit biases on the perceptions of mental state at the time of the crime. Students will be involved in conducting literature reviews, laying the design and methodological foundation of the study, creating stimulus materials, and collecting data. Position can be voluntary or serve as a course for academic credit.

Applicants should possess good time management skills, be self-motivated and should know how to use different databases. Interested individuals should email (1) a cover letter describing why you are interested in joining our lab; (2) CV or resume; and (3) unofficial transcript to Nikoleta Despodova (
nikoleta.despodova@gmail.com).

What Hate Crimes Can Tell us About Criminal Justice

The way society understands “justice” is reflected in the public discourse, political debate, and media coverage of crime, particularly crimes that involve assaults on members of minority out-groups—notably, the LGBT community, racial minorities, and non-Christian religious groups. Members of these groups are especially vulnerable to victimization motivated by "hate" or bias. The most recent development in criminal law related to these vulnerable populations is the concept of “hate crimes,” codified under state and federal anti-bias legislation. My project at the New Media Lab is an extension of my dissertation research, which examines the cultural landscape in which the concept of “hate crimes” has emerged. This label is a relatively new term used to describe the same violent behavior against minority populations that occurred before the label existed. The research explores such questions as, Why now? What is new about our understanding of the role of law and the goals of justice that created the backdrop for hate crime legislation? To answer these questions, this project takes an historical comparative look at three paradigmatic types of crime (lynching, rape, and attacks in places of worship) occurring before and after the civil rights era. Using case comparisons, the research attempts to understand the nature of justice by explaining the way we make meaning of violent crime and intolerance, and the legal protections given to individual identity, groups association, and personal freedom. Using a digital timeline to host historical data of text (news reports, congressional records, case transcripts), imagery (archival photos, videos), and sound (archival radio broadcasts), the case-study dyads will be expressed in digital form to track the changes in the public discourse and the larger cultural framework that have contributed to society’s intolerance for violent bias-crime. Interested students should contact Professor Roz Myers at
rmyers@jjay.cuny.edu to apply. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and a letter of recommendation upon application.

Research assistant wanted for Correctional Incident Database (CID) of Collective Violence, Homicides, Hate Crimes and Escapes

Dr. Jeff Mellow is seeking students to help develop the first nationwide Correctional Incident Database. Under the direction of Dr. Mellow and his research assistants, students will compile information from online media and governmental sources on prison and jail escapes. Training on CID's open-source search protocol and supervision will be provided by Dr. Mellow. This project allows for flexible working hours, with students working six to ten hours a week. If interested, please email resume or CV to Dr. Jeff Mellow (
jmellow@jjay.cuny.edu). Click here further information on Dr. Mellow and his research.

Student research assistants wanted for the Historical Memory Project (HMP)

The Project documents the history of war, genocide and military-civil dictatorships in the Latin American region. We are seeking bilingual (Spanish-English) students able to read and write in Spanish fluently and with an interest in human rights and/or Latin America. Should be self-motivated, able to multi-task, communicate effectively and meet project deadlines. Students in the following scientific and humanity disciplines are especially encouraged to apply: Sociology, history, political science, law with emphasis in international law, criminology, Latin American Studies.

The student will conduct research about Human Rights crimes, statistics, historical facts and narratives and disseminate findings, search bibliography in Spanish international data search, examine books, journals, newspaper articles and criminal court files, expand relationships and collaborations with local partners in various Latin American countries, perform digitization, transcription, and coding of data, help in the development of new courses related to the project's topics of interest (including but not limited to attending conferences, meetings, helping create syllabi, researching sources for course, etc.), have knowledge of statistical software (SPSS and/or excel), and update website (to be discussed).

We offer: Training on a critical research seeking to understand human rights crimes, opportunity to liaisewith scholars from around the world, opportunities to attend conferences at the United Nations, opportunities for co-publishing, and the possibility of stipend or scholorship support through the Office of Undergraduate Research. Interested students should contact OUR@jjay.cuny.edu to express interest.

Social Justice Sexuality Project

Professor Pastrana's research interests are in the intersections of race, sexuality, human rights, and social movement activism. He is a Co-Investigator of a multi-year, national research endeavor titled Social Justice Sexuality Project, which seeks to understand and build knowledge about the lived experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people of color in the U.S. Throughout, Professor Pastrana has connected with a vast number of leaders, organizations, and groups, and welcomes collaboration with John Jay students as research assistants. Some skills that you will develop include analysis of quantitative data and preparation of reports for various audiences (i.e., community partners, media professionals, as well as academic reviewers). For more information about the project, visit: www.socialjusticesexuality.com and contact Professor Pastrana directly via email.