We encourage interested students to apply to participate in ongoing lab research projects within the Department of Psychology. You can start working in a research lab as early as your first semester at Columbia. No prior psychology coursework is required for most positions! We want to help you find a spot. Our main recruiting event, the Lab Preview, is held at the start of the fall term. At the Lab Preview, you will learn about psychology research opportunities for the upcoming semester. Most of the researchers at the Lab Preview will represent labs in the Psychology Department, but some will talk about psychology research being conducted in other departments.
Participating in research can be an important part of your undergraduate experience, and it is especially important if you are thinking of applying to graduate school in Psychology, Neuroscience, or related fields. By joining a lab, you can see how research is conducted -- how ideas are developed, how data is analyzed, and how presentations are put together for conferences and publication. If you are involved in a lab for the long term, you may even contribute to a project that enables you to present your findings, attend conferences, and even be a published researcher yourself. Some students volunteer or find work-study positions as research assistants. After they've established a connection to a lab, students wishing to receive course credit for their research can also sign up for PSYC UN3950 Supervised Individual Research with their Principal Investigator (PI), if the PI is a professor in the Psychology department. Students may also wish to apply for the new Senior Thesis Advanced Research program, a three-semester program of coursework and research in a laboratory.