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Research Assistants

Research Assistants

Working with faculty on research can have a profound effect on students. Participating in research enables student to develop critical thinking skills and gain self-confidence as they learn to integrate theory and practice. The laboratory provides an active learning environment for students to gain understanding of behavioral science research as they assist Dr. Mize with her research. Some students may continue in the lab and be encouraged to explore their own interest and design an independent project. Research experience facilitates students finding a career path that will bring them joy and meaning. Read on to learn how you can join the dynamical research team working in the lab under the supervision of Dr. Mize.

What Is Directed Study (DS)?

In a 1 to 3 credit DS students are given the opportunity to work closely with faculty in research or other scholarly activities. As a Research Assistant in the ABCs of Psychology Lab, you will learn about conducting research in the behavioral sciences and will be involved in aspects of our studies that match your interests and educational goals.

What Are the Benefits of Doing a DS?

  • Learn more about topics that interest you such as development, emotions, social interactions, parental investment, neural degeneration, physiology, and genetics.
  • Get hands-on experience conducting scientific research.
  • Improve your chances of getting into graduate school.
  • Get experience and training that will benefit your future job searches.
  • Build a mentoring relationship that can lead to a strong letter of recommendation.
  • Have the satisfaction of knowing that you contributed directly to the scientific knowledge base in psychology.

Who Is Eligible for a DS?

Undergraduate students who have taken introductory courses to psychology and research methods. Contact Dr. Mize to determine if a DS with her lab is right for you.

How much work is involved?

Doing a DS is like having a job. You are expected to be responsible and professional in your attitude toward your work in the lab. DS students are required to work 3 hours per week for each credit hour for which they are enrolled.

What Is an Honors Thesis?

As an honors thesis student, you will be intensely involved in managing your own research project and writing a scientific paper. Completing an honor's thesis project will allow you to experience research in more depth than a DS and it may give your graduate school applications an edge over your competition. Please talk to Dr. Mize if you are a current Honors student and wish to complete an honors thesis project in the lab.

Who Is Eligible To Participate in the Honors Program?

Eligibility for the Honors Program is determined by the Honors College. Please review their website and talk to your Honors Advisor for more information. 

How Much Work Is Involved?

There is not a set amount of work associated with a thesis project because all projects are different. Students who are in the Honor's Track are expected to complete as many hours as needed to complete their thesis project.

How Do I Sign Up?

If you are interested in a DS or Honor's Thesis opportunity with the lab, email Dr. Mize at kmize@fgcu.edu.