Undergraduate students in the lab have a wide range of experiences— some have never done research before, while others have contributed to multiple prior projects. All students with all levels of experience are welcome to apply, and there are a variety of ways students can get involved, detailed below. Students are expected to come to the lab eager to learn; to have an interest in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field; to be responsible, punctual, and have good attention to detail; and to work well in a team environment.
Students can work in the lab in a variety of ways, including:
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
The UROP program is geared toward giving freshman and sophomore students their first introduction to working in a research lab. I regularly recruit students through the UROP program. Interested students should first apply to the UROP program, and then apply to work on specific projects in the lab listed in the UROP program booklet.
If funding is available, students can work in the lab in exchange for work study compensation. I do not currently have funding to support a work study student.
Independent Study Credits
Students can work in the lab in exchange for academic credit. There are different levels of independent study, depending on student experience and interests. Students interested in completing an independent study in the lab should review the information provided at the following site and then contact Dr. Duval to express interest. Please include a description of your research interests, your CV, and any other specified application materials for the credits you would like to register for.
Advanced students with prior research experience can apply to complete a senior thesis in the lab. Interested students should contact Dr. Duval at least two months in advance of the thesis proposal deadline, in order to discuss your research interests, the possibility of working in the lab, and to generate ideas for your thesis project.