Research Opportunities

Participant Pool

Sona Systems, is a web-based program for managing human participant pools.

Click here to log on to SONA and read about ongoing studies in the Department of Psychology. Read descriptions of each study and the qualifications for participation. You can sign up for a study if you meet its qualifications. If you don’t meet the qualifications, SONA blocks you from participating. SONA emails reminders about the times and the locations of studies, and lets your professors know if you fulfill your extra credit or course requirements.


Student – Faculty Research Opprtunities

Most faculty members in the Department of Psychology maintain active research labs. The following professors are recruiting students to join their research teams:

Dr. Dan Richard

Students interested in conducting research in the lab in the summer and fall can expect to work on projects related to meta-analysis, implicit stereotypes, or cultural influences on dealing with contradiction. There are several existing data sets that are available for additional analysis, and new projects that require student project leaders. Student can expect to serve as experimenters collecting data from college students and/or to conduct library research on existing research and meet weekly or as needed in research lab or with research teams.

Dr. Joseph Schmuller

I'm starting research projects in several areas of cognition: (a) reasoning, (b) memory, and (c) perception. I'm looking for students to run participants, gather data, and perform statistical analyses. 


Dr. Curtis Phills

My program of research is primarily driven by three questions:

  1. What types of biases (including prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination) are present in our society?
  2. How are these biases related to one another?
  3. How can we reduce them?

I am also interested in how biases develop and their impact on people beyond discrimination. For example, how is my self-concept, how I think of myself, affected by the biases people around me have against groups I belong to? How do the biases I have about other groups influence my self-concept? I've used social-psychological, social-cognitive, and psychophysiological methodologies to explore these questions.

Students that share an interest in these types of questions should contact me about potential research opportunities in my lab.