Undergraduate Volunteers

We welcome talented and motivated undergraduate students to join our lab as Research Assistants and gain hands-on experience in the field of developmental psychology. Students who have completed relevant coursework in psychology, cognitive science, or human development and who have experience working with children will be given priority.  

Research assistants can expect to participate in recruiting and scheduling child participants and their families; assist with data collection in the lab and at local preschools, daycares, and museums in the San Diego Area; enter and code data; design stimuli for new projects; and participate in weekly lab meetings.  

Academic Year Research Assistants: we ask that you commit to a minimum of 10-12 hours per week with a 3-quarter minimum commitment. The first quarter will be served as a volunteer, with the option of moving into a PSYC (or COGS) 199 position in the second and third quarters.

Summer Research Assistants: we ask that you commit to a minimum of 20-40 hours per week. At this time, we are not able to offer pay, though you will have the opportunity to be heavily involved in all aspects of research in the lab. 

Logistics/Hiring Information

All research opportunities for UC San Diego undergraduates will be posted quarterly through the REAL Portal. Check in there for ELC Lab Volunteer/199 positions, and feel free to contact the ELC Lab Coordinator, Nicky Sullivan (elclab-coord@ucsd.edu), with any questions!

Non-UCSD students interested in volunteering with the ELC Lab (i.e. over Summer Term) should contact the ELC Lab Coordinator,  Nicky Sullivan (elclab-coord@ucsd.edu), with a copy of their Cover Letter, Resume, and Transcript.

UCSD Undergraduate Student Resources

  • Find out more information about UCSD's Psychology program here
  • Learn more about UCSD's undergraduate Psychology Honors Program here