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Joining the lab

As a graduate student

The University of Oregon offers a rigorous training program for students interested in careers in research. Graduate students in this lab have opportunities to pursue research on a variety of topics in the areas of emotions, interpersonal and self-perception, and/or personality (see the research page for details). You will be able to take advantage of a wide range of resources to support laboratory-based and field studies of individuals, dyads, or groups; computerized testing; experience sampling; Internet-deployed studies; and more.

Beyond just this lab, the Department of Psychology emphasizes collaboration and encourages students to work with multiple mentors. We have a number of outstanding faculty from a variety of different areas in psychology.

Application materials for the UO psychology graduate program are available on the department website. Prospective graduate students may be interested in this article, How to Apply to Graduate School, reprinted from the APS Observer.

Undergraduate research assistants

Thank you for your interest in joining our lab! Our success depends on the participation of bright and motivated research assistants, both current students and recent graduates. Work in this lab involves projects looking at emotions, social perception, and personality. You can read more about what we do on the research page.

As a research assistant, you will be an active team member in ongoing research. We conduct a variety of different kinds of studies, including both experimental laboratory-based studies of social interactions and field studies. Hands-on experience is the best way to learn more about how psychological research works and to get the experience necessary to pursue an advanced degree in the field.

The most important qualifications are a strong motivation to learn about empirical research and good organizational skills. Because of the amount of training necessary, you should be prepared to commit at least 9 hours per week for at least two quarters. Currently enrolled students can receive course credit. If all this sounds interesting to you, please contact Professor Sanjay Srivastava (sanjay at uoregon dot edu).


If you are interested in projects in the lab or if you have some ideas for collaborations, get in touch (sanjay at uoregon dot edu). The UO psychology department and Eugene more broadly provide a wonderful intellectual, social, and physical environment to support creative and productive scholarship.