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Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Environmental Enrichment of Laboratory Monkeys

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Julie M. Worlein
Telephone: (206) 616-6142
Email: worleinj@u.washington.edu

Faculty Information

Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

Yes
If yes, how often? Bi-weekly

Direct supervisor of students:

Julie Worlein & Grace Lee
Supervisor Title: Research Scientist, Washington National Primate Research Center; Affiliate Assistant Professor in Psychology
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

The Behavioral Management Program oversees the application of the Environmental Enhancement (EE) Plan at the UW National Primate Research Center. This plan involves provision of toys, perches, food treats, social contact and other enrichment to laboratory monkeys (macaques and baboons) to promote their psychological well-being. EE Plans for nonhuman primates are required by Federal Animal Welfare Regulations. Dedicated 499 students assist Behavioral Management staff by making foraging enrichment items, assisting in observational data collection, and participating in discussions. Students will have the opportunity to learn about behavioral data collection methods and participate in ongoing Behavioral Management research projects.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Student commitment: 2 or more quarters required

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
15 % data entry 0 % video taping 30 % animal care
0 % database management 0 % interview subjects 55 % animal observation
0 % encoding data 0 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
0 % library research 0 % running subjects 0 % histology
0 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
    0 % recruiting subjects    

Other:20% prior to entry into any animal area, students must have a negative TB test, complete training on safety procedures and potential biohazards involved in working with nonhuman primates, and agree to comply fully with emergency, security and bio-safety procedures. Attend weekly meetings. Write a final report summarizing the quarter's activities; include copies of all data sheets used; due last instructional day of the quarter. Animal care: Making foraging enrichment treats for monkeys (e.g., frozen items). Animal observations: Assist in some observational data collection. Data entry: enrichment records, behavior observations.

Skills / Experience Preferred

Upper division standing required. Prior coursework in animal behavior or nonhuman primates, and previous experience in animal behavior observation preferred. Health insurance strongly recommended.