Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Child Development Research in a Science Museum

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Craig Maddox

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often?

Direct supervisor of students:

Dario Cvencek, Ph.D.
Supervisor Title: Research Scientist
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

499 students have a unique opportunity to play an important and active role in research taking place at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, at the "I-LABS Research" exhibit. This is a fun and interactive exhibit where children can play our research games with 499 students, and families can learn about developmental psychology and the scientific process. We study a range of cognitive–affective topics in children: gender stereotypes, race bias, self-esteem, etc. The primary responsibility of the 499 students would be to speak face-to-face with parents and children at the museum to recruit them for immediate participation in our study. 499 students will be trained to run the experiments themselves. Other tasks may include data entry and data management, and other research-related tasks that may arise later.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Flexible. A schedule will be made around the student's availability. One weekend day will be required every weekend.
Student commitment: 2-3 quarters

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
10 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
0 % database management 0 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
0 % encoding data 0 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
0 % library research 40 % running subjects 0 % histology
10 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
40 % recruiting subjects


Skills / Experience Preferred

This opportunity is for students who want hands on experience with data collection. To be successful, students must have good interpersonal and listening skills, and must not be shy about approaching people. The ability to speak comfortably with parents and children is very important. Experience with children is preferred.