Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Gender Development Study / Trans Youth Project

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Rachel Horton

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? 2-4 times per quarter

Direct supervisor of students:

Rachel Horton
Supervisor Title: Lab Manager
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

The TransYouth Project, lead by Kristina Olson, aims to help scientists, educators, parents, and children better understand the varieties of human gender development. We are currently leading the first large-scale, national, longitudinal study of development in gender non­conforming, transgender, and gender diverse youth. Part of this study involves interviewing families about their experiences surrounding social transitions. We are currently looking to have an RA help with transcribing and coding these interviews. In addition, RA’s may also help with other general lab tasks (e.g., data entry, participant recruitment, ect).

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Students work with the lab manager to create a 9 hr per week schedule that it convenient for them. Students will attend a 1hr lab meeting each week.
Student commitment: The commitment is 9 hours per week and we expect all assistants to spend at least 2-3 quarters in lab. Please email Rachel Horton at to apply.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
20 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
10 % database management 0 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
40 % encoding data 10 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
10 % library research 0 % running subjects 0 % histology
0 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
10 % recruiting subjects


Skills / Experience Preferred

English native speaker (for transcribing interviews). Basic knowledge of excel, experience interacting with children ages 2-12, experience interacting with parents, and any past experience with phone-based participant recruitment is helpful. Importantly, we are seeking resourceful, hard-working individuals with a passion for (or interest in learning more about) research and the research process.