Are you interested in gaining practical research experience?
The School of Psychology offers a variety of possibilities for students who want to get some hands-on experience in the lab.
Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 students:
Students who would like to gain some insights into the work we do in the lab on a day-to-day basis are welcome to volunteer. Voluntary work is possible throughout the terms and also during the summer. It can involve designing experiments, running subjects, or data analysis. You might work on your own project, or help a PhD student/Post-doc with their projects.
What you need to do:
- Think about what kind of research you would like to learn more about (e.g., face or object recognition, motion perception, ageing, emotions).
- Look at the list of staff members to find a person whose research you are interested in. All staff members have a list of research interests on their school webpage and some even provide additional information on their personal webpages.
- Once you identified a potential supervisor, contact him or her to find out about opportunities and possible projects.
- In addition, there is a page with current projects for which you can directly and immediately apply for: Current opportunities.
Level 2 and Level 3 students:
There are several funding options available for summer internships. Those internships are mostly for Level 3 students but some also allow for applications from Level 2 students (deadlines are usually between January and March). Please contact the potential supervisor at least two months before the approximate deadlines to get the process started.
- BPS: Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme (~ March)
- Medical Research Scotland (~ February)
- Wellcome Trust: Biomedical Vacation Scholarships (~ February)
- EPS: Undergraduate Research Bursary Scheme (~ March)
- Carnegie Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship (April 1 each year)
- Applied Vision Association Bradshaw-Eagle Undergraduate Research Scholarship
- Equate Scotland (Careerwise)
In addition, the School of Psychology is funding a few Level 3 summer internships each year. Awardees will be chosen from students within the School of Psychology whose applications for the above schemes were unsuccessful.
Before you apply for any of the schemes, you need to contact a potential supervisor at least two months ahead of the deadline to discuss a project. He or she will be able to assist you with your application. Follow the same steps indicated for voluntary work above to identify a person you would like to work with. If you have any general questions, please contact Dr Madge Jackson.