Dear Honors College students:
I'm looking for three student research assistants to assist with forensic psychology laboratory experiments this fall, in return for 3 credits in Psychology or Criminal Justice. You'll work on one project. In the study, we will be examining jurors’ perceptions (e.g., witness credibility and verdict decisions) of the introduction of police officer body-worn camera footage into court cases. The research is tied to an actual case and could be used to explain what happened in the case. I am willing to supervise Honors CAPSTONE project completion as an aspect of your participation as a research assistant.
You would work under my supervision and in conjunction with my research collaborators, Dr. Bette Bottoms and Kelly Burke. You’ll be expected to participate in various aspects of the work and to attend bi-weekly lab meetings. The work involves helping to conduct experimental sessions, preparing materials for sessions, data entry using the SPSS program, verifying data that has been entered, literature searching, filing data, etc. We train you for all tasks.
This experience will allow you to understand what forensic psychology and criminal justice research is all about, and help you decide whether you might like to pursue it later in your career. If research is for you, then this experience will prepare you for graduate school, but even if you aren't interested in graduate school, you will learn many generalizable skills and meet other researchers who can give you valuable advice.
Requirements: I am looking for smart, flexible, committed students who want to learn about research. You need to commit to at least 9 hours per week (3 credits of PSCH 396 or CRJ399 plus Hon 222 or 322). You can use your involvement as a research assistant for this study as an opportunity to complete your CAPSTONE project requirements.
You must be very reliable, very committed to scholarship, and very congenial in a teamwork situation.
If interested, copy, paste, and fill out the below application details and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or apply through my profile at the www.URE.UIC.EDU link.
Dr. Alana Saulnier
Year in school (i.e., freshman, sophomore, junior, senior):
Hours per week you can devote to the project, and generally what days and times you would be free to work (give all possibilities, as your schedule is important as we must be able to find times that match other research assistants’ free times and time we can use the laboratory to run sessions):
Are you eligible for federal work study? If so, would you like to apply to receive work study for this experience?
REASONS WHY YOU WANT TO BE A RESEARCH ASSISTANT ON THIS PROJECT:
REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TAKE YOU INSTEAD OF OTHERS:
HAVE YOU HAD ANY PRIOR RESEARCH EXPERIENCE OR RELATED COURSES (especially a research methods course such as 242)? IF SO, PLEASE DESCRIBE:
DO YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR INTEREST IN PSYCHOLOGY AND LAW OR CRIMINAL JUSTICE?
ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT GRADUATE SCHOOL? IN WHAT FIELD?
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO ADD?