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Interested in Infant Development Research?

The Georgetown Early Learning Project is looking for motivated graduate and undergraduate students to participate in our research. Our lab is very interested in taking on enthusiastic and intelligent students who want to join us in the investigation of infant learning and the development of infant memory. Specifically, we seek students who are hard working, outgoing, and excited to interact with babies and their families. Any prior experience in research or in working with children and parents is a plus.

Our lab is a busy one. As a new team member, you will be trained on how to recruit new infants, collect data by visiting infants in their homes, code and interpret the data. You will also have the opportunity to present our project’s findings at professional conferences.

If you are interested in joining our lab, please call us at (202) 687-6988, email Professor Barr at rfb5@georgetown.edu, or stop by the lab. We are located in White-Gravenor Hall, 413.

Info for Undergraduate Students

As an undergraduate research assistant, you would be trained on lab organization, basic recruitment procedures, coding and analysis of our data. Because of the nature of this research training, we ask you to make a two-semester commitment to the Project. You would also have the opportunity to visit infants and toddlers ranging from 6 months to two years of age. In addition, you would work on other projects such as website maintenance and development and conference presentations, which are integral to disseminating information about our studies to others in the field and to participants families. All students participating in the Project attend weekly lab meetings to review overall progress and plan for the following week’s work. The first step to getting involved is by sending us an application, which can be found here.

There are three ways to get involved:

Research Assistantship

As an undergraduate research assistant, you will be involved in the project as an extra-curricular work opportunity through the Georgetown University Research Opportunities Program (GUROP). You should expect to devote at least 7 hours per week to training and work in the lab, baby visits, and lab meetings (as described above) with all team members. Upon completion of at least 70 hours of involvement per semester, you will receive a Georgetown Undergraduate Research Assistant notation on your transcript. GUROP students are also eligible to compete for a Summer Research Fellowship. For more details on this option, please visit the GUROP website.

Research Tutorial

As a tutorial student, you will be involved in the Project as part of your coursework in psychology. You should expect to devote at least 9 hours per week to training and work in the lab, baby visits, weekly meetings with Professor Barr, and literature review. Professor Barr will work with you to set individual goals that are tailored to your background and interests. Upon completion of the tutorial, you will be awarded three credits and the appropriate course grade on your transcript.

Psychology Department Honors Program

In their junior year students may apply to participate in the Psychology Department honors program.Click here for more information.

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Info for Prospective Graduate Students

Our lab is looking for enthusiastic and intelligent new graduate students who want to join us in the investigation of infant memory. Ideal candidates are students who are interested in studying learning and memory, working with infants, and have research experience. Students collect data by visiting infants in their homes and are expected to present current data at one or two conferences each year. Your graduate research in infant cognition will be complimented by a strong graduate training program.

If you are interested in joining our lab, please call us at (202) 687-6988, rfb5@georgetown.edu, or feel free to stop by. We are located in White Gravenor Hall 413.

The graduate program in Developmental Science has two tracks, Public Policy and Cognitive Neuroscience. These tracks draw on the strengths of both Georgetown University and the Psychology Department. Graduate courses will be available to students not only in the Psychology department but also in the Department of Neuroscience and the Department of Public Policy. Please contact the psychology department office, 202-687-6042 or go to the psychology department website for additional information about requirements for admission and core courses.

 

 

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Info for Undergraduate Summer Research Assistants

As an undergraduate summer research volunteer, you would be trained on lab organization, basic recruitment procedures, coding and analysis of our data. Because of the nature of this research training, we ask you to make a strong time commitment to the project, either full-time for 4 weeks (40hrs/week) or part-time for 8 weeks (20 hrs/week). You would also have the opportunity to visit infants and toddlers and preschoolers. In addition, you would work on other projects such as website maintenance and development and conference presentations, which are integral to disseminating information about our studies to others in the field and to participants families. All students participating in the Project attend weekly lab meetings to review overall progress and plan for the following week’s work. The first step to getting involved is by sending us an application, which can be found here.