Help science, learn how research works, and prepare for directed studies courses. Unlike volunteering, which requires a certain number of hours/week, you don’t need to have any background in research and you can help out whenever you want (no minimum hours!). Co-pilots may function within assignment to a particular project team or remain unassigned. If you would like to join one of the particular project teams (listed here), make this known during your initial interview. If the Co-Pilot position sparks your interest, please see the “Application Steps” section below.
Co-Pilot research activities include…
- (For Co-Pilots who remain unassigned):
- Coming in and observing experiments
- Shadowing the various elements of lab work (data entry, analysis, etc.)
- Attending our lab meetings / project meetings as a guest
- (For Co-Pilots assigned to a project team):
- Analyzing data
- Debriefing participants
- Reviewing literature
- Signing in the incoming participants onto our experiment management system (& detecting fraudulent accounts)
- Helping us out get more “media” into our website (pictures, videos… you can participate either by filming/taking photos or starring in one!)
- …And more!
- Take a look at our Orientation page to see if our lab philosophy matches yours and to get a rough idea on how our lab operates.
- Browse through our project pages and see if there are any projects you’d like to be a part of.
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “VCL Co-Pilots” in the subject line, and make sure to include the following information:
- Your resume/CV
- A list of related courses you have taken so far
- (Optional) The research projects you’re interested in (top 3 choices)