VCL Co-Pilots

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!

Application Steps:

  1. 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.
  2. Browse through our project pages and see if there are any projects you’d like to be a part of.
  3. Send an e-mail to with “VCL Co-Pilots” in the subject line, and make sure to include the following information:
    1. Your resume/CV
    2. A list of related courses you have taken so far
    3. (Optional) The research projects you’re interested in (top 3 choices)