VCL Co-Pilots

Help science, learn how research works, prepare for a directed studies course.


To be a co-pilot, you don’t need to have any background in research and you can help out whenever you want. Co-Pilots sign a contract with the lab that lasts for a school term, with the possibility for renewal. Co-Pilots are often assigned to a particular project team, but can also remain unassigned. If you would like to join one of the 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:
    • Your resume/CV
    • A list of related courses you have taken so far
    • (Optional) The research projects you’re interested in (top 3 choices)