Directed Studies


Directed Studies students…

  • Take priority over Co-Pilots in being trained in research activities
  • Must dedicate a minimum of 9 hours per week to lab

It is a good idea to apply for a Directed Studies position early – at least a term before the start of the course.

A Directed Studies student will have the minimum rights that a Volunteer does, but will have priority in using lab resources (participants, computers, statistical analysis advising, etc.) for research activities because they will have a deadline for submitting a final product to their course supervisor. A Directed Studies student must commit at least 9 hours a week to agreed upon lab duties.

For Directed Studies Students

We typically have THREE meetings:

  1. Beginning of the term, to go over the grading criteria in detail
    The title says COGS402 but we apply these rough guidelines for other courses as well.
  2. Midpoint meeting, to check up on your progress
    If things aren’t going as planned, we still have time to change course so you have a decent amount of material to cover on your term paper.
  3. End of the term, for you to make your case on what grade you deserve (as awkward as this sounds!)
    This is so that we can capture the truth, and write down evidence when we send in the evaluation over to the instructor.

For COGS 402 Students

Take a look at our COGS 402 FAQ page!

Application Steps:

*Please keep in mind we typically prefer Directed Studies students to begin with a co-pilot position with our lab however exceptions can be made.

  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
    • The research projects you’re interested in and why you’re interested in them