We welcome both graduate and undergraduate students who would like to join our lab. Please check the appropriate sections below to see more information that's relevant to you.
PROSPECTIVE GRADUATE STUDENTS
Would you like to join the lab as a graduate student? We hope the following list of questions and answers will be helpful to you.
Q1: Will you be taking graduate students this year?
Q2: How do I apply?
A: If you are interested in starting graduate school in Fall 2016, please apply to the USC Office of Graduate Admissions. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the USC Department of Psychology website which provides lots of helpful information regarding admission, formal requirements, and financial aid.
Q3: What should I do to prepare myself for graduate school?
A: I highly recommend getting research experience as well as developing a good body of knowledge in social-cognitive development and social cognition more generally.
Q4: What do I need to do get in?
A: Put together the best application package you can. The admissions committee is looking for people with an excellent academic record, demonstrated ability, and match in research interests.
Q5. Do I need research experience to be accepted in graduate school?
A: It is very rare for people to be admitted to our program without some research experience. Research experience is important for a number of reasons. First, it helps you to find out if you really like research itself, and not just the idea of being a researcher. Second, it helps us to determine if you are actually good at it. Third, research experience is the best way to obtain contentful and informative letters of recommendation.
Q6: Can you tell me about the research projects you are working on?
A: The answer can be found here.
Q7: Can I come visit your lab to see what it is like?
A: If you are selected by the admissions committee, you will be invited to our departmental prospectives weekend, where you will get the chance to meet with scientists and staff, spend time with the graduate students and learn a great deal about what we do and what life here is like. So please apply, and if the admissions committee selects you, you will be invited.
Are you interested in joining our lab as an undergraduate research assistant?
We would love to have you join our team, but openings in our lab fluctuate based on availability and need. Although we may be at capacity, please do not let this deter you from contacting us. We can always add you to the waitlist for next semester if there is not a current need for help. Anyone who is interested in joining the lab as an undergraduate resesarch assistant should fill out this form, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.