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There are several options for gaining research experience in the PEP Lab


  • We are looking for highly motivated people to help us with a variety of research projects.
  • Tasks may include entering data, assisting during the laboratory sessions, serving as an experimenter, cleaning psychophysiological data, completing literature searches, setting up Qualtrics questionnaires, and a host of other duties.

Independent Study for credit (Psyc 395)

  • Independent study in Junior or Senior year
  • Only available for Fall and Spring semesters (e.g., summer sessions are not eligible)
  • We'll pair you with a lab member to get hands-on experience working on a variety of our on-going research projects.
  • For Psyc395 credit, you must have completed Psyc101 and 2 additional Psyc courses (at least one of which must be at the 200 level or above)
  • Application and interview are required

You'll find more information about the UNC Psyc 395 Requirements here

Honors Project

  • You must have been working in our lab (Volunteer or Psyc 395) for at least a year.
  • We can only accept a maximum of 3 Honor students per year. If you're thinking of doing an Honor's project, please let your mentor know by February.
  • For more information about the Psychology Honors Program including requirements and application, please visit the Honors Program website

Work Study

  • Students must be eligible for UNC or Federal Work-Study financial aid
  • $8.00 to $12.00 per hour depending on duties and experience

Requirements for joining the Lab

Availability: Our primary requirement is that you are available during the times when we will be collecting data. Different research projects are collecting data at different times, but we are often running lab sessions from 8:00 am through 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

GPA: To work in the PEP Lab you must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. This demonstrates that you are responsible in your studies. We expect you to be reliable and responsible and this is reflected in your GPA.

Commitment: Because of the training involved, we ask you to commit to working with us for at least two semesters or 1 year, for a minimum of 10 hours per week.