Cognitive Science

Undergraduate Research Program

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Operation Twelve Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is a 22-week Research Experience for Undergraduates designed to engage students in diverse and exciting research in psychology, economics, biology, public health, global health, social sciences, cognitive sciences, behavioral sciences and neuroscience.

In particular, the URP seeks to increase the diversity of students successfully prepared to pursue STEM career pathways, and to recruit individuals from institutions with limited undergraduate research opportunities.

Applicants of any race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, dis/ability or veteran status are welcome. Students who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in social sciences, including students who are Hispanic/LatinX, Black or African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, American Indian or Alaska Native, and LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged to apply. Students who are first-generation, nontraditional, economically disadvantaged, veterans, or parents and students with disabilities are also strongly encouraged to apply.

DATES AND ELIGIBILITY

The following are minimum requirements to participate in this program. Most requirements must be met at the time you apply. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out.

Early November to Early April

Class Eligibility

Junior or Senior in an accredited College or University

Minimum GPA

3.00

Pre-requisite courses

Applicants must be majoring in and have a strong academic background in one of the eligible majors. Excellent relevant academic record required, and at least two years of university course work (high school AP credit does not count).

Eligible Majors

Cognitive Science, Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Neuroscience or any related discipline.

Language pre-requisites

English

INTERNSHIP GOALS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Goals

  • To familiarize students with the steps involved in developing a research project, from initial motivating ideas to a rough design, design of materials, pilot studies, draft final design, tuning of parameters, and execution of the experiment.

  • To familiarize students with methods used to study human information processing – including the use of reaction time and error measures.

  • To familiarize students with the problems of discovering patterns in the data. This will involve learning about the various data summarization and statistical analysis tools of human research.

  • To provide practical experience in carrying out research projects, analyzing data, and writing up and presenting results in meetings (including experience in using specialized tools at each stage of this process).

Responsibilities

  • Dealing with subjects

    • Informed consent forms

    • Talking with the subjects and answering questions. Formal feedback.

    • Handling subject payments when appropriate

  • Attending Lab meetings

    • General lab meetings are held weekly. Individual meetings between people involved in particular projects and the principal investigator are held weekly on a different day from the general lab meetings. All members of the laboratory, including staff and interns, are expected to attend all scheduled meetings.

    • Presentations at general lab meetings. Each lab member is expected to present a summary of a relevant research article at least once every three weeks. The presentation will summarize the main points of the article and its relevance to the work the student is conducting in the laboratory. Lab members are also expected to give periodic brief reports on the project on which they are working.

  • Readings and library research

    • A set of principle and secondary readings are provided at the start of the Internship. The principal readings are general articles on the theme of the laboratory’s work and interns are expected to have read them within a few weeks of starting their internship. Students are expected to become proficient in the use of the various library resources, including on-line materials.

    • Acquiring research skills

Students are expected to acquire certain research-related skills and in some cases will be aided in this process by lectures given by staff and by the PI. These include:

  • Appreciating the ethical issues in human research. All students are required to pass the Human Subjects Certification Program, an on-line course required of individuals running experiments involving human subjects. This is a requirement imposed by NIH and by the UC San Diego Internal Review Board.

  • Students will become familiar with a number of computer tools used in data collection, sufficient for using these tools, though not necessarily for programming new original experiments. These will include:

    • The use of computer based experiment-running software, such as VisionShell or rudiments of MatLab sufficient to appreciate how to explain requirements to our programmers and to make simple modifications to existing programs.

    • Students may also need to become familiar with the use of the ISCAN eye movement tracking equipment.

    • First-level knowledge of the use of tools for data-summarization, graphing, analysis, and presentation. These may include Excel, SPSS, PowerPoint and graphics software.

    • Acquiring experience in analyzing data and presenting results

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HOW TO APPLY

DEADLINE

Applications open on August 4, 2022 and close on September 22, 2022

  1. REVIEW THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Under Eligibility, you can find the minimum requirements for this program. Most requirements must be met at the time you apply. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at urp@operationtwelvelab.com

  1. SUMBIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION

Complete the online application. You may need to upload transcripts, passport photos, or other documents.