Current UK undergraduate students interested in completing a research assistantship (RA) with the HAMMER Lab to earn 1, 2, or 3 PSY 395/394 credits should complete the Lab Application and email it to Dr. Hammer. Qualified applicants will be invited for an in-person interview.
Dr. Hammer also offers UK undergraduates a therapy-skills-focused PSY 399/499 internship experience.
The HAMMER Lab members meet on Tuesdays from 4pm to 5pm. RA’s are encouraged to attend if their schedules permit.
What are the Unique Benefits of Being a HAMMER Lab RA?
Here are just a few of the benefits:
- Personal Attention: You will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one mentoring from Dr. Hammer (e.g., how to pick a psychology career, how to get into graduate school)
- Freedom: You can work when and where you want, because much of the work can be done on your personal laptop from home at any hour of the day. Some RA’s do all their work in their pajamas after 10pm (no joke).
- Flexibility: most projects have flexible deadlines, so if you happen to have a busy academic week with lots of tests and projects due, you will have the option make up your Lab hours the following week.
- Advancement: you will have the opportunity (if you desire) to take on more advanced projects after you demonstrate excellence with simpler tasks. For example, many RAs start doing annotated bibliographies and literature reviews by their second semester, experience which looks great on graduate school and job applications.
- Voice: you will have the opportunity to make your preferences known regarding what specific topics and tasks you’d prefer to get more experience with as a HAMMER Lab RA. We work hard to allow RA’s to get involved in a variety of projects and tasks so that they can grow into well-rounded graduate school and job applicants.
Learn more about the work and opportunities that RA’s have by watching this in-depth Introduction to the HAMMER Lab for Potential RA’s video.
Hint: If you watch the video on the YouTube website (by starting the video and then clicking on the “YouTube” icon in the lower right hand corner of the video window), you’ll be able to see a list of topics I talk about in the video description; clicking on a given topic will fast forward you to that part of the video. You are encouraged to listen to only the parts of the video that you’re interested in.