Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Child Emotion Research Lab provides excellent opportunities for students considering careers in social neuroscience, child clinical, adult clinical, developmental, and school psychology; and for those considering medical training with an interest in child health and development.
Undergraduates interested in joining the Child Emotion Research Lab may apply by downloading and completing the form below (multiple formats are available).
Undergraduate education is a major part of our lab’s research mission and many UW undergraduates have been collaborators in our studies. We do not require any specific minimum GPA or any specific coursework or skills or experiences. There is a lot that you can learn through participating in the lab. What we do look for is a genuine interest in children and how humans develop, a commitment to applying oneself to learn more and contribute to our lab group, and a high level of motivation to make an impact in the lab and in one’s community.
Please note that children are in school most of the day during the week. Therefore, if you would like to be able to participate in our lab, you must be available during after-school and weekend hours, times when most children are available to participate in research. You are also required to attend our weekly lab meetings on Fridays 1:30pm-3:30pm.
Students interested in conducting a senior honors thesis in the lab must have completed at least two semesters of work in the lab prior to undertaking their thesis. We are extremely proud of the accolades collected by many of our undergraduate collaborators (click here for a list).
Please email us at ChildEmotion@waisman.wisc.edu with any questions.
Undergraduate Student Application
Applications may be submitted at any time. In general, applications are reviewed three times per year:
- Late March – April for Summer and Fall semester positions
- August (if Fall positions are still available)
- November – December for Spring semester positions
*All Spring 2024 positions have been filled.
*Applications submitted for Summer and Fall 2024 will not be reviewed until late March/early April.