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Kenneth H. Rubin
Department of Human Development & Quantitative Methodology
3304 Benjamin Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Information for Undergraduates
Undergraduate research assistants play a very important role in our research! RAs assist with data collection, data coding, and data analysis. RAs also attend weekly discussion-based lab meetings designed to promote critical analysis of the current social development research.
What can undergraduates can learn from this experience?
Aside from earning course credits, RAs can gain a lot from their experience in the lab! Through lab meetings and involvement in the data, RAs will become familiar with current research topics such as the following: social withdraw, the importance of friendship, the relevance of culture in the study of social behaviors, etc. RAs are exposed to a variety of research methodologies while working in the lab. RAs will receive training in an observational coding scheme related to assessing the quality of parent-child or peer interaction. RAs will have the opportunity to write, and present, a thesis designed to answer a research question related to one of the many studies the lab is involved in.
In addition to their data collection and coding experiences, all students in their senior year will be required to complete a thesis research project. Although not all students in the course will be in an honors program requiring a thesis, it is nevertheless a lab requirement that each RA write a thesis proposal and a thesis prior to graduation.
Due to the heavy involvement RAs will have in designing and carrying out their thesis research project, it is important that all RAs commit to being in the lab for at least one full academic year. It is suggested this first year of lab experience take place during the sophomore or junior year of undergraduate study.