Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved!

Positions are competitive and interviews are conducted on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in applying you should submit an application prior to the start (a few weeks before) of the semester. For summer internships contact the laboratory 3-6 months in advance.

Work-study: Students who are eligible for workstudy positions can work as research assistants for 8-10 hours/week.

Credit: Undergraduates and postbacs with excellent academic records can work as research assistants for credit (either supervised individual research or honors research). This translates into three credits (three hours per credit) for a minimum of 10-12 hours/week (plus attendance at lab meetings). We require that you volunteer for at least one semester at LIRSM before requesting credit.

Volunteer: LIRSM accepts volunteers. Volunteers are not restricted to Columbia University students. Volunteers usually work from 6-20 hours/week and, if successful, are given priority for work-study and paid positions when they become available.

Pay: For certain projects that require advanced skills, research assistants are employed as casual employees.

Summer Internship: If you wish to work in the lab during the summer, we ask that you secure funding via external fellowships or do so on a volunteer/credit basis. Part-time and full-time summer internships are available.

Doctoral students/Post doctoral fellows: If interested in applying as a doctoral student under the supervision of Dr. Purdie-Vaughns please visit the psychology department website. You do not need to contact Dr. Purdie-Vaughns to apply but many students do send personal emails. Please realize that we do our best to respond but, due to the volume of emails, we may not be able to respond to every inquiry. Doctoral students are being accepted for matriculation in 2014. If interested in post-doctoral fellowships please contact Dr. Purdie-Vaughns directly.

Interested? Complete an  application and email it to the lab at