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ENERGIZE Research Initiative

The ENERGIZE Psychology Research Initiative helps connect students with meaningful research lab experience during their undergraduate career.  We hope to ENERGIZE your interest in scientific psychology.  Also, participating Psychology labs are committed to ENERGIZING their research by recruiting lab members who will bring new experiences, backgrounds, and ideas to the research programs.  The labs are specifically looking for students who are under-represented in the sciences. This includes:

  • Racial and ethnic background
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religious diversity
  • First-generation students
  • International students
  • Students with disabilities
  • Nontraditional students
  • Rural students
  • Older students
  • Students with families

Why should you consider becoming a member of a lab?

  • It is the best way to learn deeply about psychology
  • You contribute to creating new science
  • Earn credit in PSY 399 or 499
  • Experience in labs leads to honors projects and strong letters of recommendation for graduate school or employment
  • It’s fun!

Read about the participating labs by clicking on the 'Participating Labs' tab above.  To apply to become a member of an ENERGIZE lab, click on the 'Apply to ENERGIZE' tab and fill out the form.

These are the laboratories currently participating in the ENERGIZE program.  Each lab has agreed to hold open at least one position for an ENERGIZE student (but that position might already be filled).  In addition, the lab has agreed to be flexible in considering student preparation (e.g., GPA, courses taken), hours that a student might commit to the lab, and the times during the day and week that a student is available to work in the lab. Finally, the lab director is committed to some direct contact and mentoring (e.g., in research and the graduate school application process). This mentoring commitment may require that you attend high-level lab meetings.

You can find out more about each lab by clicking on the links to go to the lab websites.

After you have chosen one or more labs, fill out the form on the “Apply” tab. ENERGIZE program staff will try to arrange for you to meet with a student in the lab for an interview, and you may also be interviewed by the lab director. Be sure to prepare for this interview by reading scientific papers produced by the lab (you can find these papers at the lab websites).  Be ready to talk about the papers, why you are interested in the lab, what you can contribute, and when you are available.

  • Aktipkis,  Cooperation and Conflict Lab: We explore a variety of topics such as evolution of empathy, prosociality, and more.
  • Benitez, Learning & Development Lab: The lab is focused on understanding early language and cognitive development. Our research studies specifically examine how young children learn words from monolingual and bilingual input.
  • Berkel, REACH Institute: We conduct research to reduce health disparities by promoting the dissemination and implementation of culturally informed, evidence-based prevention programs.
  • Brewer, Memory and Attention Control Lab: Our research projects investigate human memory and attention capabilities and how they support a wide range of behaviors.
  • Chassin, Pathways of Risk and Resilience Lab: We focus on the intergenerational transmission of alcohol and tobacco use.
  • Corbin, Behavioral Alcohol Research for Clinical Advancement: The lab conducts laboratory and survey research on processes involved in alcohol-related problems.
  • Doane, Adolescent Stress Lab: Our lab studies child and adolescent daily experiences, stress, and well-being with emphasis on physiological, psychological and contextual levels of analysis. 
  • Ha: @HEART; Healthy experiences Across Relationships and Transitions: The lab focuses on understanding the reciprocal processes that link romantic relationship experiences to emotional and behavioral adjustment.
  • Lemery-Chalfant, Doane, Davis, Arizona Twin Project: We explore early biological and environmental risk and protective factors for later mental and physical health of children.
  • Lucca, Emerging Minds Lab: We explore the developmental and evolutionary foundations of human cognition, curiosity, and communication.
  • Luecken, Perez, Las Madres Nuevas/The New Mothers Project (LMN): The LMN project is a longitudinal study of the health and development of Mexican American children.
  • McBeath, PEARL Lab: The PEARL Lab (Perception, Ecological-Action, Robotics, & Learning), headed by Dr. Michael McBeath, does computational modeling of real-world perception-action phenomena including sports, music, VR, illusions, and emotions, and is also affiliated with the SAMBA (Science of Art, Music, & Brain Activity) research group..
  • McClure, Decision Neuroscience Laboratory: We investigate the brain processes that underlie valuation and decision-making in people. We aim to understand the function of individual brain system in how they represent and learn information about available rewards.
  • McNamara, Science of Learning and Educational Technology (SoLET) Lab: The SoLET lab focuses on applying research from computer science, education, and psychology in educational environments. The research aims to further the understanding of cognitive processes and to use this theoretical foundation to improve educational methods.
  • Neuberg, Evolution, Ecology, and Social Behavior Lab, Integrating social psychologybehavioral ecology, and evolutionary biology, we explore fundamental questions about stereotyping and prejudices, how physical environments and social ecologies shape cognitions, behaviors, culture, and health, and how social goals shape the ways we perceive and understand the world around us.
  • Patock-Peckham, http://www.socialaddictionsimpulselab.org/ We study internalizing and externalizing pathways to behavioral control mechanisms involved in alcohol consumption.   
  • Perez, Eating Pathology Lab: We explore the genetic, biological, psychophysiological, cultural, and environmental underpinnings of eating behavior and unhealthy lifestyles.
  • Sanabria, Basic Behavioral Processes Lab: We study basic processes of learning, timing, choice, and impulsivity in rodent models.
  • Su, Genes, Environment, and Youth Development Lab: The lab focuses on understanding how genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of alcohol use disorders with a focus on racial/ethnic minority adolescents and young adults.
Describe how you fit the ENERGIZE program under-represented criteria. The labs are specifically looking for students who are under-represented in the sciences. This includes: Racial and ethnic background, Sexual orientation, Religious diversity, First-generation students, International students, Students with disabilities, Nontraditional students, Rural students, Older students, Students with families