As an Undergraduate
Our success depends on the participation of bright and motivated research assistants. If you have a strong motivation to learn about empirical research and are reliable, with good organizational skills, we'd love to have you join our group. Hands-on experience is the best way to learn about how research works and to get the experience and recommendation letters necessary to pursue an advanced degree in the social sciences.
As a research assistant, you will be an active team member involved in all aspects of an ongoing research project. We conduct a variety of different kinds of research, including surveys, experimental laboratory based psychophysiology studies, qualitative interviews, and daily diaries (see our Projects page for more about what we do). Because of the amount of training necessary, you should be prepared to commit at least 9 hours per week for at least 2 semesters. Currently enrolled students can receive course credit. If all this sounds interesting, please contact Emily Butler to arrange an interview.
As a Graduate Student
The Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD) department at the University of Arizona (UA) offers a rigorous training program for students interested in careers in research, teaching, or applied domains relevant to families, relationships, or human development. Graduate students working with the HIS group have opportunities to pursue research on a variety of topics related to health, emotion, and relationships. You will be able to take advantage of a wide range of resources supporting both laboratory and field based studies, including a fully equipped psychophysiology lab, technological support for conducting Internet based studies, and an intensive curriculum in advanced statistical methodologies. In addition, we are associated with the Frances H. McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families which facilitates multidisciplinary research and outreach on critical issues facing children, youth, and families. Overall, the University of Arizona offers an outstanding intellectual community, with active interdisciplinary collaborations across campus and a dedication to providing excellence in research, teaching, and outreach.